Cumberland blasts Glocester/Burrillville; same two teams to meet for District IV softball title
Cumberlandâ€™s Abbie Vallely keeps her eyes on the ball during an at-bat last week against the North Smithfield/Woonsocket Co-op team. Monday night saw Vallely fire a complete-game three-hitter with 10 strikeouts and three walks as Cumberland I rolled to a 15-2 victory over Glocester/Burrillville Co-op. Vallely helped her own cause by going 1-for-3 with one run. PHOTO BY ERNEST A. BROWN
BURRILLVILLE â€” Cumberland I head coach Steve Dâ€™Abrosca had hoped for a premier collective performance from his crew on Monday evening, but wasnâ€™t quite sure if heâ€™d get it.
His troops did, and didnâ€™t, surprise him.
Righthander Abbie Vallely turned in a magical performance in the circle, yielding just three hits and a trio of walks while whiffing 10, and his offense produced four doubles as Cumberland I coasted to a 15-2 triumph over Glocester/Burrillville in a R.I. District IV Major Division (11-12) Tournament round-robin finale at Hauser Field.
The interesting twist in it stemmed from the fact that Glocester/Burrillville skipper Dave Peloquin chose not to pitch stellar ace Rebecca Arndt, and he had good reason. Both Cumberland I and his club had rolled through their previous three contests and were already destined to play for the District IV title.
The victory claimed by Dâ€™Abrosca and Co. naturally meant something, but a state tournament bid will be on the line when they take the Diamond Hill Park turf at 6 p.m., Wednesday.
For complete story, see Tuesday's Times
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