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Fresh off an opening round upset of Wilson, Westchester had two rally twice in order to knock off 15th seed Maywood 8-7 to advance to the LA City Division II semifinals.
Veranae Woods had three RBI’s and Sharnitra Woods scored and drove in a run for the Comets.
Westchester trailed 2-0 in the first and 5-4 after the third inning of play.
The 10th-seeded will travel to No. 6 Arleta on Tuesday.
In other games…
Venice bats get hot early in win
Top seeded Venice found themselves in an early battle against 16th seeded Chavez in the first round of the LA City Division II playoffs.
Instead of their strong offense or dominate pitching that they have relied on all season, it was a defensive play by left fielder Samantha Soto that change the momentum as the Gondoliers cruised to a 15-0 victory.
Holding a 4-0 lead in the top of the fourth, Venice pitcher Milana Casillas found herself in a one-out jam after walking Jackie Alvarado and Melissa Valentin. Then Casillas got Jasmine Duenas to hit what should have been routine fly into left field, until Samantha Soto made it much more interesting.
Winning their first Western League title in six years, Venice was reward with the top seed in the Division II softball playoffs. The Gondoliers who finished 23-3-1 under first-year coach Daniel Soto will host San Fernando Chavez of the East Valley League in the first round. The winner will face either Bravo or Hollywood in the quarterfinals.
Westchester was selected as the tenth seed and will travel to the eastside against seventh seed Wilson.
First round schedule is below:
LA City Division II Softball Playoffs
First round, 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.
The Western League has had a strong showing in the LA City Boys Volleyball playoffs this year. Four teams in three divisions have advanced to the semifinals on Tuesday.
First year coach Randy Stoklos’ top-seeded Palisades squad survived by ralling in a five game thriller at home against Van Nuys in the Division I quarterfinals (26-24, 26-28, 25-27, 25-16, 15-13).
They will host No.5 seed San Pedro, who defeated Marine League rival Carson in five games.
In Division II, Venice swept Franklin (25-10, 25-23, 25-10) and University easily handled Jordan in three straight games (25-23, 25-15,25-16). The Gondoliers will host Bravo Medical Magnet, while the Wildcats face top-seed Eagle Rock.
LACES will host Rancho Dominguez in Divison III after defeating Elizabeth (25-18, 25-20, 25-22).
Chase Hoag threw six shutout innings has Venice beat LACES 8-0 in their final regular season game and closed to with a half-a-game of first place Hamilton and University in the Western League.
Robert Davis scored twice and had two RBI’s for Venice in the victory as they are forced to wait on Thursday outcomes to see if their season will continue in postseason play.
The Gondoliers have come on strong after trailing Westchester by three game with four to play last week, but swept the series against the Comets and won their two games versus the Unicorns.
Two teams are expected to go to the playoffs in the Western League and they need either Hamilton to lose to Westchester or University to fall to Palisades in order to advance to the playoffs. Venice holds the tiebreakers against both teams along with Westchester and could be the top seed in the league if both Yankees and Wildcats lose.
Below is today’s first round boys volleyball playoff schedule involving westside teams. All games are at 7 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.
LA CITY SECTION
Grant at Palisades
Kennedy at University
Arleta at Venice