BRISTOL, Conn. (NEWS CENTER) - South Portland's quest for a New England regional little league championships fell one game short Saturday afternoon in Bristol, Connecticut.
The South Portland American Little League team lost 10–0 to the Connecticut champions from Fairfield. Andrew Heffernan pitched into the fifth inning for Maine. Maine appeared to have scored early on a two run homerun from Nolan Hobbs, but the ball was ruled foul.
Fairfield added three runs in the third inning, and then another four in the fourth inning.
Maine had another chance in the fourth inning, but Richie "Big Daddy Hacks" grounded out with the bases loaded.
The Maine team went 4-2 in the tournament. The last time South Portland American won the state championship was 1967. Of the six games the team played in seven days, three were comeback wins. The team's only two losses were to Connecticut, which will now advance to the Little League World Series to represent New England.