In high school baseball games:
The Westchester High School Comets kicked off Western League play with a 9-3 victory at home over Hamilton High Monday, March 28th.
Westchester sophomore pitcher Darrell Hudson limited Hamilton to only three hits in five innings, as the Comets (8-5, 1-0) out-hit Hamilton 12-8 in the game.
Junior outfielder Josh Morton picked up two hits and three RBIs, and senior shortstop Chris Valencia finished with two hits and two RBIs for Westchester, which scored four runs in the first inning.
Venice High School opened Western League play with a 10-7 loss at home to Fairfax High School Monday, March 28th.
The Gondoliers (3-9, 0-1), who out-hit Fairfax 9-6 in the game, picked up three runs in the sixth inning to tie the score at 7-7, but Fairfax scored three runs in the seventh to take the lead for good.
The Santa Monica High School Vikings picked up a total of 11 runs in the fifth and sixth innings on the way to a 13-5 victory over Grant High of Van Nuys in the RBI tournament Saturday, March 26th.
The Vikings (4-6) trailed Grant 5-2 in the fifth inning when Santa Monica added five runs, including a three-run home run by junior Garrett Griffin.
Santa Monica finished with 15 hits to eight for Grant in the game. The Vikings will open Ocean League play at Morningside High Tuesday, April 12th.
In high school softball games:
The Westchester High School Comets finished with nine hits to take a 7-1 non-Western League victory over host Washington High School Monday, March 28th.
The Comets (8-3) held Washington to one run after the second inning, as Westchester freshman pitcher Shenaaz Burrell gave up only one hit and finished with 12 strikeouts in the game.
Sophomore Kiana Brownbill gave Westchester a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning with a two-run single. Sophomore Amanda Steele added two RBIs for the Comets.