Venice, 12-2 overall and 1-0 in the Western League at the start of the week, will play host to Hamilton (3-3-1 and 0-1) at 3 p.m. Monday. The Gondoliers took the Holt/Goodman Tournament last week, defeating Granada Hills, 8-2. Outfielder Roger Serafin had a home run, a triple and a double to drive in three runs for the Gondoliers. Pitcher Armando Gomez saved two games in the tournament, and his bases-loaded triple scored three runs to break open the championship game. Gomez was named the tournament's most valuable player.
The Gondoliers will face a Hamilton team with good speed and dangerous hitters in the middle of its lineup, Venice Coach Jeff Shimizu said. Hitters include shortstop Chris Martin and center fielder Darly Moss.
Second baseman William Galinato is leading the Gondoliers in hitting with a .429 average. The Gondoliers are also getting sound pitching from Paul Nikcevic, who has a 1-0 record and an earned run average of 2.06, and Gomez, who has a 3-1 record and an ERA of 2.66.
Westchester at University
University, 11-2 overall and 1-0 in the Western League, will entertain Westchester (3-5 and 1-0) at 3 p.m. Monday.
The Warriors took the Roosevelt/Goodman Tournament last week, pounding Eagle Rock pitching for 16 hits en route to a 16-3 win. Javier Cortez, the Warriors' catcher, was 9 for 13 in the tournament with 6 RBIs. He drove in three runs in the championship game and captured the tournament most valuable player award.