FOUNTAIN VALLEY — You only need nine kids to field a Little League team, but playing with no substitutes at all can prove to be a difficult proposition.
The members of the Costa Mesa National Little League 10- and 11-year-old All-Stars didn't mind it Saturday. All it meant was more at-bats for each of the players, and Costa Mesa National knew what to do with those opportunities.
Everybody hit, helping Costa Mesa National earn a 10-3 victory over Robinwood at Mile Square Park in the opening round of the District 62 All-Star Tournament.
Each of Costa Mesa National's nine players reached base at least once. Eight of the nine players had at least one run batted in.
It was satisfying for Costa Mesa National Manager Bee Jay Mazur, who said his team has done extensive hitting drills leading up to the tournament. That included a short hitting session Saturday morning before the first-round game.