SLBB: North Cumberland Little League Roles to Senior League Baseball World Series Championship
BANGOR, Maine (Sep. 15, 2008) – North Cumberland Little League from Upper Deerfield, N.J., won the 2008 Senior League Baseball World Series with a 10-8 win over Pabao Little League of Willemstad, Curacao, on Aug. 16 at Shawn T. Mansfield Stadium.
North Cumberland became only the second team to go undefeated (6-0) in the World Series since the tournament moved to Bangor in 2002. Paraguana Little League, from Falcon, Venezuela, went undefeated in winning the 2006 title.
Not only did North Cumberland go undefeated in the World Series, it finished its tournament season with a perfect 23-0 record.
In the championship game, North Cumberland scored three runs with two outs in the first inning as Pabao Little League’s starting pitcher Dudley Leonora walked six consecutive batters in the top of the inning after two were out.
Pabao Little League countered with two runs with two outs in the bottom of the inning. North Cumberland held a 9-5 lead after three innings before Pabao Little League scored three runs in the fourth to make it 9-8.
Darren Fischer led off the top of the seventh for North Cumberland with his second home run of the series to give his team a more comfortable two-run lead.
Pabao had threatened to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning before Jonathan Schoop grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded. North Cumberland turned another crucial double play with runners on first and second with no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Seven of the 23 World Series games were decided by one run, and only three games ended early because of the 10-run rule. Other notable one-run games were Pabao’s 8-7 win in the semifinals over East Boynton Beach (Fla.) Little League, and Maine District 3 host Bangor East/West Little League, of Bangor’s 10-9 loss to East Boynton Beach Little League in pool play.
In its 8-7 semifinal loss to Pabao Little League, East Boynton Beach Little League scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. East Boynton Beach Little League’s appearance in the semifinal extended the U.S. South Region’s streak of semifinal appearances to seven since 2002. It’s the longest streak by a region since the World Series moved to Bangor in 2002.
This year’s series was dedicated to assistant tournament director Dan Clifford, who passed away in October 2007. The first Daniel E. Clifford Memorial Sportsmanship Award, for the team best exemplifying Clifford’s credo of play hard, play fair, and have fun, as voted on by the umpires, was awarded to Bangor East/West.