In local high school baseball games:
The St. Monica High School Mariners grabbed the Mary Star of the Sea Cliff Classic Tournament championship after a dominating 12-1 victory over St. Bernard High School in San Pedro Friday, April 1st.
The Mariners (4-5, 0-1), who tied Mary Star of the Sea High School with a 3-1 record in the tournament, earned the championship because of St. Monica’s 12-9 win over Mary Star Thursday, March 31st.
St. Bernard High School of Playa del Rey (1-11, 0-1) finished in fifth place in the tournament with a 0-4 record.
St. Monica boosted its offense with five runs in the fourth inning and added four runs in the seventh inning after back-to-back home runs by Vince Valdez and David White.
Valdez was a big factor for the Mariner offense, with two home runs and five RBIs (runs batted in), and White finished with two RBIs in the game.
Junior second baseman Carlo Ramirez and sophomore left fielder Matt Molina both had two hits for St. Bernard, which was out-hit by St. Monica 10-6.
Senior catcher Cody Decker and sophomore third baseman David Castellanos each hit a solo home run for Santa Monica High School in a 9-6 loss to Simi Valley High School in the Redondo Beach tournament Saturday, April 2nd.
The Vikings (5-7) led 6-5 for most of the game, but Simi Valley grabbed four runs in the sixth inning to take the victory.
Santa Monica finished with six hits in the game to nine hits for Simi Valley.
Venice High School earned its first Western League victory this season with a 15-7 win over Hamilton High School at home Monday, April 4th.
Pitcher Casey Noriyuki finished with three strikeouts over five innings to help secure the victory for the Gondoliers (5-10, 1-2)
The Venice offense was led by Jordan Alcantar, who finished with four RBIs, and Graham Davis, who added four RBIs and a home run.
Westchester High School lost 14-5 to visiting University High School Monday, April 4th, the first Western League defeat of the season for the Comets.
Westchester (9-7, 2-1) was scoreless until a two-run fourth inning and added three runs in the sixth inning, but University took control and picked up five runs in the seventh inning.
Junior center fielder D’arby Myers highlighted the Westchester offense with a three-run home run.
In high school softball games:
The Venice High School Gondoliers opened Western League play with a 2-1 victory over visiting Palisades High School Thursday, March 31st.
The Gondoliers (7-4, 1-0) grabbed two runs in the third inning to take the early lead, which they would not give up.
Venice senior pitcher Belinda Leos, who finished with five strikeouts, allowed only one hit in four innings, as Venice held off Palisades, which scored one run in the fifth inning.
Westchester High School also kicked off Western League play with a victory, after an 11-2 convincing win over host Fairfax High School Thursday, March 31st.
The Comets (9-3, 1-0) took control of the game early with a seven-run third inning, which included a three-run home run by senior Jennifer Hodrick, who finished with four RBIs.
Westchester dominated the game with a total of 14 hits.