BRISTOL â Courtesy of a thrilling 7-5 triumph over Wickfordâs best on Sunday evening, the Cumberland American All-Stars mustered a berth in the R.I. Little League Major Division (10-11) Tournamentâs title tilt at King Philip Little Leagueâs 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 âretired the last three on a strikeout and two groundouts,â stated CALL skipper Dave Belisle. âHe was outstanding. He put out the fire.â
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 Kopackâs walk, Nick Croteau delivered an RBI single.
âWe were in trouble in the sixth,â Belisle said, stating Sacchetti and Mason Walsh had whacked RBI hits. âThey already had scored three, with no outs, and the bases were loaded, but Trey (Thibeault) pitched great.â
CALL now will battle the victor of the Wickford-Johnston losersâ bracket final back at Pigeon Field at 5:30 p.m., Thursday.