SOFTBALL NOTEBOOK: A.V. FALLS SHORT AGAINST RIVERSIDE.Byline: Chris Cocoles Staff Writer
PALMDALE - Bridgett Morales was one of the few batters on her team who had a bead bead
Small object, usually pierced for stringing. It may be made of virtually any material—wood, shell, bone, seed, nut, metal, stone, glass, or plastic—and is worn or affixed to another object for decorative or, in some cultures, magical purposes. on the District 24 (Riverside) pitchers.
But on this unseasonably cool and mostly frustrating frus·trate
tr.v. frus·trat·ed, frus·trat·ing, frus·trates
a. To prevent from accomplishing a purpose or fulfilling a desire; thwart: evening for Antelope Valley-based District 51 Big League softball softball, variant of baseball played with a larger ball on a smaller field. Invented (1888) in Chicago as an indoor game, it was at various times called indoor baseball, mush ball, playground ball, kitten ball, and, because it was also played by women, ladies' all-stars, even Morales caught few breaks. She tripled and scored a run but two other at-bats ended with hard-hit outs.
``I hit it right at them but they caught them,'' said Morales, summing up District 51's night in a 2-1 loss Monday at the Girls Big League Softball Western Regional Tournament at Domenic Massari Park.
The loss dropped District 51 into the losers' bracket and an elimination game Tuesday against District 47 of Northern California Northern California, sometimes referred to as NorCal, is the northern portion of the U.S. state of California. The region contains the San Francisco Bay Area, the state capital, Sacramento; as well as the substantial natural beauty of the redwood forests, the northern .
The night started well for Morales and teammates. The Highland High standout opened the second inning with a triple off the right-field fence. She held at third on Michelle Lee's infield hit Infield hit is when a ball doesn't go outfield (stays infield), but neither the batter nor any of the runners are put out. If the batter and the runners reach safely due to an error, it is not considered an infield hit. and scored when Chanel Reaves reached on an infield single and a throwing error.
But with runners on second and third with one out, District 24 starter Cory Williams struck out Kristen Mettler and Taylor Wilson. It also began a trend of quick and harmless outs.
``We weren't as patient as we were the night before,'' said Morales, referring to Sunday's 11-hit effort in a 5-4 victory over Oregon. ``Hopefully, we'll hit the (heck) out of the ball the next time.''
Riverside scored its runs in the bottom of the second and Antelope Valley This article is about the Los Angeles County region. For the census-designated place in Wyoming, see Antelope Valley-Crestview, Wyoming.
The Antelope Valley hitters never reached base again.
``It's pretty simple, we didn't get the bat on the ball. We didn't put the ball in play like we did (the previous night),'' District 51 coach Walt Patison said. ``We have to be more concentrated and get our offense back.''
--Finishing up early: The double-elimination tournament A double-elimination tournament is a competition in which a participant ceases to be eligible to win the tournament's championship upon having lost two games or matches. originally was scheduled to hold a championship game (if necessary) Thursday. But two games will be played Wednesday if necessary.
The tournament winner will fly to Kalamazoo, Mich., on Saturday morning. For security reasons, the names of the passengers will need to be provided to the airlines by Thursday morning.
Chris Cocoles, (818)713-3607