The under-14 Ridgefield Rebels Uprising took home the Fairfield County Fastpitch Softball League championship. The tournament took place in Bethel and ran from Friday through Sunday.
The Rebels, coached by Heather Sabino and Fran Kiernan are composed of girls from Ridgefield, Redding/Easton, Wilton, Sherman and Weston, put on an impressive performance by going undefeated throughout the three-day tournament to capture the championship on Sunday in Bethel.
The Rebels went undefeated in pool play with strong victories over the Bethel Blast, Danbury Crush and Newtown Hawks and went into the single-elimination round as the top seed. They began their road to victory in the semifinal game with a 7-2 win over the Fairfield Fury.
Kailey Westington got the start for the Rebels, holding the Fury offense to one hit in the first five innings of play before handing the game over to Sommer Rogg from to close the game. Rogg also led the offense by going four for four in the game with two doubles, while Sydnie DeMarco went three for four and Eliza Ward went two for four with a run scored.
Taylor Alward, Pippa Gosden and Maddy Meech of each contributed singles.
With a championship trophy in their sights the Rebels advanced to the championship game against the Bethel Blast. Westington got the start on the mound and with the Blast threatening in the first three innings the Rebels showed their true strength, playing flawless defense behind their pitcher to end any possible threats.
The Rebels’ bats came to life in the bottom half of the fourth inning, scoring three runs on two hits and a few timely walks. Once again in the bottom of the sixth the bats heated up, as they scored four runs on three hits.
With the Blast down by six in the top of the seventh, Meech, who started in left field in every tournament game, made a key catch on a hard drive for the second out of the inning, ending any hope of a Bethel comeback. The final out of the game was then recorded by second basemen Rogg who settled under an infield pop fly to clinch the championship for the Rebels.
Rogg was named the Tournament MVP going 13 for 18 on the weekend for the Rebels while also pitching a no-hitter in pool play and playing flawless defense at second base. She hit .410 on the season while Meech hit .360 and held down left field for the entirety of the season.