Yankees, Dodgers win Little League titles
Yankees, Dodgers win Little League titles
CUMBERLAND - The Yankees and Dodgers have won the American and National Division regular season championships of the Cumberland Little League respectively.
The Yankees compiled a record of 11-5, and the Dodgers, 10-6, and will be the top two seeds in the league-wide playoffs that began this week.
A new double-elimination format is being used for the playoffs this year. Opening play will be a game between the eighth and ninth seeds, the Pirates and the Cardinals. The winner will advance while the loser drops to the loser's bracket.
The Indians had the league's third best record at 9-7, followed by the Mets and Angels, both 8-7-12; and the A's and Red Sox, 7-9. The Pirates and Cards were both 6-10.
During action in the final week of regular season play, the Blackstone Valley Enterprise Red Sox defeated the Pirates 12-2 behind the pitching of Nick Masse and Domenick Rousseau, who allowed five hits.
The Sox jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first after Ethan McDermott and Ryan Slaney singled to start the inning. After a Trey Bourque walk, Jake Provoyeur hit an RBI single, followed by a walk.
The big hit of the inning came with two outs, when Phillip Jeanotte laced a three-run double to center. The Sox added three runs in the second with key hits from Brendan Wright, Slaney and Trey Bourque.
The Mount St. Charles Yankees ran their winning streak to seven games as they bashed their way to a 15-4 victory over the Angels. Leading the offensive explosion was John Belisle, who had three hits, three runs scored and three RBI; Nick Croteau and Tyler Provost with a double and single each, and Isaiah Cole and Chris Palmer with two singles.
For the Angels, Cam Harthan and Shea Bessette each contributed singles and C.J. Davock turned an unassisted double play. Yankee hurler Tyler Provost picked up the win with relief help from Isaiah Cole.
Behind the strong pitching of Trey Thibeault and Sean Meers, the A's were able to hold on against a tough Mets squad, 5-3. The A's struck first with back-to-back doubles by Meers and Jayden Struble, with Struble getting first the RBI and then a run scored as he advanced on two wild pitches.
The Mets battled back in the bottom half of the first with a leadoff walk, and an RBI double by Aidan Heaney. Meers and Struble led off the third with back-to-back walks, scoring on passed balls and wild pitches.
Bennett Hicks had a pair of two-baggers for the Mets.
The Anchor Counseling Indians defeat the Dodgers 4-0 behind a stellar mound performance from Nick Kelley, who went five innings. Aidan Figueria closed out the game.
The Indians scored all four of their runs in the fourth. Ian Miller started things off with a walk, and advanced on a fielders choice. Nick Kelley knocked in Miller with a single and Addison Kopack ripped a shot off the fence that went for three bases.
Figueria's single plated Kopack.
With outstanding pitching from C.J. Davock, with last inning help from Cam Harthan, the Angels blanked the Cardinals, 5-0. The pair combined to strike out 15.
Offensive stars for the Angels were Yanni Hansen, who came up big with two big hits, Shea Bessette Ben Yost and Christian McLellan.
Tyler Provost launched a three-run homer that still hasn't landed and pitcher Nick Croteau struck out 12 batters as the Yankees recorded their sixth win in a row with a 5-2 win over the Mets.
Provost's blast in the bottom of the first drove in Croteau and John Belisle, who both reached on singles, to give the Yanks a 3-0 lead. They increased that lead to 5-0 in the fourth on a RBI single by Billy Free and a sacrifice fly by Chris Palma. Croteau protected that lead, brilliantly throwing five and one-third innings of three-hit ball. Aiden Fahy recorded the last two outs to gain the save.
The Yankees downed the Pirates, 8-5. The Yanks had plenty of offense in this contest. Nick Croteau and Billy Free both launched long home runs, Tyler Provost ripped three hits and John Belisle and Tyler Arsenault, two each.
The Pirates were led by Owen Molis, Atticus Cardoso, Cody Plumber, Justin Gallant and Ben Hale.
The A's turned in a strong team performance in defeating the Indians 7-2.
Trey Thibeault started the game for the A's and recorded six strikeouts in three innings, giving up only one hit, a double ripped by Addison Kopack in the second.
Sean Meers went to the mound in the fourth inning and gave up just three hits and one run. He also helped his own cause by smashing a homer, double and single.
In the first playoff game on Monday night, the Cardinals edged the Pirates, 3-2, behind the pitching of Connor Scullin.
Scullin also scored the winning run on a clutch RBI base hit by Jackson Walsh.
The Cardinals moved on to play the Yankees in the next round.