The Fairfield summer baseball season is in full swing.
(Get it? Swing?)
Puns aside, it’s been a split year so far for Fairfield baseball. On the one hand, American and National Little League have outscored their opponents by a combined 24 runs in their opening games.
But there’s a long way to go before even the District 2 championship game– likely a meeting between the two rivals on July 14, and potentially 15.
Yet, on the legion side of the coin, Fairfield’s having some struggles. The senior bunch is 4-12 after an 8-3 loss to Stamford Wednesday night. The junior bunch is 6-10.
There’ll be a longer version of this story coming next week– and if you can answer the following question, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org– but how is Fairfield legion so bad? I spoke with general manager Sars Ford who told me the team’s history is bad, and its recent history is worse.
“We had participation issues early on,” coach Jon Servilla told me Wednesday. “We just haven’t put it all together.”
Yet, here we are in a town with four high schools– two of which are public and another, Prep, pulls kids most of its kids from Fairfield. There are dozens of fields around town, and legion– which is as American as apple pie– can’t do better than 4-12?
To quote Blues Traveler: There is something amiss.
AAU, mostly, steals Fairfield’s thunder. But if you look at both National and American’s success and, again, the high schools, you’d expect more.
We blew out the Fairfield Half Marathon. Here’s my race story from the Citizen, Meg Barone’s color story, Mike Lauterborn’s feature on race director Steve Lobdell, Kevin Duffy’s terrific column and the slideshow.
Pat Pickens is the sports editor of the Fairfield Citizen, a Hearst Connecticut Newspaper organization. Follow him on Twitter here.