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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.
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…
Boys Basketball Playoffs Roundup: Strong first-half for Palisades sets up another matchup with Fairfax
Palisades’ showed how good of the team they are by turning a close game tied at 8 into a commanding 22-point at halftime on their way to a easy 68-43 victory over San Pedro in the first round of the LA City Division I playoffs.
Tyler Hildreth finished with 20 points and Louis Kurihara scored 18 to lead the Dolphins.
San Pedro rallied in the third when Michael Garcia hit back-to-back three-pointers to cut the Palisades advantage to 12, but the Pirates would not get any closer.
Elijah Gaines had 15 points for San Pedro.
The win sets up a second round matchup with league rival Fairfax on Tuesday. The Dolphins have beating them twice in this season including a 70-62 victory last week.
Destinee Brown had more assists (ten) than Hamilton had points and also finished with quadruple-double in Westcheter’s 86-8 pounding of Hamilton, Wednesday afternoon.
The score would have been larger, but the Comets had some troubles with free throws going 6 of 19 from the line.
Westchester opened the game on a 19-0 run before Hamilton made their first field goal at the 1:52 left in the first quarter. The Yankees went scoreless in the second half.
Along with Brown, three players finished in double figures in a bench-clearing performance for the Comets.
Palisades extended their winning streak to five games with a 66-27 road victory over Hamilton in Western League action.
Bianca King led the Dolphins with 24 points and eight rebounds to setup a show down against two undefeated teams in the conference when they travel to Westchester on Monday.
Kylie Bethel had 16 points and freshman Hydeia Duronslet added 10 points along with six steals for Palisades (7-14, 3-0).
In the Ocean League…
Beverly Hills 57, Morningside 27