Cumberland American takes R.I. championship in another come-from-behind thriller
Above, Cumberland American teammates mob Tyler Provost moments after he scored the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly by Sean Meers in the bottom of the sixth, to seal an 8-7 walk-off win against Cranston Western in the R.I. State Little League Major Division Championship on Thursday. (Photo by Jerry Silberman/risportsphoto.com)
BRISTOL -- The Cumberland American All-Stars continue to play their best baseball with their backs to the wall. And after already earning two wild walk-off victories to make it through the District IV tournament, their latest last-at-bat-win captured the R.I. State Little League Major Division Championship.
Sean Meers, who had replaced Trey Thibeault in right field the previous inning, drove in Tyler Provost from third with a sacrifice fly with one out in the home half of the sixth inning to deliver a stunning 8-7 triumph for Cumberland American over Cranston Western at Roger W. Pigeon Field on Thursday night.
With the verdict, CALL completed a perfect 7-0 record for district and state tournament play, and sealed a berth in the Little League Baseball New England Region Championship tournament, slated to begin Saturday, Aug. 2, in Bristol, Conn.
Their foe will be the Massachusetts state champs, with the game scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
For manager Dave Belisle, this was his second Ocean State crown since 2011, the same summer CALL ended up in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
For full story, photos and stats, see Friday's print edition of The Call.
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