Serra Rallies In Seventh Inning To Defeat Samohi

Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013, 2:53:00 PM

Jonathan Ghattas

Santa Monica's Nobu Suzuki rounds third before heading to home plate during the fourth inning at home Tuesday afternoon.
Photo by Roger Morante
Santa Monica's Nobu Suzuki rounds third before heading to home plate during the fourth inning at home Tuesday afternoon.

With the game tied 3-3 against Serra (8-3) Samohi (5-4) starter Conner Greene

took the mound having already thrown 100 pitches, but it turned out to be the worst mistake the Vikings made against the Cavaliers at home Tuesday afternoon.

The Cavaliers were able

to scratch across runs in both the fifth and six innings after being shutout by Greene proving that they were getting a grasp on him.

The Cavaliers looked to regain the lead in the seventh.

It looked like an easy inning for Greene with the bottom of the line-up at bat in the seventh inning, but

after a leadoff single and a perfect bunt put runners on the

corners and tested Greene’s mental toughness.  

Cavaliers first

baseman Isaiah Flowers worked the count full and stroked a single to center to bring in the winning runs giving Serra a 5-3 lead. It was the third consecutive single given up by Greene and would end his night proving to be the dagger for the Vikings.

“Every

pitch matters so I approached those guys the same way I did (Smith),” said

Greene. “But I was getting tired mentally, so I made a mistake leaving the ball

up in the zone and it cost me.”

Another run

scored on a passed ball, and the Vikings lost by score of 6-3.

“This game will definitely give confidence

to our guys,” said Santa Monica head coach Kurt Schwengel. “To hang around a

team like Serra and get good at bats against Smith, it will help us later down

the line in league games.”

Greene was charged with the loss,

as he allowed five of the six runs in six innings while striking out eight

Cavaliers.

On the other side, Serra star

pitcher Dominic Smith set his dominance early against the Vikings, punching out

six batters through the first three frames but not Vikings batter Ryan Barbarin.

Barbarin thrived facing his old school and was very productive out of the nine hole drawing two walks with two RBI’s.

“It was great to see Ryan come out and do what he did,” said Schwengel. “He was a little more amped up for this game than most and you could tell.”

Earlier in the

fourth inning, Samohi had finally found a way to get to the ace.

A leadoff single by

Nobu Suzuki got things rolling for the Vikings. But Smith quickly responded with

back-to-back strikeouts until a single by Jonathan Rakulijic put catcher

Lino Lares at the plate with two on and two out. 

Lares didn't waste any time and flared

the 0-1 pitch over the shortstop’s head scoring Suzuki and rattling Smith in the process.

Smith walked consecutive batters to force in another run and give the Vikings a

2-0 lead heading in the fifth inning.

Smith got one of those runs back in

the sixth inning and doubled in a run that would tie the game at 2-2. Smith

collected two hits and an RBI, while striking out nine Vikings in five innings

of work for Serra.

Samohi will

start a two-week road trip with their first game against Centennial (6-2) on

Saturday at 11 a.m.

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