More dramatics as CALL walks off with win in state tourney opener
Cumberland Americanâ€™s Jayden Struble leaps in the air as he comes to the plate and a jubilant sea of teammates after collecting the game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday afternoon at Roger W. Pigeon Field in Bristol. Strubleâ€™s single propelled CALL to a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over Coventry American in the opener of the Little League Major Division State Tournament. Cumberland American will now face Cranston Western today at 5 p.m. PHOTO BY ERNEST A. BROWN
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.”
In the R.I. District IV Major Division (11-12) Tournament title tilt on rainy Monday night, Hien had watched two CALL stars – Tyler Provost and Jayden Struble – manufacture a pair of crucial homers in the waning frames to snatch a 9-6 victory over his own kids. In fact, Struble's three-run poke with two down in the back half of the sixth broke a 6-6 deadlock, and resulted in the walk-off decision.
Hien didn't seem at all surprised when Struble provided his second consecutive walk-off to close CALL's dramatic 5-4 triumph over Coventry American in a state tourney opener before at least 300 fans at King Philip Little League's Roger Pigeon Field on Saturday.
For complete story and more photos, see Sunday's Woonsocket Call
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