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Hamilton and Palisades who finished second and third in the Western League will be on the road in the west valley during the first round of the LA City Division I playoffs.
West Valley League champion and second seed El Camino Real will be Palisades’ next opponent as the Dolphins slid into the playoffs as the 15th seed.
Hamilton grabbed the 11th seed and will take on West Valley League runner-up Chatsworth, who earned the six seed.
First roud matchups are below:
LA CITY Division I Softball Playoffs
Tuesday, May 14th at 3 p.m.
Hamilton may have won the Western League but its weak schedule seemed to hurt them in LA City Division I playoff seeding as they were the only conference champion to be left out of the main draw. The Yankees will battle Arleta in the Wildcard game on Wednesday for the right to face off against Marine League co-champion Banning.
Two other Western League teams earned Division I wild card spots as Venice will host Carson and University will travel to the valley to take on Birmingham.
Westchester had the best RPI in the Western League but lost their final four games in conference play to put them in fourth place and that setback most likely kept them out of the playoffs.
LA City Division I Baseball Playoffs
Wild Card games
Wednesday, May 15th at 3 p.m.
No. 20 Arleta at No. 13 Hamilton
No. 19 Universty at No. 14 Birmingham
No. 18 Carson at No. 15 Venice
No. 17 Maywood Academy at No. 16 Verdugo Hills
Wednesday, May 22nd at 3 p.m.
Hamilton needed a spark on Tuesday and Dalton Blumenfield bat provided just that.
His only hit of the game was a three-run shot over the left field fence fueled a nine-run fifth inning as the Yankees took one step closer to the Western League title with an 11-3 victory over Westchester.
It was Blumenfield’s fourth homerun of the year could not have been better timed for the Yankees.
“It was a great feeling,” said Blumenfield about the homerun. “The team really came through in the inning. Everyone hit, everyone scored and we had control in the game.”
The Yankees sent 13 batters to the plate in the fifth, starting with the Kirk Watts lead off the fifth with a double and scored off of Blumenfield’s homerun. On his second time at bat in the inning, he double in two more runs before coming home on Peter Rolon’s double.
Jessie Garcia, Hector Velazquez, Ethan Victor, Aaron Lewis and Dakota Kravetz all scored in the inning.
Hamilton head coach Dave Uyeshima did not seem surprised by his team’s offensive output.
Two days after beating Westchester in a mercy rule game, Venice found themselves struggling in a tied contest heading the fourth inning.
Then the bats got going as the Gondoliers grab three runs and four more in the fifth to clich their first Western League crown in six years with a 12-2 win over the Comets.
“Came out flat and realized quickly that [Westchester] brought their ‘A” game,” said Venice head coach Daniel Soto. “We had to step up our game and rose to the occasion. They also had some players today that did not play against us [on Tuesday].
Leanna De La Paz went three-for-four with two RBI’s, Gabriela Patino drove in two more runs and Kira Wessels had an inside the park homerun.
After coming throwing a five inning no-hitter in their last meeting, Venice pitcher Milana Casillas was nowhere near as dominate. The senior gave up eight hits and five walks in a complete game victory
“I struggled throwing strikes, but glad that my teammates were able to back me up when I needed it,” said Casillas.
Palisades’ pitcher Spencer Simon pitched five strong innings and helped himself at the plate by driving in two runs at the plate to keep the Dolphins hopes alive for a league title in a 4-3 victory on Tuesday.
Simon went three-for-four scoring the opening run of the game and drove in Sam Wasserman with a double in the top of the third. He followed that up with two-out RBI single in the fourth that scored Jed Moscot.
With the team not leading the Western League has they have done in years past, the senior understood how important the win was when it comes to postseason play.
“We are trying to make the playoffs and we know we have to win out,” said Simon.
Trailing 4-2 in the fourth, Hamilton’s Dalton Blumenfield hit the only homerun of the game with a solo shot over the left-center field fence.
The Yankees had a chance to tied it up in the bottom of the seventh with runners at first and second but Palisades reliever Holt Maybank struck out shortstop Ethan Victor to end the game.
“Big return to get two of our pitchers back with Harrison Simon and Holt Maybank in relief,” said Palisades head coach Mike Voelkel. “It was only the first and second time they have taken the mound this year.
Both Hamilton ( 15-4, 6-3) and Palisades (1-15, 6-3) are a game behind Westchester for first place in the Western League with three games left.
The bats came alive for Venice as the Gondoliers picked up an important road victory in a 10-6 win over University on Tuesday.
Max Rappoport had a grand slam in the third inning and Alexander Tash added another home run for Venice (16-5, 4-1). It is their seventh victory row.
University (11-7-1, 3-2) has lost three straight.
Other scores in the Western League…
Hector Velazquez had two double and five RBI’s in a Hamilton’s 11-1 victory over Fairfax to remain in a first place tie in the Western League.
Peter Rolan had three hits and drove in three run for the Yankees (12-2, 4-1) and pitcher Aaron Sabin had nine strikeouts in four innings of work.
Fairfax is 2-11 and 0-5 in Western League play.
In the Ocean League…
Below are the westside high school baseball and softball schedule for Wednesday, April 3rd.
LA CITY SECTION
University at Westchester
Fairfax at Venice
LACES at Hamilton
CIF SOUTHERN SECTION
Culver City at North Torrance
Windward vs Arrowhead Christian
St. Monica at St. Paul Tournamnet
St. Bernard at St. Paul Tournament