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Cumberland wins fifth straight Major Division District IV Softball title

July 2, 2014

The Cumberland I Little League Major Division softball team takes a victory lap around Diamond Hill Park Wednesday night after capturing the District IV championship for the fifth consecutive year. Cumberland will turn its attention to the state tournament, which gets underway this Saturday in Westerly. PHOTO BY ERNEST A. BROWN

CUMBERLAND – Gloucester/Burrillville All-Stars manager Dave Peloquin admitted after his club had suffered a disgruntling 17-2 loss in a R.I. Little League District IV Major Division (11-12) Tournament round-robin finale on Monday night that he had a surprise in store for Cumberland I.

In the winner-take-all championship final, he would pitch Rebecca Arndt, a tall, strong hurler with an innate ability for baffling hitters – not to mention strikeouts.

When the two met for the automatic berth to the state championship event, Cumberland I head coach Steve D’Abrosca delivered quite the remedy for the powerful Arndt. It came in the form of diminutive but more-than-effective Brooke Turnbull.

The righthander whirled a two-hit gem and allowed only two walks (with a hit batsman) while whiffing eight as the Cumberlanders not only secured an 11-0 “mercy-rule” triumph at Diamond Hill Park on Wednesday night, but also its fifth straight D-IV title.

They now will take on West Warwick/East Side, the District III champs, in the state tourney opener at 1 p.m., Saturday at Trombino Athletic Complex in Westerly.

For complete story, see Thursday's Call

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