Pali High Baseball Stays Atop League

Conrad Smith awaits the ball as Venice’s Jonathan Dominguez dives back to first base in Palisades’ 4-2 win.
Photos by Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

Every season, the first priority of the Palisades High baseball team is to win the Western League crown. The Dolphins took two more steps toward that goal by sweeping Venice last week by scores of 4-2 and 4-1, moving them one win away from clinching first place heading into this week’s home-and-home series versus second-place Hamilton.

Cord Vanley, Lucas Braun, Will Coquillard and Conrad Smith each had an RBI and Kent Johnson singled and doubled in the first game at George Robert Field, where Wyatt Loncar allowed three hits with four strikeouts in the first two innings and Coquillard struck out five batters over the last five innings to earn the win.

Braun pitched a six-hitter with seven strikeouts and doubled at the plate in the second game two days later at Venice.