WARWICK â After capturing the state title for 11-year-olds last year with basically the same core of players, Cumberland American All-Star coach Dave Belisle kind of had a feeling his team had what it took to excel in the Major Division this summer.
Just a little more than a month after the season began, his young and talented players certainly proved it.
WEST WARWICK --- They will try this again today.
Tuesdayâs start to the American Legion Senior Division âElite Eightâ double-elimination tournament only reached a few innings before inclement weather rained on most of the state and suspended both opening-round doubleheaders at McCarthy Field in West Warwick and Pierce Field in East Providence.
Itâs a special time for the players of the Cumberland American Little League All-Star team. The squad, which is mostly comprised of 12-year-old youths, stormed through the District IV Major Division Tournament and after two dominating victories at the state level stands just a win away from representing Rhode Island at the Eastern Regionals in Bristol, Conn., next week.
Manager Arnie Beyeler may not want to admit it but his Pawtucket Red Sox are in a pennant race. They open a four-game series with International League North leader Lehigh Valley tonight in Allentown, Pa. The PawSox trailed the IronPigs by one game heading into Monday nightâs action.
We hear all the time that Pawtucketâs main job is to have replacement players ready for Boston, and the PawSox have succeeded in that department, too. Their âalumniâ have played an integral role in Bostonâs rise to the top of the American League East this season.
Two-time regular-season champion Cumberland Post 14 and red-hot Collette Vacations Post 79 will be among the âElite Eightâ teams that will play for the state championship this week when the R.I. American Legion Senior Division tournament moves into the double-elimination format.
In seasons past, the double-elimination portion of the postseason wouldnât get under way until four ballclubs were left standing after winning a best-of-three quarterfinal and semifinal-round series.
WARWICK â Another day, another offensive explosion by Cumberland American.
Manager Dave Belisleâs club moved within one win of claiming the Major Division state championship Sunday, throttling Cranston Western 15-0 in a four-inning mercy-rule affair at Warwick West Side Little Leagueâs Abe Klitzner Field.
WARWICK â Collette Vacations Post 79 took care of business in the preliminary round of the R.I. American Legion Senior Division playoffs, sweeping Senerchia Post 74 in two games.
Post 79 got a near-flawless pitching performance from Andrew Veiga during Saturdayâs 2-0 victory in Game 2. Veiga only faced 30 batters over nine innings as Colletteâs defense once again played a key role in the teamâs victory.
SEEKONK â Firefly Golf Course certainly fits the definition of the word âunique.â
What other golf course in the area plays to a par of 60 and measures just 3,644 yards? Only Firefly, an executive golf course that was designed and built by womenâs golf legend Joanne Carner and her husband Don Hoenig back in 1962.
CUMBERLAND â Cumberland American Little League All-Star coach Dave Belisle has been this route before.
When his team, the recent District IV champions, takes to the field Saturday night for its opening-round game in the state tournament, it will be the second time that Belisle has made the trip.
Four years ago when his son Brian was on the squad, he was the coach when CALL also competed at the states after copping the district title with an exciting win over a very-talent Smithfield team in the finals.
PAWTUCKET â PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler gave everyone a scare after lifting shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias after seven innings Thursday night. After all, this is the same Iglesias that was hit in the head with a fastball on July 3, resulting in a concussion that sidelined him for two-plus weeks.
After a narrow 5-4 loss to Lehigh Valley, Beyeler clarified that the plan was to ease Iglesias back into the fray. âHe felt good. We were thinking three at-bats or five innings, something in that range,â said the skipper. âHe had a nice night.â