Cumberland eliminated with 8-7 loss to Chicago

Chicago's Pierce Jones (23) rounds third to congratulations from Cumberland second baseman John Belisle after leading off the game with a solo home run off Cumberland pitcher CJ Davock in the first inning of an elimination baseball game at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

WILLIAMSPORT, P.A. (WPRI) – Despite a hard-fought effort, the boys from Cumberland American couldn’t outlast the team from Chicago and fell by a score of 8-7, eliminating them from contention in the 2014 Little League World Series.

After two very close games against Texas and Tennesee, it was another back-and-forth affair for the boys Monday night. They refused to go down without a fight, coming back from a deficit on several occasions.

A two-run home run by Trey Thibault capped off a five-run third inning for Cumberland, giving them a 7-6 lead. A pair of RBI singles in the fifth then brought the lead back to Chicago, whose relief pitchers kept Cumberland from getting the bats going again.

This was Cumberland American’s second loss in the double elimination tournament.

In their first game, the Southwest Champions jumped out to an early lead and despite a strong comeback attempt, Cumberland fell short 6-4.

The following day, the boys took the field again and ended the game 8-7 with a walk off win against South Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee was eliminated from title contention in that game and will play Canada in a consolation game Tuesday.

The squad from Chicago was one of the top-ranked teams in the tournament. They’ll go on to take on Texas Tuesday night.

Cumberland, 13-2, is the fourth team from the Ocean State to reach the Little League World Series since 2001 and sixth since the tournament started in 1957.

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