BRISTOL, Conn. – The final game of pool play of the Little League Eastern Regionals may very well prove a harbinger of things to come.
Yes, the Cumberland Major Divisions All-Stars and the George J. Hummel Little League from Seymour, Conn. still have to get through its respective quarterfinal-round clashes before meeting with a spot in the regional championship hanging in the balance.
After the performance these same two teams staged Wednesday night at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex, it’s certainly within the realm of possibility that a rematch could be in the fold come Friday.
In a matchup on undefeated clubs, Cumberland took advantage of four errors by George J. Hummel to score a 3-0 victory. Cumberland was actually outhit, 5-3, but managed to do enough damage to finish pool play with a sterling 4-0 mark.
Cumberland’s prize for going 4-for-4 in the round-robin portion is the No. 1 overall seed in the New England division. Based on the standings, Cumberland is scheduled to face the No. 4 seed from the Mid-Atlantic division, Sharpsburg, Md., tonight at 8 o’clock.
Now the No. 2 seed after falling to 3-1, Connecticut will face the Mid-Atlantic’s No. 3 seed, Staten Island, N.Y. today at 2 p.m.
Should Cumberland pass its test on Thursday, it would play at 2 p.m. on Friday. Cumberland could possibly face Connecticut for a chance to play in the tournament’s finale, set for 7 p.m. Friday.
Cumberland jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Alexandra Pina reached on an error that enabled Abigail Goncalves to score. Goncalves led off the game with a single.
Dayna Jackvony drove in a run to highlight Cumberland’s two-run uprising in the fourth inning.
Three Cumberland pitchers – Pina, Jackvony and Mackenzie Vallely – teamed up for the shutout. Pina struck out three batters in her two hitless innings of work.