Cumberland American not afraid of LLWS spotlight
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. —
When the Cumberland American Little League team takes the field Friday night for its first Little League World Series game, it'll be against Texas under the lights at Howard J. Lamade Stadium on ESPN.
No pressure, right?
"Not really. Our main focus is just playing baseball and just trying to do our best," said John Belisle.
"It will probably be an awe moment, thinking about a lot of people watching us. But we will be focusing to do our best and try and win that game," Brendan Wright said.
Cumberland American defeated Fairfield, Connecticut in the New England Regional final on ESPN to punch its ticket to Williamsport.
"We've done it in regionals and we're kind of used to it by now. But, yeah, it's a big step up from what we are used to," said Trey Bourque.
Manager Dave Belisle has been through this before, having coached Cumberland American to a Little League World Series berth in 2011. He hopes his past experience can help.
"You know, they are just going to have to get acclimated themselves. I can tell them everything they want to hear and I will as their coach. They did a great job in prime time I the New England championship final. We put on a nice show. I think that's a good prelude to what these kids are going to expect coming here on Friday night," Dave Belisle said.