After losing their first seven games of the baseball season, Venice High began its Western League schedule by defeating Hamilton twice, 3-2 and 6-5.The Gondoliers lost non-league games to Marshall (11-4) and Peninsula (15-4) before beginning league competition.Max Alatorre is batting .353 and Darren Takade .345.Palisades, also of the LA City Section, improved to 6-3 overall with a 13-3 loss to El Camino Real, followed by victories in its first two Western League games. The Dolphins shut out Fairfax, 10-0 and 16-0.Johnny Bromberg is batting .500 and has pitched two wins. Austin Jones is batting .455 and Cole Cook has pitched two wins.Santa Monica High is 4-3 following a 7-5 loss to Banning and a 12-0 victory over Golden Valley of Santa Clarita.St. Monica has a 3-5 record, including 2-3 in league play after losing to St. Paul, 7-1 and Bishop Montgomery, 6-1.New Roads had two games last week. The Jaguars lost to Highland Hall of Northridge, 7-5, then routed Delphi Academy of Lake View Terrace, 20-1.Brentwood had won its first four games but began its Olympic League schedule by losing to Valley Christian of Cerritos, 13-4 and 6-5.Malibu defeated Northview of Covina, 4-2, then lost to the same team, 13-2. The Sharks then had a 15-2 win over Oxnard and a 13-3 win over Nordhoff for a 5-4 overall record, including 2-1 in the Frontier League.Brooks Fitch is batting .632. Stephan Williams is batting .542 and leads the team in RBI’s with 10.GirlsIn softball, Santa Monica High won two games in the Downey Tournament, defeating Calvary Chapel 11-0 and Torrance 5-4. Hannah-Rose Peters won her sixth game and Alyson Herman her first as the Vikings’ record became 7-2. Brentwood earned a 7-2 win over Marshall of Pasadena in the Delphic League opener. Brentwood, which is 6-3 overall, also defeated Campbell Hall last week, 7-5 and lost to Whitney, 3-2.Malibu shut out Windward, 15-0 and is 7-2, all in non-league games. Jamie Samuel is batting .519 and Katrina Morelock .448. Pitcher Brittany Cowart has a 4-1 record.St. Monica is 5-1 following a 4-2 loss to Serra and a 9-0 win over Beverly Hills.Crossroads is 1-4 after losing to Viewpoint, 6-2.New Roads lost to Culver City, 7-1 and has a 3-3 record.In the LA City Section, Venice won its Western League opener from Hamilton, 5-2 after losing seven of its first eight games.Palisades lost to Cleveland, 3-0 but won its Western League opener from Fairfax, 6-5 and is 4-2 overall. Krystal Mitchell is batting .692 and has pitched two victories.
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