Sunday, August 25, 2013
Scenes from today’s Little League World Series consolation game which Westport lost to Mexico 15-14. The game was marked by a Westport trademark comeback effort in which they scored eight runs in two innings to tie at 13-13. Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com
UPDATE Westport came from behind with a five-run fifth inning and three in the sixth but could not prevail today as Mexico won the Little League World Series consolation game 15-14 at South Williamsport, Pa. Chad Knight had two home runs.
Westport will welcome home the Little Leaguers with a Monday parade on Main Street at 5 p.m. with a ceremony to follow on Jesup Green. Also to be honored are the 10-11 girls softball team which won the state championship.
In today’s game, Knight had two home runs and drove in seven runs, Harry Azadian had a three-run homer, and Matt Brown and Matt Stone had solo shots for Westport, which lost 12-1 to Chula Vista, Calif., in the U.S. title game on Saturday.
Mexico’s World Series run ended with a 3-2 loss to Japan for the international title on Saturday.
There was a smaller mostly Sunday brunch crowd at Westport’s Black Duck today watching the Little Leagues World Series consolation game Westport vs Mexico. Among the watchers were members of the Staples High School Class of 1973 Boo Wittnebert, Fairfield, Candy Goldstein, Westport, Sharon Logan, Wilton, Cameron Brand, now of North Carolina (formerly of Westport), and Jane Eason, Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Commissioner Dan Esty of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection addresses today’s centennial celebration of the state parks at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. He paid tribute to 19 volunteers, some state employees, who participated in “The SoJourn,” an 11-day, 189-mile trek across Connecticut from Quaddick State Park in Thompson to Sherwood Island State Park by bike, by kayak and on foot as part of the state celebration. Also addressing the ceremony were (l-r) state Sen. Toni Boucher, state Reps. Gail Lavielle and Jonathan Steinberg, and Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A centennial celebration of Connecticut’s state parks today at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport included a stroll of volunteers dressed in beach fashions of 100 years ago. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
This is what a visit to Sherwood Island State Park in Westport might have looked like 100 years ago. The vintage recreation was part of today’s centennial celebration at the park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Norwalkers Peggy and Don Morey, dressed in early 1900s outfits, engaged in some old-fashioned canoodling at today’s centennial celebration of the state parks at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The cover of a calendar marking the Connecticut state parks centennial shows what Sherwood Island State Park in Westport looked like 100 years ago. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection photo
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - Connecticut State Parks centennial celebration
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Bird’s-Eye View”
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Oblivion”
7 p.m. - Jesup Green - Levitt Pavilion presents Fairfield Counts
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
The cast of the Westport Country Playhouse production of “Oblivion,” (l-r) Aidan Kunze, Katie Broad, Johanna Day, and Reg Rogers, take their bows tonight at the opening night and world premiere of the provocative new play about parents and teenagers. It was created by 29-year-old playwright and Juilliard graduate Carly Mensch, who was in attendance The play runs through Sept. 8. For more information and tickets, call the box office at (203) 227-4177 or visit http://www.westportplayhouse.org. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Playwright Carly Mensch (r) celebrates the premiere of “Oblivion” tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse at a post performance reception with (l-r) Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director, and actors Aidan Kunze, Johanna Day, Reg Rogers, and Katie Broad. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By James Lomuscio
Wiith Westport’s Little League’s last chance at bat in the bottom of the sixth—and trailing Chula Vista, Calif. 12 to 1—the fans who had gathered at the Black Duck today admitted it would take a miracle for their team to rally. And with two consecutive outs and the two strikes, that miracle seemed more and more elusive.
A couple of people left, admitting they couldn’t bear to see their beloved home team lose.
But with the final out, it really wasn’t a loss.
“They’ve done something great,” waitress Sheila Patrick said about the Westport 12-year-olds taking the New England title and advancing to the nationals in the Little League World series. “They’re going to be rock stars when they get back to school.”
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Westport’s pitcher Chad Knight, with his shoulder wrapped in ice, used a Gatoraide paper cup today to collect a souvenir cup of dirt from Lamade Field at the end of the World Series U. S. final. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com
The Westport Little League team tips their hats to supporters in the stands today after losing to Chula Vista, Calif. 12=1 in the Little League World Series U.S. final in South Williamsport, Pa. Westport will face Mexico in a consolation game at 11 a.m. Sunday to determine third place in the series. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Max Popken slides safely into home in the bottom of the first inning today against Chula Vista, Calif. to make the game 3-1. However, hitter Harrry Azadian was called out at third to end the inning. As it turned out, it was Westport’s only run of the game as it lost 12-1 in the Little League World Series U.S. final. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Max Popken leans over Micah Pietila-Wiggs of Chula Vista who was called safe at second in today’s Little League World Series U.S. final at South Williamsport, Pa. Chula Vista won 12-1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com
Scenes from today’s Litttle League World Series U.S. final. Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com
The crowd at the Black Duck Cafe in Westport broke into applause and a “We love Westport” chant today as Westport lost to Chula Vista, Calif. 12-1 in the Little League World Series U.S. final. WestportNow.com video by Helen Klisser During
Three youngsters watching today’s U.S. final Little League World Series game at the Black Duck in Westport show disappointment at Westport’s 12-1 loss to Chula Vista, Calif. They are (l-r) Brody Braunstein, 11, Zach Iannacone, 11, and Colin Konstanty, 9, all of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Jonathan Solis of Norwalk, manager of a Dunkin’ Donuts store in Westport, reacts to Westport’s loss today while watching the game at the Black Duck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
The Westport Little League dream ride toward a Little League World championship came to an end today with a 12-1 loss to Chula Vista, Calif. in the U.S. final.
Westport, which going into today’s game was No. 2 in the nation, will play a consolation game Sunday against Mexico to determine third place in the World Series. The 11 a.m. game will be broadcast on ESPN.
Japan beat Mexico, 3-2 earlier today to win the international title. Japan and Chula Vista will play for the world title on Sunday at 3 p.m. in a game to be broadcast by ABC.
Chula Vista handed Westport its first defeat of the season on Wednesday by a score of 6-3.
There were long faces at the Black Duck in Westport today as Westport trailed Chula Vista, Calif. 6-1 in the fifth inning of today’s Little League World Series U.S. final in South Williamsport, Pa. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
The Westport Arts Center showed its support today of Westport Little Leaguers. Jill Sarver, visual arts coordinator, shows off the message on the Arts Center’s deck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com