Cumberland players provide coach with memorable summer
After the Cumberland American Little League team's season came to end after its 8-7 loss to Illinois at the Little League World Series on Monday night, coach Dave Belisle said they only thing he's disappointed about is that he won't be able to coach them again.
"But it has to end sometime. I told the boys, 'There's only one team standing in this tournament. And you are just as good as anybody in here on this field.' We proved that in the three games we played. We could have won all three games. And that's all you can ask for from your players," he said.
Belisle said his team learned what the word pride is, and he's most impressed about how the town of Cumberland, the state of Rhode Island and New England were happy with the team's effort.
"It gave me the summer of my life and I'll never forget. For my wife, for my family, for myself and for little Johnny, we needed this run. And these kids provided it," he said. "I'll never forget them for the rest of my life."
The Cumberland American Little League team was scheduled to stay in Williamsport until at least Thursday.