Cumberland American captures District IV Major Division title in thrilling fashion
Cumberland American starting pitcher Nick Croteau rounds the bases after connecting for a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning Monday night. PHOTO BY ERNEST A. BROWN
BURRILLVILLE â€” If you have a penchant for the dramatic, and you attended the Cumberland American-Lincoln All-Star Game on Monday night, your appetite was whetted.
In the end, Jayden Struble walloped a three-run home run to left field with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning to deliver to CALL a 9-6 walk-off victory over Lincoln at Sherman Park. With the triumph, Cumberland American not only captured the Rhode Island District IV Major Division crown, but also sealed a berth in next weekendâ€™s state tournament in Bristol.
In that pivotal bottom of the sixth, Trey Bourque led off with a walk, moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on a groundout before scoring on an infield error. That tied the contest at six-all.
Lincoln relief pitcher Sam Ferranti then issued an intentional walk to Nick Croteau. C.J. Davock then reached on yet another Lincoln error before Struble provided his heroics. The blast was Strubleâ€™s second of the game.
It was Dominic Crocenziâ€™s two-run homer just feet inside the left-field foul pole that allowed Lincoln to collect a 6-5 lead with two down in the top of the sixth inning. In the previous frame, CALL had broken a 4-4 deadlock when Tyler Provost bashed a solo home run to right-center to give the home team its first advantage of the contest at 5-4.
Cumberland American and Lincoln met last year in the district finals with Lincoln notching a 13-2 victory.
Earlier in the night at the same field, Lincoln captured the 9-10-Year-Old All-Star Division.
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