On sandlots and baseball diamonds across America, boys usually dominate the landscape of Little League with but a few girls stranded out in right field or riding the bench.
Not so for the Seaview Little League Westmorland Dodgers' Vanessa Frutos.
While her Dodgers were dispatched in consecutive games from the District 22 inter-city minor league tournament more than a week ago, the 10-year-old Frutos of Westmorland was a big part of her team's never-say-die ethos.
In the first game of the tournament, against the inter-city champions the Calexico Indians, Frutos and her teammates were held hitless in a 10-0 defeat.
But in the second match the Dodgers, especially Frutos, came on strong in a 13-6 defeat to the Imperial Padres.
Frutos, soon to be a sixth-grader at Westmorland Elementary School, banged a triple deep into the outfield with bases loaded. Scoring three teammates, the Dodgers left the second inning up 5-1 over Imperial.