BURRILLVILLE — Cumberland I head coach Steve D’Abrosca had hoped for a premier collective performance from his crew on Monday evening, but wasn’t quite sure if he’d get it.
His troops did, and didn’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 D’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