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CALL pounds Cranston 17-4, moves one win from state title

July 20, 2014

Members of the Cumberland American team rush to greet teammate Addison Kopack after he homered in the bottom of the sixth inning against Coventry in the opening round of the Rhode Island Litle League Tournament in Bristol Saturday. (Photo by Ernest A. Brown)


BRISTOL  –  Sean Meers clubbed two homers, drove in five runs and scored three on Sunday as Cumberland American delivered a 17-4 mercy-rule bushwhacking of Cranston Western's best in a winners' bracket final at King Philip Little League's Roger W. Pigeon Field.

Meers had spent the better part of the District IV Tournament cheering on his Cumberland American Little League teammates as they put on display after display of offensive firepower – but all the while going through a terrible slump of his own. So after Saturday’s game, he sought out his dad, Mike, for some fatherly advice.

“I've been in a slump for a while, and I didn't like it,” Meers said. “I didn't have any homers or barely any doubles, so I changed my swing with the help of my dad. He told me I was leaning too far over the plate, so he told me to back away a little and stand more upright.”

That small bit of advice paid huge dividends for CALL Sunday, as he broke out of his funk in a big way and helped put his team one win away from moving on to the New England regional tournament event in Bristol, Connecticut.

For full story, see Monday's print edition of The Call.

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