The Santa Monica High School baseball team is one of the
best squads in the CIF Southern Section Division III bracket. In fact, Samohi
is the second ranked team in their division. The Vikings, with an overall mark of
20-4 before they take on Morningside High School for a home game on May 1, have
pretty much dominated the competition all year long.
The Vikings have played 12 games at home, winning 10.
Samohi’s record on the road is just good, winning nine of the 11 games they’ve
played away. That’s pretty impressive stuff for the Ocean League leader. Samohi
is undefeated through six games in Ocean League play.
The Vikings have won
their last six games, including beating Oaks Christian 10-8 in the Redondo
Tournament on Saturday, April 26. The Vikings also breezed past Morningside,
20-0, on April 29. After scoring four runs in the first two innings against Oaks
Christian, Samohi had to come from behind to win the nonleague game, scoring
three runs in the top half of the seventh inning to briefly regain the lead.
Oaks Christian, which put up five runs in the bottom of the
third inning, tied the game in the bottom of the seventh with a run. Samohi
responded, scoring two runs in the eighth inning to prevail with the win. The
Vikings have won eight of their last nine games. During that span, the Samohi
baseball team has produced 86 runs against their opponents.
As a team, Samohi is batting nearly at a .400 clip, actually
going for .392 as a squad. On the hitting side of things, Samohi has an
extremely productive offensive season, thanks to the play of Freddie Norris (29
hits, .403 batting average), Matt Kassowitz (29 hits, .468 batting average),
Rudy Olmedo (28 hits, .444 Batting average) and Gary Dixon (26 hits, .448
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