STAMFORD — It was time to make history.

The Darien Little League All-Stars scored twice in the bottom of the sixth inning Friday night to grab an 8-7 triumph over Stamford National in the District 1 Tournament double-elimination phase at Lione Field.

“It feels so good to finally beat Stamford National,” said Darien’s Sam Sealy, who had two solo homers in the win. “All our practice has paid off.”

Simeon Doll was another hero for Darien, which stayed alive in the double-elimination bracket with the victory. Doll’s sacrifice fly to deep left scored Brady Campbell with the winning run. Doll, a lefty, also hurled 1 2/3 innings of relief to finish the job for Darien.

“I just wanted to make contact. I just wanted to get the ball to the outfield,” Doll said of his final at-bat. “On the mound, I just looked to use all three of my pitches to try and keep the Stamford National hitters off-balance.”

The contest was 5-5 after three innings and 6-6 after five innings.

“We had lost six straight times to Stamford National,” said Darien manager Duane Biagi. “They beat us 15-0 last year. But this Darien team knows how to come back. They played with heart. They never lost faith. They showed what hard work can do for you. I’m so proud of their accomplishment.”


With the loss, Stamford National is eliminated from the five-team, double-elimination bracket.

As 10 and 11-year-olds last year, this group of Stamford National kids won the Connecticut State 10-11 Title and advanced to the New Englands.

Friday night, Ben Isenstein had a solo homer and Stamford National batted around in the third inning to score four runs.

Despite 12 hits — many stroked to the opposite-field — it was not meant to be for the 2017 Stamford National Little League All-Stars.

“This was a phenomenal group of kids. I coached most of them for the last three or four years,” said Stamford National manager Kevin Hackett. “Earning the state title last year was a very special run. An unforgettable accomplishment. But this year the District 1 12s is such a tough bracket. The ultimate winner will be a great representative going forward. It’s tough to lose. But I’m so honored to have had the opportunity to coach these kids.”

Darien collected 11 hits on the evening. In the bottom of the sixth, Will Smosky bunted to reach base leading off. Brady Campbell reached base for the third straight at-bat on an error. Jack Barber stroked an RBI single to center. And Doll’s sacrifice fly touched off a celebration.

With the victory, Darien should next face Wilton in the District 1 double-elimination phase on Monday at a site and time to be finalized.


STAMFORD NATIONAL 104 101—7 12 1

DARIEN 041 012—8 11 0

Batteries: SN—Thomas Frangiose, Zach Powell (4, L) and Ben Isenstein. D—Matt Spenner, Simeon Doll (5, W) and Davis Biagi. HR—Ben Isenstein (SN). Sam Sealy (D) 2.