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Darien National Falls in Semifinals

Darien National's season came to a close Thursday with a 3-0 loss to North Stamford in the District 1 Little League semifinals. Casey Brown pitched four innings and gave up only two hits while striking out seven for National, but a pair of passed balls in the third inning allowed North Stamford to get on the board.

Charlie Travers added two innings of no-hit relief to finish the game for Darien. "Both pitchers pitched their hearts out," Darien coach Paul Voigt said.

National appeared poised to take the lead in the top of the second after a Travers double and a Jamie Scofield single gave them runners on first and third with only one out. Stamford pitcher Luke Dawson battled back, though, and struck out the next two batters to retire the side. "[Dawson] pitched a great game," Voigt said. "Take your cap off to him. Good pitching beats good hitting."

After Kevin Stone made it 1-0 for Stamford with an RBI double in the bottom of the third, two pitches eluded the catcher to give Stamford a 3-0 lead. On the offensive end, Darien's usually powerful bats went silent, and it failed to advance a runner past second base after the second inning. "Our guys are good hitters," Voigt said. "We didn't show it, but we're good hitters."

While he was disappointed his team won't be playing in Saturday's final, Voigt said that in 10 years of coaching, this was the furthest one of his teams had advanced. "This is the best team I've had," he said. "By far."

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