Cumberland finishes New England pool play at 4-0, will face Maryland in Eastern Regional quarterfinals
BRISTOL, Conn. â€“ The final game of pool play of the Little League Eastern Regionals may very well prove a harbinger of things to come.
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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, itâ€™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.
Cumberlandâ€™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 oâ€™clock.
Now the No. 2 seed after falling to 3-1, Connecticut will face the Mid-Atlanticâ€™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 tournamentâ€™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 Cumberlandâ€™s two-run uprising in the fourth inning.
Three Cumberland pitchers â€“ Pina, Jackvony and Mackenzie Vallely â€“ teamed up for the shutout. Pina struck out three batters in her two hitless innings of work.