League play has begun for the local high school baseball and softball teams.

In high school baseball games:

The Westchester High School Comets racked up eight runs in the fifth inning to earn a commanding 12-2 victory at home over the Venice High School Gondoliers Monday, March 27th.

In the first meeting of the season between the two teams, Venice and Westchester each scored two runs in the second inning.

But Westchester (5-5, 3-0) held Venice scoreless from there, and took the lead for good with two runs in the fourth inning.

Venice (2-8, 2-1) had only one hit in the game, while West-chester finished with nine hits.

The two teams will meet again at Venice High School at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 30th.

The Santa Monica High School Vikings held the lead after five innings, but host Camarillo High School picked up three runs in the final two innings to take a 6-5 victory in a non-league game Saturday, March 25th.

Santa Monica (4-4) took the early lead with a run in the second inning, and after both teams scored three runs in the third inning, the Vikings regained the lead with another run in the fifth inning.

But Camarillo then tied the game at 5-5 with two runs in the sixth inning and grabbed the win with a run in the bottom of the seventh.

Santa Monica outhit Camarillo 10-6 in the game. Junior center fielder Dylan Early led the Vikings with three runs batted in (RBIs).

After losing two consecutive Del Rey League games, the St. Monica High School Mariners defeated Los Angeles Baptist High of North Hills 2-1 in a non-league game Monday, March 27th.

The Mariners (4-5, 2-3) will next host Bosco Tech High in a league game at 3:15 p.m. Friday, March 31st.

After opening the Del Rey League season with two losses, the St. Bernard High School Vikings earned a 6-2 victory at home over Mary Star of the Sea High School Friday, March 24th.

The Vikings (2-5, 0-2) will next face host Bishop Montgomery High in a league game at 3:15 p.m. Friday, March 31st.

In high school softball games:

Defending Western League champion Venice High School defeated visiting University High School 4-3 in a league game Monday, March 27th.

Freshman Danielle Mestas hit the game-winning RBI (run batted in) single in the fifth inning for Venice.

The Gondoliers (4-8, 2-0) will next host Fairfax High School in a league game at 3 p.m. Monday, April 3rd.

After opening the Western League season with a commanding 11-2 victory over University High School, the Westchester High School Comets lost 7-0 to Norwalk High in the Downey Tournament Saturday, March 25th.

The Comets (3-6, 1-0) will next play at Banning High School in a non-league game at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 31st.

The Santa Monica High School Vikings scored two runs in the sixth inning to defeat Torrance High School 5-4 in the Downey Tournament Saturday, March 25th.

Santa Monica junior pitcher Hannah-Rose Peters finished with seven strikeouts in the victory, and senior Lana Bowie led the offense with two hits.

The Vikings (7-2) will next play at Hawthorne High School in an Ocean League game at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, March 30th.

The St. Monica High School Mariners were defeated 4-2 by host Savanna High School of Anaheim in the Savanna Tournament Saturday, March 25th.

The Mariners (6-3) scored two runs in the first inning, but Savanna took the lead with a run in the second inning and held St. Monica scoreless for the remainder of the game.

St. Monica, which finished with four hits in the game, will next host St. Paul High in a Del Rey League game at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 4th.

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