FOUNTAIN VALLEY — Every kid who asked who hit a home run for the Costa Mesa National Little League team on Wednesday was surprised to hear one name.
Felicia Rios was the name.
"Felicia did?" asked one kid. "She hit it over the fence?"
Yes, a 12-year-old girl belted her first home run, over the left-field fence. The ball landed in one of the parking lots at the Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park.
When she homered, her older brother, Tyler Rios, jumped out of his seat in the stands and walked toward the right of the backstop. While his sister rounded the bases, he cheered the loudest.
The rest of the crowd joined Tyler, who wrapped up his sophomore baseball season at Estancia High. The fans gave the player with the longest hair in the game a standing ovation.
Felicia deserved it because she started a four-run rally in the top of the fifth inning. In an elimination game in the District 62 Majors Division tournament, Costa Mesa National was still alive, tied with Robinwood.