The Palisades High softball team was down to its final strike in the bottom of the ninth inning when senior third baseman Milly Acevedo launched a pitch over the center field fence for a game-tying home run in Monday’s first-place showdown against Venice.
The solo blast kept the host Dolphins alive, but they were unable to score again and eventually fell 9-8 in 10 innings for their first defeat in Western League play. Alyssa Wallin, Talia Hunter, Samahni Squalls and Molly Tenenbaum all had RBIs in a five-run fourth inning that gave Palisades a 6-3 lead, but Venice answered with four runs in the fifth.
Tori Raygosa pitched nine innings for the Gondoliers and finished with 16 strikeouts.
“She’s a good pitcher but personality-wise we let her get to us a little,” said Pali High senior catcher Sasha Vanley, who had a single, a double and scored two runs, including the tying run in the sixth on a hit to the right-center field gap by Molly Tenenbaum. “We got a little rattled when they brought her back in. Next game will be very different!”
The teams will meet again in their Western League finale May 2 at Venice. Palisades travels to University for a makeup game Friday.