Samohi Vikings Walk-Off With Win In Extra Innings Over Buena

Samohi Wins Game Against Birmingham 10-1

Saturday, 2 Mar 2013, 1:31:00 PM

Jonathan Ghattas

Santa Monica High School pitcher Alex Gironda winds up against the Buena Bulldogs Friday afternoon.  The Vikings won the game 1-0.
Photo by Roger Morante
Santa Monica High School pitcher Alex Gironda winds up against the Buena Bulldogs Friday afternoon. The Vikings won the game 1-0.

The Santa

Monica (3-1) Vikings dugout erupted and players spilled out onto the field as they

chased down second baseman Nobu Suzuki seconds after his game winning RBI

single against the Buena Bulldogs (1-2) in extra innings to end the game 1-0.  

With

two-outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, Suzuki stepped up to the plate

with a runner in scoring position. Looking to end the game, Suzuki jumped on

the first pitch he saw and lined a single into left field driving in Ryan

Barbarin for the only run both teams would score all game.

“I was just

looking for a first pitch fastball,” said Suzuki. “I like being in that

situation because I’ve done it before.”

It was an extraordinary

pitchers duel for seven innings with neither team able to score.

The first

seven innings of the game was a showcase of two starting pitchers who seemed to

be matching each other pitch for pitch. Samohi starter Alex Gironda hit the

first batter he faced and then gave up a single, putting runners at the corner.

But with some help from his catcher Lino Lares, Gironda was able to get out of

the inning striking out back-to-back batters.

“To get out of a first and third no

out situation, it was just as much Lino as it was Alex,” said Samohi head coach

Kurt Schwengel. “For him to throw out that guy at second and not have them

score on it, that’s a big blunder on their part.”

Those two strikeouts to get out the

first inning would start a streak of 15 straight batters retired for Gironda,

who struck out seven batters during the streak.

 “It was just uphill from there, I tried to

settle down and throw strikes,” said Gironda. “That first pitch just slipped

out of my hand, so you have to come back from that and just do your thing.”

Gironda completed the night going

seven shutout innings, giving up four hits and striking out eight Bulldogs.

His

counterpart, Buena’s Charlie Brooks didn’t face the same first inning jitters,

as he struck out the side to start off his game. An error to start the second

inning though would give the Vikings their best scoring opportunity all game.

With the bases-loaded and no outs, Brooks struck out the next two batters and

got the speedy Alex Turner to ground out to the second baseman to end the inning.

Following that Brooks would go the next four innings without allowing a hit and

striking out six batters.

Brooks ended his day going six

shutout innings while only giving up two hits and striking out eleven.

Samohi relief pitcher Andrew Brown

pitched the eighth inning and was credited with the win.

The Vikings won away against Birmingham (1-2-1) in the Southern California

Invitational Saturday afternoon.

Next game for Samohi is against Roosevelt (1-2) at home Wednesday at 3 p.m.

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