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Eight-inning outburst sends Cumberland American to New England finals

August 7, 2014

Cumberland American manager Dave Belisle and Nick Croteau are heading to the New England Little League finals. PHOTO BY ERNEST A. BROWN

BRISTOL, Conn. – Buoyed by a nine-run uprising in the top of the eighth inning, Cumberland American stormed past Falmouth, Maine, 13-4, in the semifinals of the New England Little League Regional tournament at Breen Field.

CALL now advances to Saturday night’s championship game and will face either top-seed Fairfield (Conn.) American or No. 4 Barnstable (Mass.) American. Cumberland routed Barnstable in pool play while falling to Fairfield thanks to a walk-off home run in the bottom of the sixth.

Saturday’s New England finale will air live on ESPN beginning at 7 p.m.

Cumberland American’s outburst in the eighth was keyed by a bases-loaded walk by Tyler Provost, a two-run single by Sean Meers, an RBI single by Trey Bourque, an RBI single by Nick Croteau, and a three-run home run by Jayden Struble.

The teams traded runs for most of the contest, leading to five lead changes in the game.

Struble racked up three RBI on four hits.

Croteau got the win for Cumberland American, allowing one run over three innings. Croteau struck out six, walked none and gave up four hits.

Cumberland American LL jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the second. A two-run blast by Trey Bourque, scoring Mason Matos started the inning off.

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