Posted Oct. 9, 2013, 9:08 am
Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier salutes the Los Angeles Dodgers’ playoff games by flying its signature Dodgers logo flag at the roller coaster’s peak, 55 feet above the Pacific Ocean.
Posted Aug. 23, 2013, 9:04 am
About 100 children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica and Long Beach converged at Dodger Stadium Wednesday morning for a youth baseball clinic hosted by Bank of America and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Posted Aug. 21, 2013, 9:51 am
About 100 children, ages 6-18, from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica and Long Beach will converge on Dodger Stadium this morning for a youth baseball clinic hosted by Bank of America and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Posted Jun. 17, 2013, 11:35 am
Santa Monica High School’s star-pitcher Conner Greene signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays after being drafted in the 7th round, 205th overall, in the MLB First Year-Player Draft. Greene signed his contract in Florida Wednesday afternoon. “It was very exciting signing my first contract,” said Greene. “My goal now is to get bigger, better, stronger and move out of rookie ball by the end of the year.”
Posted Jun. 4, 2013, 4:44 pm
Santa Monica High School's 6’3" 170 pound right-handed pitcher Connor Greene is expected to be drafted in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft that will start June 6 and continue until June 8 after pitching two years on varsity for the Vikings. Greene said that he expects to hear his name called between the sixth and tenth rounds in the upcoming draft. “Last year was the year that I just started to get publicity, so I was still somewhat under the radar,” said Greene.
Posted Jun. 3, 2013, 7:16 am
Little League baseball in Santa Monica came to an exciting conclusion when the Pirates defeated the Orioles 9-4 to claim the Santa Monica Little League Championship at Memorial Park Saturday afternoon. In the first inning, the Orioles looked to make something happen starting the game off with a leadoff single by Eli Levy. The Orioles eventually loaded up the bases with one out. But Pirates pitcher Sam Brand regained his poise and struck out the next two hitters to get out of the inning without allowing a run.
Posted May. 23, 2013, 3:02 pm
The New Roads (9-7, 5-3) baseball team lost to Temecula Prep (22-4) Tuesday afternoon by a score of 14-3, but not before proving to the entire Jaguar community that they had constructed a solid team that could overcome multiple challenges to have a successful baseball season. New Roads Baseball head coach Matt Steinhaus said that Jaguars did better then he expected. "If someone would have told me that this years team would win just one fewer postseason games than last years squad - after losing four senior starters and having two more would be returning stars from last year still on campus but choosing not to play- I would have laughed right in their face, " said Steinhaus.
Posted May. 17, 2013, 5:27 pm
Samohi (20-11) entered the first round of the CIF playoffs without star ace senior pitcher Connor Greene on the mound, and the absence of the Vikings leader was felt as the Vikings lost to Knight (20-5) 8-3 at home Thursday afternoon. Samohi head coach Kurt Schwengel was very pleased with his team’s performance for the 2013 season, but saddened to see the season end the way it did. “You have to tip your hat off to them, especially to Cabral,” said Schwengel. “The last thing we expect here is to see a ball fly over the left field fence so that was quite a poke. We had a great season and it will be awfully hard to see these seniors leave.”
Posted May. 15, 2013, 11:04 am
It was the bottom of the first inning and New Roads (8-6) was ahead 2-0 when Jaguars slugger Pedro Dupree stepped up to bat against pitcher Shane Hampton of Coastal Christian (5-8) in the first round of the CIF Playoffs at home Tuesday afternoon. Dupree connected with the baseball sending the Conquerors outfield racing backwards in a frantic attempt to recover the ball and throw it home, but by then they were too late and Dupree had already circled the bases to make the game 5-0. By the end of the game, the the Jaguars had extended the score to 21-5.
Posted May. 10, 2013, 7:07 pm
It was the top of the seventh inning with the bases loaded and two outs. The Santa Monica Vikings (20-10, 10-0) needed just one more out to cap off another victory and clinch their spot in the CIF playoffs against rival Culver City (18-6, 8-2), and the Vikings did just that winning the game 7-4 at home Thursday afternoon. Entering the final inning, the Vikings had held a comfortable 7-2 lead needing only three outs to complete their perfect record within league play. But with sophomore Andrew Brown on the mound for the final inning, things quickly started to take a turn for the worse and the Vikings slowly saw their lead shrink away.
Posted May. 1, 2013, 6:57 pm
With league play quickly coming to an end, Santa Monica (17-10, 7-0) added a seventh straight victory against rival Beverly Hills (10-12, 4-3) to continue the Vikings dominance within the Ocean League and cruising to a 6-1 victory at home Tuesday afternoon. Samohi pitcher Alex Gironda, who took the mound against Beverly Hills, said that he did not like the Normans. “It felt good beating Beverly Hills, especially because I hate them,” said Gironda. “They were making contact today, but our defense did a great job helping me out and that’s all you can ask for.”
