CALL headed to re­gion­als for third time in 7 sea­sons

Woonsocket Call - - Sports - By BRAN­DEN MELLO bmello@woonsock­et­call.com

JOHN­STON — Cum­ber­land Amer­i­can Ma­jor Divi­sion all-star Joey Cote ex­pected to ar­rive to a somber, life­less bat­ting prac­tice Satur­day morn­ing af­ter CALL saw a four-run lead in the fifth in­ning of Fri­day’s state ti­tle game to Cranston Western de­volve into a frus­trat­ing ex­tra-in­ning de­feat.

In­stead, when Cote ar­rived at Garvin Field he saw some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent.

“I thought when I got to prac­tice ev­ery­one would be down on them­selves and re­ally ner­vous be­cause of the game,” Cote said. “In­stead, ev­ery­one was en­er­getic and ready to play.”

Af­ter hand­ing Cranston West a two-run ad­van­tage af­ter the top of the first in­ning of Satur­day night’s win­ner-take-all ti­tle con­test, CALL de­liv­ered its finest of­fen­sive per­for­mance in its big­gest game of the sum­mer.

Win­ning pitcher Char­lie Tarara scored three runs and drove in two runs, while 11-year-old lefty Jack LaRose smacked a two-run home run to put CALL on the precipice of the ti­tle. With LaRose on third base rep­re­sent­ing the ti­tle-win­ning run, Dante Figueira was hit with a Nick Masse bases-loaded pitch to earn the Dis­trict 4 cham­pi­ons a 14-4 four-in­ning vic­tory at John­ston’s Kennedy Field.

“This means so much to me. It’s huge. I just can’t wait to go to Bris­tol right now,” said LaRose, who was one of three new mem­bers to a team that won the 11-year-old state ti­tle in 2016. “Ev­ery­one was down yes­ter­day, but ev­ery­one came back to­day pos­i­tive. We had (bat­ting prac­tice) in the morn­ing and ev­ery­one felt good.”

“I’ve been telling the boys since the be­gin­ning, ‘You’re the best boys in the state, the best base­ball team in the state. That’s what I think, you have to go prove it.’ To­day, they proved it to ev­ery­one. They’re the best base­ball team in Rhode Is­land.” – CALL coach Tony Tarara

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