Cumberland repeats as District IV senior champs

Cumberland repeats as District IV senior champs

CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland Senior Division (ages 16-18) all-star baseball team repeated as District IV champions by sweeping its best-of-three title series with Woonsocket by scores of 7-3 and 22-4.

The opening game, which took place on June 24 at Bentley Field, was a thriller that saw Cumberland finally pull away from Woonsocket by scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Ryan Larson and Nick Plants each went 2-for-3 with a walk to lead Cumberland offensively. Larson also scored twice, and Nick Plants was the winning pitcher, as he worked 4 2/3 innings, yielding just two hits, allowing Woonsocket’s three runs, and striking out seven batters.

Andrew Stengel also picked up a two-inning save by pitching two hitless innings.

Two days later, the series shifted to Woonsocket’s Renaud Field, and Cumberland zapped all the drama out of the game by scoring 12 times in the top of the first inning. Cumberland later added seven runs in the third, and the game was halted after four innings by the mercy rule.

Larson again had a big game offensively, as he went 3-for-4 with four runs scored, and Jack Doherty also reached base four times with two singles and two walks.

Dylan Powers added a single, double, and walk and also scored twice, and Ben Copans also collected two hits. Adam Vartanian and Stengel also scored three runs, and Nick Chowning, who doubled and walked, Ethan McDermott, and Plants each scored twice.

Larson, Vartanian, and Sam Kelley also combined on a two-hitter on the hill that saw them collect eight strikeouts (five from Larson).