Scenes from Westport Little League’s state tournament game Friday against East Lyme at Unity Field in Trumbull. Westport, which lost 6-2, takes on Shelton in an elimination bracket game Saturday. / Photos by George Maddaloni

By George Maddaloni

TRUMBULL — Westport Little Leaguers take the field Saturday, hoping to bounce back in game three of the state tournament after suffering a 6-2 setback Friday evening.

Westport and East Lyme were locked in a tight battle until the last inning when East Lyme broke it open with four unanswered runs to advance to the title game title game. 

Friday’s game at Unity Field continued action from a storm-delayed Thursday game, which was suspended with East Lyme leading 2-0 in the second inning.

When play resumed Friday, with Nolan Walters pitching for Westport, both sides remained scoreless until the fifth inning.

Westport broke through when Justin Goldshore belted a hit in the bottom of the fifth, driving in Miles Delorier and Grant Theisinger, knotting the score 2-2.

But East Lyme regained momentum in the next inning, loading the bases with runners who managed to steal home three times. East Lyme’s Colton Glover batted in another runner, the fourth of the inning, before the side was retired with a 6-2 lead.

In the bottom of the sixth, Westport looked to rally when Torrey Rossetter made it to first base and then stole second. But East Lyme buckled down, stifling Westport’s comeback bid without allowing a run to score.

“Hats off to East Lyme, they played really well today,” Westport Coach Marc Theisinger said after the game. “We just didn’t get the bats going.”

Westport is back in action at 11 a.m. Saturday at Unity Field for an elimination bracket rematch against Shelton, which qualified for the game by beating Brooklyn 3-0 on Friday.

Westport will be hoping to repeat results of its tournament opening 5-1 win over Shelton on Wednesday.

Shelton will “have their ace going and we’re going to have our ace going,” Coach Theisinger said. “It’s going to be a good game.”

The winner of Saturday’s game advances to the title game against East Lyme, scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday at Unity Field. (If needed, a seventh game will be played at 6 p.m. Monday.)

The state champion moves on to Little League’s Metro Region tournament next week in Bristol.