Westport, Conn. makes first appearance in Little League World Series

08/11/2013 1:43 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
Westport, Conn. pitcher Chad Knight was wearing a baseball uniform instead of shining armor Saturday night, but he was the hero in helping his town reach the Little League World Series for the first time ever.

Before 6,274 fans at Breen Field in Bristol, Conn., Knight threw a complete game one-hit shutout and also drove in his team's only run, doing it all himself in a 1-0 victory over Lincoln, R.I. in the New England Regional championship game.

Knight allowed just three baserunners over his six innings, with 14 of his 18 outs coming via strikeout, including the first four of the game.

"He was pitching great and it made it really easy for me to catch him," Westport catcher Matt Stone told the New Haven Register. "And all his pitches were working, so he pitched great."

Knight also helped himself with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth, hitting a ground ball to third base that was mishandled and allowed the game's only run to score.

Three outs later, Knight gave Westport its first trip to Williamsport and made them the fourth Connecticut team (following Shelton National in 2008 and Fairfield American in both 2010 and 2012) to reach the LLWS in the last six years.

"Incredible game. It's a shame someone had to lose that game," Westport head coach Tim Rogers said.

Westport, which has gone 18-0 en route to Williamsport, will begin Little League World Series play at 7 p.m. Thursday night when they face the Southeast Regional champions from South Nashville, Tenn., at iconic Howard J. Lamade Stadium.

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