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Cumberland American ready to take on New England's best

August 1, 2014

Cumberland American manager Dave Belisle hands the ball to Nick Croteau during a pitching change during the July 20 Little League Major Division State Tournament game in Bristol, R.I. Another trip to Bristol beckons for CALL, this one taking the local lads and coaches to Connecticut for the New England Regional Tournament. Cumberland American opens play this afternoon against Massachusetts champion Barnstable. PHOTO BY ERNEST A. BROWN

BRISTOL, Conn.  – Cumberland American All-Stars mentor Dave Belisle received a phone call from pitching coach Matt Wright late Tuesday night, and it had everything to do with the Massachusetts Little League state championship game between Barnstable and Holden.

Wright had good reason to make the 75-plus-mile trek to Beverly; after all, he wanted to scout the contest, as the victor would face Belisle’s bunch in the opener of the New England Regional Tournament at 2 p.m., Saturday at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Training Center.

Turns out, Barnstable, the largest Little League on Cape Cod, had utilized Nick Wilson’s two-run double in the seventh inning to claim a 7-5 triumph over Holden, and earned the right to represent the Bay State.

“Matt just said that (Barnstable) is a really good team, but one we could definitely compete with, so that was good news,” Belisle explained. “He told me their pitching was strong, but not any stronger than the pitchers we saw at states. He said they were very comparable. It was the same thing with their defense, which he called solid, and he indicated they have a few kids with some power.”

For complete story, see Saturday's Call

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