Posted Apr. 30, 2013, 5:06 pm
The New Roads (6-5-1) baseball team defeated Wildwood 9-1 for the second time this season at Clover Park Friday afternoon. The Jaguars are now currently in second place at 4-2 in the Coastal League behind Rolling Hills (8-5). Jaguars pitcher Spencer Backlar pitched a complete game with six strikeouts while Christian Vibiano led the Jaguars with two hits, two runs scored, and two stolen bases including a straight steal of home in the fourth inning.
Posted Apr. 21, 2013, 4:03 pm
It was a close game in the bottom of the seventh inning and Santa Monica High School's (14-9) pitching ace Connor Greene was determined to put away the batters of cross-town rival Palisades Charter High School (6-14) in what had become a closely contested game to the very last out. Greene looked to complete his first full game of the season with a win but the heart of the Dolphins line-up stepped up to the plate and challenged the Vikings surmounting a comeback and cutting into the Vikings three-run lead. “Today I did my best to compete and just keep my team in the game,” said Greene.
Posted Apr. 19, 2013, 8:23 pm
In a baseball game that was expected to be a blowout, the Santa Monica Vikings (13-9, 4-0) pummeled the Inglewood (2-5, 2-2) Sentinels in a 18-0 rout to claim their fourth straight league victory at home Thursday afternoon. Samohi head coach Kurt Schwengel stressed the importance of beating weaker teams in league play and said that the Vikings had the capacity to win. “This is what we expect as a team when we play these guys,” said Schwengel. “Playing against Inglewood and Morningside are four games that we should always be able to win.”
Posted Apr. 12, 2013, 9:06 pm
The Santa Monica Vikings (11-9, 2-0) played host to the Hawthorne Cougars (11-6, 0-2) in the second of two games between the clubs following a 4-1 victory Tuesday at Hawthorne before winning at home Thursday afternoon 5-1 to open up league play. Samohi Baseball head coach Kurt Schwengel said that the bottom of the Vikings line-up played well against the Cougars and strongly contributed to the win. “We had a lot of production from the bottom part of our line-up today,” said Schwengel.
Posted Apr. 6, 2013, 3:42 pm
Santa Monica High School (9-8) tested the might of the Malibu High School (14-3) Sharks with Vikings pitcher Connor Greene retiring 13 batters to spearhead the win 5-2 in the first game of the doubleheader baseball games at Malibu High School Friday afternoon. The Vikings went on to win the second game 2-1. Samohi's starting pitcher Greene said that he thought the first game of the doubleheader went well. "My legs were a little tired but by the fourth inning I finally loosened up, I got into a groove, and did what I've been doing most of the season," said Greene. "Being a rival school it's always a fun win."
Posted Mar. 20, 2013, 2:53 pm
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.
Posted Mar. 16, 2013, 9:37 pm
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.
Posted Mar. 13, 2013, 3:31 pm
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.
Posted Mar. 6, 2013, 1:38 pm
It was the top half of the third inning and Roosevelt (1-3) had scored the first run of the game following a throwing error by Samohi's (4-1) first baseman Connor Greene. Greene looked to redeem himself at the plate on his next at bat at home Tuesday afternoon. “I definitely was looking to make up for that easy run that I gave them,” said Greene. With lead-off man Alex Turner setting the table with a single to start the inning, Greene stepped up to the plate with a chance to drive in two runs. After working the count 2-1, Greene smacked a single to center field allowing both runners to score and put the Vikings up 2-1.
Posted Mar. 3, 2013, 3:01 pm
Santa Monica Little League hosted its first Rosti Home Run Derby event followed by the first games of the baseball season on Majors Field at Memorial Park Saturday morning. After an hour of home run slams by the Santa Monica Little League's top batters, Orioles Cody Rains was declared winner of the Home Run Derby. "I'm speechless," said Rains. "I've always been known as a good hitter and now I just proved it."
Posted Mar. 2, 2013, 1:31 pm
The Santa Monica (3-1) Vikings dugout erupted and players spilled out onto the field as they chased down second baseman Nobu Suzuki seconds after his game winning RBI single against the Buena Bulldogs (1-2) in extra innings to end the game 1-0. With two-outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, Suzuki stepped up to the plate with a runner in scoring position.
Posted Mar. 1, 2013, 12:52 pm
The 2013 Santa Monica Pony Baseball opening day ceremony and carnival is this Saturday, March 2 at Los Amigos Park.
Posted Mar. 1, 2013, 6:00 am
The Santa Monica Little League will host its opening day this Saturday, March 2 at Memorial Park at Olympic and 14th Street.
Posted Feb. 24, 2013, 10:48 am
It was the seventh inning and Ventura (0-1) had a chance to stage a comeback against Santa Monica (1-0), but relief pitcher Alex Gironda stepped up and retired two batters to deny the Cougars a victory in the Vikings triumphant 3-0 opening day shutout. Samohi Baseball Head Coach Kurt Schwengel was proud of starting pitcher Connor Greene who pitched the first six innings and relief pitcher Gironda for securing the win, but thought that the Vikings base running was in need of improvement.