Santa Monica Vikings Thrash George Washington Prep Generals 18-1

Saturday, 16 Mar 2013, 9:37:00 PM

Jonathan Ghattas

Samohi pitcher Danny Galvan throws the ball for a strike against George Washington Prep at home Saturday afternoon.
Photo by Roger Morante
Samohi pitcher Danny Galvan throws the ball for a strike against George Washington Prep at home Saturday afternoon.

A nice

double play to end the first inning got George Washington Prep (0-3) back into

the dugout, but not before the Santa Monica Vikings (5-3) assaulted them with

six runs to run away with a 18-1 victory over the Generals at home Saturday afternoon.

After

obtaining their only hit of the game, the Generals held a very early 1-0 lead

in the first inning and that seemed to upset the Vikings pitching.

Starter Nick

Jimenez and two relievers would strike out 16 batters during a span of 19

batters retired in a row. This overwhelming pitching made for an offensive

outburst.

Santa Monica head coach Kurt Schwengel said that he expected this from the Vikings.

“This would

be the result every time, “ said Schwengel. “Facing all left-handed pitchers

was really good for us, it gets us ready for our next game.”

The offense

started with lead-off man Alex Turner who hit a single to start the first inning. Five consecutive base hits for the Vikings followed.

Nobu Suzuki then drove in the first two

runs of the game with one of his two singles.

Mason Landis followed up with an RBI triple and Jonathan Rakulijic's RBI  single put the Vikings in control

of the game with a commanding 5-1 lead.

“I wanted

to get us on the board first,” said Suzuki. “We were definitely the better team

so I think we showed that today.”

Totaling 15

hits as a team, the Vikings put up another six runs in the fifth inning putting

the game far beyond arms reach.

A completely overmatched Generals

team had no chance to rebound from the offensive firepower that was produced

from a complete Vikings line-up. With a lack of pitching and no offense, George

Washington found themselves on the wrong side of a lopsided game.

“We were

real aggressive today,” said Schwengel. “Its great to have guys like Turner and

Suzuki who are hitting machines, it adds a dimension to our line-up.”

Samohi starter Nick Jimenez tossed

four shutout innings while striking out eight batters and earning the win.

Relief pitcher Danny Galvan was

dominant in his two innings out of the bullpen, striking out five of the six

batters he retired.

Suzuki recorded two hits, two

runs, a stolen base and three RBI’s.

Turner set the table for the

offense with two hits, three runs, two stolen bases and an RBI.

The Vikings will get ready to face

a strong Serra (7-3) team backed by the pitching of the third top player in the

nation Tuesday at 3 p.m.

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