Little Leaguers have Cumberland bursting with pride

Little Leaguers have Cumberland bursting with pride
August 14, 2011, 1:35 am
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(NECN: Tom Langford, Cumberland, RI) People in Cumberland,Rhode Island are beaming with pride. The towns Little Leaguers beatthe squad from Andover, Massachusetts to win a trip to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. Ryan McCormick homered twice and drove in six runs as RhodeIsland beat Massachusetts 13-7 on Saturday. Cumberland American of Rhode Island won the New England Region championshipand will open the Little League World Series against the West Region winner.In Cumberland, the House of Pizza here is known simplyas "the House". It's a local hot spot, and you know they had the gameon the big screen today to watch the big win.Call these kids the pride of Cumberland. They are a group of12 and 13 year olds who defeated the Andover team to advance to the LittleLeague World Series."Very, very exciting," said one mom of the teamswin."I'm so proud of them, they did a great job," saidher daughter.At the Cumberland House of Pizza, the hometown fans arestill relishing the win."It was fantastic to see a team from Cumberland. Thesekids were playing their heart out. You've got a kid like McCormack that hit ahome run and a grand slam. They were down at the beginning and came back - itwas fantastic, said Ray Lane.There's a similar reaction across town at Josie's Ice Cream,where the players are regulars."Its really cool, because they're from our town, theycome here, we've seen them before," said Kaitlin Abbate."I want to say congrats to them," said NickBroccolo."I think its phenomenal. They deserve it, they workedhard, said Pat Broccolo. I'm proud of them." "We're ecstatic," said coach.In a phone interview, the team's coach, Dave Belisle, saidit hasn't sunk in yet that the team's going to the World Series, but it will. "I couldn't be happier for them. They've worked veryhard to achieve this. And our expectation level has been overachieved, saidBelisle. It's like a dream. A dream come true for these boys." That dream starts tomorrow morning with a bus ride toWilliamsport.When they get there, they'll be playing before a crowd ofmore than 30,000 people.The first game is Thursday, and its nationally televised.And you can bet there'll be a crowd at the House of Pizza,watching it on the big screen.