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Cumberland American takes R.I. championship in another come-from-behind thriller

July 24, 2014


BRISTOL -- The Cumberland American All-Stars continue to play their best baseball with their backs to the wall. And after already earning two wild walk-off victories to make it through the District IV tournament, their latest last-at-bat-win captured the R.I. State Little League Major Division Championship.
 

With retirement of longtime AD Frank Geiselman, Cumberland joins Tolman, Shea and Woonsocket in seeing turnover at post

July 22, 2014


CUMBERLAND -- Although Frank Geiselman has officially retired from Cumberland High School as the Clippers’ athletic director, he hasn’t fully abandoned ship just yet.
 

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

July 21, 2014

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.

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

July 20, 2014

 

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.

More dramatics as CALL walks off with win in state tourney opener

July 19, 2014

BRISTOL – When Cumberland American standout Addison Kopack launched a one-out, opposite-field “tater” over the right-center field fence to tie Coventry American, 4-4, in the bottom of the sixth – as a result forcing extra innings – Lincoln All-Stars' manager Charlie Hien responded as only he could.

“Honestly, it's like they have nine lives,” he said, shaking his head. “That team just doesn't quit.”

LSU college pals Verdugo, Ranaudo reunited with PawSox

July 19, 2014

PAWTUCKET – The newest member of the PawSox pitching staff had a familiar face waiting to greet him at T.F. Green Airport.

Make that a good friend who also doubles as an offseason housemate down in Baton Rouge.

Mentioning the Louisiana city is fitting because that’s where Ryan Verdugo learned earlier in the week that he had been traded from Kansas City to Boston for cash considerations.

Cumberland American starts state tournament play today

July 18, 2014


The Cumberland American All-Stars begin play Saturday in the Rhode Island State Little League Major Division Championship, their first appearance there since 2011.
 

New challenge awaits Red Sox C Vazquez, this one of the big-league variety

July 18, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Whether it’s promoting him to a new level or putting more responsibilities on his plate, the Red Sox have never shied away from challenging Christian Vazquez.

“Whether it’s going to the Arizona Fall League or his first big-league (spring training) camp, this guy has exceeded expectations every time,” gushed Red Sox Minor-League Catching Coordinator Chad Epperson on Thursday when asked about the recently-promoted-to-the-majors Vazquez.

Patriots announce training camp to open July 23

July 17, 2014


FOXBOROUGH – The New England Patriots announced Thursday they will open their annual training camp on Wednesday, July 23, when players report.
 

Districts in rear view, CALL preps for states

July 16, 2014


CUMBERLAND – Twenty-four hours after their epic, come-from-behind 9-6 victory over gritty Lincoln in the District IV championship game, it was back to business as usual for the Cumberland American All-Stars.
 
They returned to practice at their Garvin Field home on Tuesday night, ready to move on from one of the most exciting and memorable contests in R.I. Little League Tournament history.
 
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