Glastonbury All-Stars just miss state title
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Wed., Aug. 3, 2011
The Glastonbury Little League All-Stars have every reason to hold their heads high, despite dropping the third and final game of the state championship series to Fairfield American on Aug. 2.
Glastonbury had won the first game 7-4, on July 30, and was narrowly edged in a tense game the following day, 3-2. Game three was pushed to Aug. 2, after thunderstorms cancelled Monday's game in Prospect.
The long ball was the theme for game three, as Glastonbury’s Ian Halpin and Aiden Scott smacked back-to-backers in the bottom of the first, after Fairfield scratched one across, to make it 2-1. But, Fairfield struck back with a three-run homer by Brendan Layne in the second, and later tacked on two more three-run homers to make it a 13-3 rout, despite great defense being played on both sides of the ball. There was just one error in the game.
Despite the players being understandably upset, Glastonbury coach Pete Halpin remained upbeat. “I know they’re a little bummed out now,” he said. “But these guys are winners because they get to play baseball for this long. We’ve never been here before. This is the best thing that can happen for a 12-year-old.”
Fairfield will represent Connecticut in the New England Regionals, played in Bristol. Halpin said Fairfield rightfully deserves their success. “We knew they were a strong hitting team,” he said. “We left the ball up a couple of times, and they took advantage, like a good team does. I hope they represent Connecticut well in the New England Regionals. We’ll be there watching.”
Halpin said his players’ devotion to the game got them to the state finals, and their love of the game will continue. “Whether it’s in a sand lot, or in a park, or in a stadium, these guys are the boys of summer,” he said. “They’re going to keep on playing baseball. They are the tightest group of guys. They played ball together all day long for me, and then they go to each other’s houses and play ball.”
Halpin said the 12-year-olds will soon likely be varsity stars at GHS.
“Watch the high school box scores down the line,” he said. “You’ll see a lot of these kids in there.”