Youngsters shine at softball tourney

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Front row, from left: Emma Berns, Mia Green and Hayley Haag; middle row, from left: Rachel McConnell, Julia Landsmann, Delanie O'Neil and Sarah Berns; back row, from left: coach Gary Green, coach John Haag, Kirsten Avila, coach Connie Connors and Shayna Gamm.

Malibu’s 9/10 year-old Little League All-Star softball team, with many members playing this year for the first time, finished thard in its division. Showing grit, determination and grace, Malibu defeated Beverly Hills, 25-18, last week on Tuesday and was eliminated Saturday by North Venice in a hard fought game that ended with a 7-6 loss in the bottom of the sixth inning.