Samohi’s Baseball Team Keep it Rolling

Vikings undefeated in Ocean League

Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014, 6:32:00 AM

Dennis Freeman

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

batting average).

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