RIVERSIDE -The District 51 Divisional All-Stars split its first two games in the Division III tournament in Riverside over the weekend.
D-51 defeated D-72 14-6 in a continuation of a game rained out on Saturday. The game was tied in the top of the sixth with a runner on second and nobody out when the game was called. D-51’s Haley Manchan led off the frame with a single and stole second base.
When play resumed on Sunday morning, District 51 didn’t waste any time, taking the lead in a nine-run sixth inning.
Madison Whiting hit a two-run double to start the scoring before she and Alyssah Alvarez scored on an error. Priscilla Gomez later scored on another error, Manchan and Vivian Gutierrez both hit RBI doubles and Eileen Grimes hit an RBI single.
Gutierrez earned the victory in the circle and went 2-for-4 at the plate.
Grimes was 3-for-4 and Manchan and Whiting had two hits apiece. Gomez also hit a solo home run for D-51.
“These girls are all supportive of each other,” D-51 manager Mike Cheek said. “It”s a great bunch of girls out there playing.”
The All-Stars were without their two pitchers on Friday and lost 6-3 to District 49. The two pitchers who filled in, Angie Laux and Gomez, did well as the game was scoreless until the fourth inning when D-49 scored three runs. D-51 fought back to tie the game in the sixth inning, but D-49 scored three more runs in the top of the seventh to take a 6-3 lead.
Grimes was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, while Gomez, Whiting and Jamie Dennis-Leigh all had a hit apiece.
District 51 is scheduled to play District 19 at 6 p.m. today in Fontana, assuming the rain stays away. If they win the double-elimination game, they will play again at 8 p.m.
The winner of the Division III tournament will earn a spot in the Western Regional tournament, which begins this Saturday at West Lancaster Little League.