‘Cumberland is back!’: Community sends off Little League State Champions

CUMBERLAND, R.I. (WLNE) — Family, friends, and fans gave a championship send off to the Cumberland Little League team Thursday evening.

The squad will head down to Bristol, Connecticut, Friday for the Metro Regional Tournament. Cumberland defeated Portsmouth Saturday evening.

“Only 53 of those 6,500 teams will compete,” said Cumberland Youth Baseball president Michael Colluci. “You, gentlemen, are one of those 53.”

Former coach Dave Belisle explained, “I was telling the kids last night, ‘Oh, my God, Connecticut. Oh, my God, New York. Oh, my God, New Jersey’. You know what they’re saying? ‘Oh, my God, Cumberland, Rhode Island!'”

“I’m telling you, Cumberland, Rhode Island, is back!” he concluded.

The team said they’re not ready for their season to end just yet.

“We will play fiercely, we will compete, and we will represent you, Cumberland, and the state of Rhode Island well,” their head coach explained.

The team is set to face off against Fairfield American Saturday evening.

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