In high school softball games:
Back-to-back Ocean League champion Santa Monica High School is carrying its success from the regular season into the Southern Section Division III playoffs, and the Vikings girls softball team easily defeated Santa Paula High School 11-0 in the first round at home Friday, May 20th.
The Vikings (17-9), who went undefeated in league play with a 10-0 record, picked up their fifth consecutive victory with the defeat of Santa Paula in only five innings.
After scoring one run in the first inning, Santa Monica racked up eight runs in the second inning to put the game out of reach for Santa Paula.
Junior Nikki Hoffman helped lead the Viking offense after going three-for-three and hitting two RBIs (runs batted in).
Sophomore starting pitcher Hannah-rose Peters allowed only two hits by Santa Paula and also stepped up big on offense for Santa Monica by finishing with four RBIs.
The Western League champion Venice High School Gondoliers will play for the Los Angeles City Section Invitational Di- vision title after earning an 18-0 blowout of Franklin High School in the playoff semifinals Thursday, May 19th.
The Gondos (19-7) won the league championship after finishing league play with an undefeated record of 8-0.
After losing 3-1 to Kennedy High School in the first round of the playoffs May 10th, Venice will play Eagle Rock High School for the Invitational Division title at UCLA Wednesday, June 1st.
In the semifinal victory over Franklin, senior pitcher Belinda Leos went five-for-five batting for Venice and junior Kayla Sax highlighted the offense with a three-run home run.
St. Bernard High School kicked off the Southern Section Division VII playoffs with a 12-1 dominating victory over host Cornerstone Christian High School of Camarillo Thursday, May 19th.
The Vikings (9-8) finished in third place in the Camino Real League after ending with a 5-4 record in league play.
After going scoreless in the first three innings against Cornerstone, St. Bernard racked up seven runs in the third inning, including a grand slam by Teresa Torres, who finished with three hits.
St. Monica High School lost 3-0 to host Alemany High School of Mission Hills in the first round of the Southern Section Division IV playoffs Friday, May 20th.
The Mariners (13-13) ended the regular season with a third-place finish and 4-4 record in the Del Rey League.