Cubs claim title

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AMHERST - It's never over until it's over and the Cumberland Paving Cubs proved that last night after defeating the Y's Guys by a score of 7-1 on the Landry baseball diamond.
Down 2-0 in their best-of-five Amherst Little League championship series, the Cubs never-say-die attitude paid off.
Cubs pitcher Joey O'Dell says the win was "amazing."
"When we were down 2-0, I thought they had us," O'Dell said. "But we started playing the way I knew we could play and we came back and won it. It's awesome."
The series wasn't supposed to be this hard for the Cubs.
They went through the regular season and the semifinals undefeated.
It wasn't until they played the Y's Guys that they seemed to hit a wall.
"A lot of people had written us off after the first two games," Cubs coach Carl McManaman said. "But the boys showed a lot of character and a lot of heart to come back from two games down.
"My hat's off to the Y's Guys. A lot of people never gave them a chance to start the series but they gave us everything we could handle, that's for sure."
Because this is the last year for their kids in little league, this is McManaman's and assistant coach Bruce Hunter's last year as coaches.
The most proud of a team I've ever been is the team I coached this year," McManaman said after the game.
"Every player played great. Every player, one to nine, chipped in."
Y's Guys coach Allison Brown said both teams played great,
"But there's always a winner and always a loser," Brown said. "We only looked at taking the one from them and we took the two.
"The kids on both teams played great and the Y's Guys have no reason to hang their head. They played an excellent series."

dmathieson@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Amherst Little League

Geographic location: AMHERST

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