Cumberland American punches ticket to District IV finals
Cumberland Americanâ€™s Addison Kopack crosses the plate during a recent District IV Major Division game against Burrillville. Kopack went 2-for-4 with two RBI and was also the winning pitcher Monday night, going four innings in CALLâ€™s 11-3 victory against Smithfield. PHOTO BY ERNEST A. BROWN
SMITHFIELD â€” The Cumberland American All-Stars came into this R.I. Little League District IV Tournament winnersâ€™ bracket final with consecutive â€śmercy-ruleâ€ť triumphs over rival Cumberland National and Burrillville.
In the latter tilt, skipper Dave Belisleâ€™s crew clobbered nine extra-base hits and 17 in all to deliver a 19-0 pasting, that following a 10-0 victory over CNLL.
The key question on Monday night was this: Did Smithfield have enough offensive firepower to outduel CALL?
For an inning, the answer was yes. After that? Nope.
CALL erupted for 18 hits, seven for extra bags and three over the fence, and crushed the hosts, 11-3, before a hefty crowd of perhaps 200 at Deerfield Parkâ€™s DiNoble Field.
For complete story, see Tuesday's Woonsocket Call
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