It was a disappointing night for the locals playing in the Little League World Series, as the players from Cumberland American Little League in Cumberland, R.I., lost their first game in Williamsport, Pa., falling to Pearland, Texas, 6-4.
The Ocean Staters fell behind 3-0 early, but cut the deficit to 3-1 with a solo home run in the third.
Texas’ Michael Groover hit a two-run single in the top of the sixth to make it a half dozen for the Southwest regional champions. Cumberland American put up a fight in the bottom of the sixth, but could only spot four runs before Texas pitcher Landon Donley got R.I.’s Addison Kopack to fly out for the final out of the ballgame.
Cumberland American won the New England region, going 5-1 through regional qualifying and beating Fairfield, Conn. in the championship game.
Cumberland American will get another chance to extend their LLWS run, as the New Englanders will take on Nashville, Tenn. on Aug. 16, with the winner moving on and the loser seeing their LLWS dreams come to a close.
Cumberland American last made the LLWS in 2011, losing to Huntington Beach, Calif. and Clinton Country, Pa. to bow out of the tournament.