Venice High Baseball Wraps Up Season

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Venice's Andres Beccera connects for a double in the Gondolier's 3-2 loss to Palisades High. Photo by Morgan Genser.

Gondoliers fall to Pali Dolphins in Westside duel. 

by Sam Catanzaro

As the Los Angles Dodgers and Angeles are just getting their seasons started the Venice High Gondoliers baseball team are wrapping their season up. This past week the Gondoliers played the Palisades High Dolphins for the last two regular-season games of the season.

On Tuesday, May 8th, the Venice High School baseball team hosted the Palisades High Dolphins and lost a closely contested 3-2 game. Palisades got off to a quick start by scoring two runs in the top of the second inning but Venice bounced right back by scoring two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning.

Venice’s Isaiah Morales loses the ball as he attempts to tag out Conrad Smith of Palisades. Photo by Morgan Genser.

The rest of the game was a pitcher’s duel, with both teams posting zeros until Palisades platted one run in the top of the seventh inning. Only seven innings of baseball are played in high school baseball and therefore Venice’s inability to score in the bottom of the seventh resulted in a 3-2 loss.

Venice pitcher Andres Beccera hurls a pitch in Tuesday’s game versus Palisades. Beccera finished the year with an impressive 1.85 ERA. Photo by Morgan Genser. 

Two days later these teams were back at it again as the Dolphins hosted the Gondoliers in the Pacific Palisades in a more one-sided contest. After scoring single runs in the first and third innings, the Dolphins blew the game open by scoring two runs in the fifth and three runs in the sixth. Venice failed to score a run throughout the seven innings of play and lost the game 7-0.

Palisades’s Jacob Kalt tags out Venice’s Marco Diaz at second base trying to stretch a single into a double. Photo by Morgan Genser.

With these losses, Venice finishes the season with an 8-4 record in league play and 16-17 overall. Their winning record in league play is good enough to give them a second place finish in the Western League standings.

Despite losing the final two games of the year, Venice’s season has been highlighted by stellar seasons by players like Jashia Morrissey and Luke Boulanger. Morrissey, who is a junior, demonstrated versatility throughout the season, crushing 5 home runs while batting .412 as a hitter while simultaneously posting a 1.39 earn run average while finishing the season with an 8-1 record as a pitcher. Boulanger, a freshman, proved to be one of the Gondoliers’ most consistent hitters, batting .394 and driving in 11 runs in his first season of play.

Venice’s Isaiah Morales charges a ball hit by a Palisades batter. Photo by Morgan Genser.