Woodrow Wilson Defeats Samohi In Baseball Doubleheader

Woodrow Wilson Put An End To Samohi’s Three Game Winning Streak

Wednesday, 13 Mar 2013, 3:31:00 PM

Jonathan Ghattas

Samohi pitcher Conner Greene winds up to throw the ball in the third inning in the first game against Woodrow Wilson on March 12, 2013.
Photo by Roger Morante
Samohi pitcher Conner Greene winds up to throw the ball in the third inning in the first game against Woodrow Wilson on March 12, 2013.

The Santa Monica Vikings (4-3) have won all three home games of the season and were looking

to get exactly that with their dominant pitching aces Connor Greene and Alex Gironda who took the

mound in a doubleheader against Long Beach Woodrow Wilson (5-4) Tuesday

afternoon.

In what turned out to be an

extra-inning game, Greene provided that dominant pitching against a potent

Bruins offense for the first seven innings of game one.

But when a pitching

change to reliever Andrew Brown occurred in the eighth, Woodrow Wilson made

sure to take full advantage. Shortstop Tim Richards did just that by drawing a

walk to lead off the top of the eighth inning.

Clean-up hitter Sean Williams

then crushed a triple into the gap, scoring Richards to put the Bruins up 1-0. Tacking

on another run on a perfectly executed squeeze play, Woodrow Wilson would hold

off the Vikings for the 2-1 victory.

“We just didn’t execute when we

needed to, and that cost us later in the game,” said Santa Monica head coach

Kurt Schwengel.

That lack of execution cost the

Vikings on offense, as they themselves were held scoreless for the first seven

innings of the game. That put pressure on Samohi starter Greene to keep

the Bruins off the scoreboard. Despite a shaky first couple innings, Greene was

able to settle in and allow his defense to make plays behind him.

“I always give myself some room to

warm-up in the first inning, so by the second I’m fueled up and ready to go,”

said Greene. “My curveball was effective enough that it allowed me to keep

those guys off balance.”

Greene would hold the Bruins to

four hits over seven shutout innings, while striking out seven batters.

Woodrow Wilson starting pitcher

Josh Goldberg matched his counterpart, as he stifled the Vikings offense for

six strong innings. Goldberg did walk five batters, but only gave up three hits

while striking out nine. 

Relief pitcher Cesar Gomez

completed the final two innings for the Bruins and earned the win. 

As the second game started,

noticeable changes to the line-up were made by the Vikings in an effort to give

some rest to core players. This was a key component in the early meltdown by

Samohi starter Alex Gironda.

Keeping their regular line-up in

tack, Woodrow Wilson pounced on Gironda in the first inning for four runs and

put a stranglehold on the game from the first batter on. Issuing four first

inning walks, coupled with two fielding errors led to the unraveling of Gironda

in game two.

“We put ourselves in a hole early,

and it was a going to take a tremendous effort from our guys to get back into

the game,” said Schwengel.

Gironda failed to provide that

strong pitching the Vikings were accustomed to getting from him, as he only

lasted three innings and allowed four runs.

By the end of the fourth inning,

the Bruins held a comfortable 7-0 lead that was highlighted by a towering home

run to right field by slugger Chris Betts off relief pitcher Eli Bieber.

Woodrow Wilson would go on and win

the game 11-0, sweeping the doubleheader and putting an end to Samohi’s three

game winning streak.

Samohi will look to bounce back at

home against T.B.A. Saturday at 11 a.m.

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