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With offense on fire, CALL awaits foe in Little League state finals

July 21, 2014

Cumberland American catcher Trey Bourque watches as his base hit fall in during the fourth inning of Saturday’s game against Coventry American in the Rhode Island Little League Major Division State Tournament. CALL stands just one win away from clinching the state title and a subsequent spot in the New England Regionals. PHOTO BY ERNEST A. BROWN

CUMBERLAND — Even dating back to last summer, skipper Dave Belisle had a feeling his Cumberland American Little League All-Stars wouldn't have much of an issue with the bats.

But even he's surprised with how his roster of 12 has produced this time around.

Consider these statistics: In four straight triumphs over Smithfield (11-3) and Lincoln (9-6) in the R.I. District IV Major Division (11-12) event, then two more against Coventry American (5-4) and Cranston Western (17-4) in the state tournament, his squad has outscored its opponents, 42-17.

It gets better. In those decisions, five of his mainstays have delivered 32 of their 47 hits, with 19 of their 23 of the extra-base variety. In the process, they've assembled a .542 batting average with 12 homers, 27 RBI and 33 runs.

For complete story, see Tuesday's Times

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