District 51 still alive in Division III tourney

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.

AV Press


California Little League District 51 is located in the Northeast area of Los Angeles County, most of Kern County, Mono County and Inyo county. District 51 is one of the largest Little League Districts (land wise) in the United States. District 51 starts with the city of Acton in the South and extends to Mammoth Lakes and Bridgeport in the North. There are approximately 6,000 boys and girls playing baseball and softball in 18 different and distinct Little Leagues.
The girls Big League softball team won the World Series in 1996 and 2005, were runners-up in 2000, and participated in the World Series in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 and in Lower Sussex, Delaware in 2013 and 2014 (fourteen of the last twenty years and seven consecutive years).

In 2013 they became the FIRST team to represent the Western Region in Lower Sussex, Delaware (the new location for the Big League Softball World Series).

In addition the Parkview Senior Softball team won the World Championship in 1997 by defeating the eight time champions from Florida. The Parkview 1995 Major Softball team finished 2nd to Waco, Texas in the World Series held at the Alpen Rose Facility in Oregon, and the 2003 Parkview Junior Softball team participated in the Junior Softball World Series in Kirkland, Washington.
District 51 has either won or participated in EVERY Girls Softball World Series held by Little League Baseball and Softball, Inc.