C.J. Davock redeems himself with game-winning hit
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. —
When C.J. Davock went to the mound in the top of the sixth inning, the Cumberland American Little League team had a 5-2 lead over Tennessee in an elimination game in the Little League World Series.
But the team from the Southeast roared back with five runs. With two outs, Robert Hassell III hit a two-run homer to give Tennessee a 6-5 lead, and Sam Slaughter added his second home run of the game to make the score 7-5.
However, Davock would get a chance to redeem himself.
In the bottom of the inning, Mason Matos cut the lead to one with an RBI single.
Davock then hit a two-run single and Cumberland American rallied for a 8-7 win to stay alive in the Little League World Series.
"I knew I was going to bat again after that inning, so I just knew I had to be relaxed and treat it like any other at bat. I felt great when I hit the walk off, it was a great moment." Davock said.
"I was pretty impressed with that, in the stage that he was on and the situation that he was in. He had the lead and gave it up to a great team. But he had his opportunity and he came through in the clutch. That's quite a performance. The star of the game by far," said manager Dave Belisle.
Davock's heroics have made him a household name - at least for a little while.
"I got a lot of followers on Instagram and text messages and things like that," Davock said.
Cumberland American plays Chicago, which lost to Las Vegas on Sunday. The game will be at 8 p.m. Monday and televised on ESPN2.