BRISTOL â€“ Courtesy of a thrilling 7-5 triumph over Wickfordâ€™s best on Sunday evening, the Cumberland American All-Stars mustered a berth in the R.I. Little League Major Division (10-11) Tournamentâ€™s title tilt at King Philip Little Leagueâ€™s Pigeon Field.
C.J. Davock gained the victory after scattering seven hits and a walk while whiffing seven in his 4 1/3 innings of work. Trey Thibeault earned a most magnificent save in the sixth; Wickford had plated three to close the deficit to 7-5, but Thibeault â€śretired the last three on a strikeout and two groundouts,â€ť stated CALL skipper Dave Belisle. â€śHe was outstanding. He put out the fire.â€ť
Cumberland snatched a 1-0 advantage in the first when Davock walked and Jayden Struble â€“ who homered twice during a 15-10 win over Johnston on Saturday â€“ tripled him in.
CALL exploded for six more in the second to, in essence, put the game away. Among the highlights: Davock ripped a two-run double, Sean Meers registered a run-scoring single, and following a hit by Tyler Provost and Kopackâ€™s walk, Nick Croteau delivered an RBI single.
â€śWe were in trouble in the sixth,â€ť Belisle said, stating Sacchetti and Mason Walsh had whacked RBI hits. â€śThey already had scored three, with no outs, and the bases were loaded, but Trey (Thibeault) pitched great.â€ť
CALL now will battle the victor of the Wickford-Johnston losersâ€™ bracket final back at Pigeon Field at 5:30 p.m., Thursday.