CUMBERLAND, R.I. (WPRI) – Around 550 miles from Williamsport, a local community gathered to support its squad of pre-teen ballplayers.
Those pre-teen ballplayers are the Little League team from Cumberland, R.I. Unfortunately for the local fans, Cumberland American dropped its first game in the Little League World Series to the Southwest All-Stars who hail from Pearland, Texas.
The final score: 6-4.
Despite the loss, hundreds of supporters flocked to Diamond Hill Park for an outdoor viewing party hosted by the city’s Parks & Recreation Dept.
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Parks Director Mike Crawley said more than 200 people came out last weekend to watch Cumberland American defeat Fairfield, Connecticut in the regional finals, and he is expecting Friday night’s turnout to be even larger.
“The 8 p.m. start time is perfect, because it will be a little dark here,” Crowley said. “So we just thought it was a good situation to get everyone down here on one spot… as a community. Hopefully we can cheer them on to a victory.”
Cumberland American, the city’s the 12-and-under All-Star team, won the New England regional title this year to advance to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Virginia.
David Rosa played outfield for Cumberland American back in 1980. His son, Cameron, made it to Williamsport with Cumberland American back in 2011.
“It was cool, it was really need,” David Rosa said. “We were just kids… we were just playing.”
“It was the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” Cameron said. “Everything about it… meeting the players from the other teams… it was all awesome.”
The game will be shown on an inflatable big-screen projector screen.