Two Cambria girls playing for the 12-and-under Riptide all-star fast-pitch softball team were denied a chance to compete when their tournament was washed away by a torrential downpour and lightning Saturday, July 18, at the California State Games in San Diego.
Reese Tartaglia and Faith De La Cruz — along with their Riptide teammates from up and down the Central Coast — lost their first game Friday and were leading 1-0 in the fifth inning of their Saturday morning game against a team from Goleta.
Then the rain began to fall, light rain at first, then in torrents accompanied by a deluge of runs by Riptide’s opponent. Riptide ended up losing 5-2 in the rain-shortened game and tournament.
“There was a downpour of rain and thunder in the fifth inning,” said Reese’s mother, Misty Tartaglia. “My daughter was up to bat when they called the game.”
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Asked what her daughter’s immediate reaction was to the game being called, Misty Tartaglia said, “It was raining so hard I couldn’t see her.”
The city at first said they would try to reschedule the games, but as the rain continued, it was clear that would be difficult.
“The city could not reschedule the games or let us play on Monday, so they canceled the whole tournament,” said Misty Tartaglia, who coached her daughter’s 8-and-under and 10-and-under fast-pitch teams, but who wasn’t coaching this 12-and-under team.
She said the group tried to go to Legoland in northern San Diego County on Sunday, but heavy rain canceled those plans, as well.
“It was quite the adventure,” she said. “But the girls did really well through it all.”