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Cranston Western Beats Cumberland in Extra Inning to Force Winner-Take-All Game for State Title

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By Ken Bell

kbell@abc6.com

CUMBERLAND WITH A CHANCE TO CLAIM THE RHODE ISLAND LITTLE LEAGUE STATE TITLE WITH A WIN OVER CRANSTON WESTERN TONIGHT IN JOHNSTON.

WESTERN DOWN A PAIR OF RUNS IN THE THIRD UNTIL COLBY KUZMAN GETS ONE BACK WITH HIS SECOND HOME RUN OF THE GAME...WESTERN GOT THEIR CHANCE FOR THE TITLE BY HITTING A GRAND SLAM TO BEAT SOUTH KINGSTOWN.

BUT CUMBERLAND WAS LOOKING TO ADVANCE TO BRISTOL WITH A WIN...AND JOEY CODY DOES HIS PART WITH THIS THREE RUN HOMER OVER THE LEFT CENTER FIELD FENCE IN THE 4TH...6 TO 2 CUMBERLAND.

BUT IN THE 5TH, GUESS WHO, COLBY KUZMAN WITH HIS THIRD HOME RUN OF THE GAME...AND HE CUTS THE LEAD TO ONE...WESTERN WOULD TAKE THE LEAD ON A WILD PITCH IN THE 6TH...AND WAS LOOKING TO GET IN POSITION FOR THE GO–AHEAD RUN...BUT JOEY COTE MAKES THE CATCH UP AGAINST THE FENCE AND THEN LOOK AT THIS THROW...THE TAG AT THIRD, AND CUMBERLAND IS JUMPING FOR JOY AS THE GAME GOES TO AN EXTRA INNING.

IN THE 7TH, VIN HEALEY RIPS ONE INTO LEFT...AND COLBY KUZMAN HEADS FOR HOME AND SLIDES IN WITH THE GO–AHEAD RUN...CRANSTON WESTERN WOULD ADD TWO MORE RUNS IN THE INNING.

LAST CHANCE FOR CUMBERLAND IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 7TH, AND CRANSTON WESTERN FORCES A WINNER–TAKE–ALL BY SCORING 7–UNANDERED RUNS IN A 9 TO 6 VICTORY...GAME TIME IS 1:00 TOMORROW WITH THE WINNER ADVANCING TO THE BRISTOL REGIONAL.

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