The Warwick West Side 12-year-old all-star softball team has had a special summer, winning the District 3 title and then its first game in the state tournament.
But on Monday, in the winners’ bracket final at states, West Side faced off against a tough Cumberland National team, fell behind from the get-go and saw it get worse as the game wore on.
A seven-run first inning for Cumberland was just the beginning, as it continued to pile on the runs before finishing off West Side 20-0 in four innings.
“When you make one mistake it snowballs,” West Side manager Billy King said. “That seemed to happen with us.”
Cumberland threw four different pitchers, keeping West Side off-balance when it was at the plate.
West Side had some chances, but when it couldn’t come up with the big hit, Cumberland didn’t let West Side hang around.
“They used four different pitchers,” King said. “All of them threw really well. We had a couple of opportunities. We had two runners on, one out, stuff like that. We just couldn’t get that big hit to get some runs in.”
The loss dropped West Side into the losers’ bracket final, where it was scheduled to play Portsmouth on Wednesday night, with the results unavailable at press time.
Portsmouth lost its first game of the tournament 12-0 to Cumberland National, before coming back to beat Elmwood in its second game.
The winner of the Portsmouth-West Side game would then take on Cumberland in the championship on Thursday. Cumberland would need to be beaten twice to be eliminated, while West Side or Portsmouth would only need to lose once.
“They’re a very good team,” King said of Cumberland. “They’re disciplined, they’re well coached. But they’re not unbeatable. If we get by Portsmouth tonight we’ll have a chance to beat them.”