Little League softball: Los Ninos over Rinconby Andy Morales on Jul. 10, 2013, under Sports
Little League All-Star Playoffs
Districts 5 and 12 cover the Tucson Area.
Generally, north of Speedway, west of I-10 and north of Valencia is the dividing line.
District 8 covers the rest of Southern Arizona.
Rincon’s first-ever softball all-star team took the field Wednesday against one of the area’s longest running organizations in Los Niños in the first round of the 10-11 bracket at Freedom Park and the result was as expected.
Los Niños scored two runs in the first inning, three in the second and seven in the third to win the game 12-0 after four innings but Rincon put up a fight and never gave up against the more experienced team. The District 12 tournament is run under a best-of-three format so the two teams will go at again Thursday night at 7:45 pm for the second game of the series.
Victoria Ortiz took the circle for Los Niños to start off the game and she held Rincon scoreless through two plus innings of work but Rincon challenged her in the second inning when Vanessa Brink and Claressa King reached on back-to-back walks to start the inning off.
Ortiz got out of that jam with a strikeout and a couple of ground balls but Rincon loaded the bases in third inning to cause a pitching change. Kaitlyn Frye, Celisia Aros and Maya Jackson drew walks but Kianna Galindo entered the circle and pitched three straight strikeouts to shut the door on Rincon.
Meanwhile, Ortiz tripled in the bottom of the first Galindo added another hit in the inning to fuel the team’s two runs. Nadia Rios, Ortiz and Sarah O’Toole picked up hits in the second inning and Los Niños scored three more runs to go up 5-0.
Los Niños scored seven more runs in the bottom of third thanks to patience at the plate that helped cause seven walks.
Brink started the game off for Rincon and Jackson entered the game in the third inning. Brink finished with five strikeouts.
Aros had the most success for Rincon with three walks but Ortiz and Galindo combined for a no-hitter. Ortiz picked up four strikeouts and Galindo had five.
Ortiz also went 2-2 at the plate with a triple and an RBI