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Homecoming: Greet New England Little League champs at 5 p.m. Friday at Diamond Hill Park

August 20, 2014


CUMBERLAND – Dave Belisle promised his Cumberland American ballplayers that they would be regaled upon returning to town, and local officials are taking necessary measures to ensure the darlings of the Little League World Series receive a proper homecoming.
 

Cumberland American sees run at LLWS come to an end

August 18, 2014

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — The world championship dream is over.

The memories will last a lifetime.

Cumberland's Little League World Series run ended Monday night at Lamade Stadium as it made another furious comeback only to watch Chicago score two fifth-inning runs and win an 8-7 thriller.

Cumberland American soaking up TV exposure

August 18, 2014

Their game on Monday night against Chicago's Jackie Robinson West will be Cumberland American’s seventh straight on television. It will also be the team’s fourth consecutive appearance on the national networks of ESPN.

Not a big deal? Consider this contrast, then.

The NBA’s Boston Celtics, whose schedule was just recently announced, are slated for only one nationally televised contest for their entire upcoming season. Cumberland’s Little Leaguers beat that slim total in just a weekend.

Cumberland stays alive at Little League World Series on Davock’s walk-off double

August 17, 2014


SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — As 10,732 eyes stared at him and millions more watched worldwide, Cumberland’s shortstop/pitcher CJ Davock blocked it all out.
 
It was just he and the pitcher. The frustration of an inning earlier was gone. An opportunity awaited and redemption was at hand.
 
Davock pounded on it, earned it and kept a dream alive.

Late comeback falls short this time as Cumberland drops Series opener, 6-4

August 15, 2014


SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Cumberland manager Dave Belisle and coach Matthew Wright proved they learned from their 2011 Little League World Series experience.

Cumberland American ready for some Texas heat

August 14, 2014

Special to The Call
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — The players are having as much fun as the players from 2011 did.
The coaches, though, have changed their message a bit this time.


The Cumberland American Little League is back at the Little League World Series for a second time in four years. And this time it thinks it can stay a little longer.

The Bourque stops here: Cumberland American catcher has been instrumental in success

August 14, 2014

Those who have closely followed the chronicles of Cumberland American this summer are well aware of Trey Bourque’s offensive prowess. For those late to the game, let’s examine the youngster’s stat line from the New England Little League Regional tournament.

 

Plenty of area teams have walked in Cumberland American's shoes before

August 13, 2014

As the players and coaches in the Cumberland American are discovering this week, there’s nothing little about the Little League World Series.

On the surface, competing in this grand spectacle – how else would you describe an event that includes participants hailing from around the country and the world? – can seem overwhelming. ESPN cameras are practically everywhere, which CALL manager Dave Belisle hinted at earlier this week upon stating, “All of the eyes of the world are on Williamsport.”

Cooley, Friars ready for Italian sojourn

August 11, 2014

PROVIDENCE – For a different and perhaps refreshing change of pace, Ed Cooley won’t have to worry about juggling timeouts, what instructions to bark out or rack his brain in hopes of recalling the vivid details of the opposition’s scouting report.

As Cooley and his Providence College Friars embark on a 10-day, three-game exhibition swing through Europe’s sunny peninsula, the head coach does so with somewhat of a lightened load. During PC’s three exhibition contests against Italian competition, Cooley will let his assistant coaches run the show while he sits and observes.

Magic Johnson reflects on '12 trade between Red Sox, Dodgers

August 10, 2014

PAWTUCKET --The very presence of Magic Johnson at McCoy Stadium on Sunday offered an interesting juxtaposition.

Here was the NBA legend, standing on the same plush and well-manicured field that became second nature to Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa during the past two seasons. The two former PawSox pitchers represent the prospect-laden haul the Red Sox received from Johnson’s Dodgers when the two teams ironed out a blockbuster trade that is rapidly approaching its two-year anniversary.