BIG LEAGUE SOFTBALL TEAM HOLDS OWN LESS EXPERIENCE, BUT LOTS OF HEART.Byline: GIDEON RUBIN Special to the Daily News
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Two games into the Western Regionals -- albeit in losses -- they've shown they belong against significantly more experienced teams that have players already in college.
On Saturday, the Divisional team held its own against Arizona's District 7 team in an eight-inning 1-0 loss. It lost to Northern California's District 4 team, 5-2, on Sunday Sunday: see Sabbath; week. .
The defending World Series champion District 51 Regional defeated Arizona, 7-1, on Sunday to improve to 3-0.
The heavily favored District 51 Regional team, which wasn't scheduled to play Monday, has already clinched a berth in the best-of-three championship series that will begin with two games Wednesday (5 p.m. and 8 p.m.). A decisive third game would be played Thursday at 5 p.m.
The Divisional team was scheduled to play Oregon at 8 p.m. Monday.
All tournament games are being played at Marie Kerr Park.
``They earned the right to be in this tournament, and overall they've played outstanding,'' Divisional manager Vic Perez said. ``They've had a great attitude and they've strived to do their best. They've done everything we've asked of them.''
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Perez said his team played flawless defense in support of Black, but couldn't get on track offensively.
The Divisional team got its offense going but struggled defensively in Sunday's game, committing five errors, three of which came in a pivotal two-run inning in·ning
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``I think we've showed that we can play with the rest of the teams,'' Perez said. ``Even in (Sunday's) game, they never took total command. They were in it until the end.''
Nicole Radford (Paraclete) and her older sister Katie Radford (Paraclete) each had two hits for the Divisional team in Sunday's game. Nicole Radford is 3 for 5 in the tournament.
Kaylin Kolesar (Paraclete) had two hits including a double and Rebecca Zapata (Palmdale) and Johanna Ilejay (Palmdale) each had two hits for the Regional team in Sunday's game. The Divisional team faces a formidable challenge when it plays the Regional team tonight at 8 in an eagerly anticipated all-District 51 event, the first such matchup since a Divisional team last qualified for a West Regional in 1999.
The two teams have met earlier this season, but neither team had all its top players.
``They're excited to play them again at this kind of a level and they're excited for the valley to see their two teams playing each other,'' Perez said.