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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
Former Westchester High center Adijat Adams earned NAIA All-Amercian honors for her play this season at Biola University in La Mirada.
The junior was named to the third team after averaging 16.5 points, 9.3 rebounds and shooting 51.4 percent from the field.
Biola finished 16-17 on the year.
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.
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.
Westchester sprinter Destinee Brown was already excited on Friday when she signed her letter of intent to Cal State Fullerton and her coaches decided to shock her with a special guest.
The deception was on when girls’ basketball assistant coach Andre Collins called Brown into the training room to talk to head trainer Courtney Watson.
Instead of chatting with Watson, standing there waiting was three-time Olympic medalist Carmelita Jeter to congratulate her.
It was a pleasant surprise for the senior.
“Oh gosh, that was kind of crazy,” said Brown about her initial reaction. “I was like, ‘Is that really Carmelita?’ I know she has a busy schedule, so it meant a lot for her to show up for this moment.”
This was not the first time the two has crossed paths as Brown worked out with Jeter during spring break in March.
“I have been getting more focused and working harder especially after spending the time with Carmelita,” said Brown.