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Santa Monica Sports Notes

Santa Monica High lost a home game to Peninsula in Bay League baseball, 6-5, failing to take advantage of numerous opportunities. The Vikings' final two runs came on an error with two outs in the seventh inning.

When the teams played again Friday at Peninsula, Samohi took a 10-1 lead in the first two innings with ace righthander Jonas Swyer pitching. However, Peninsula came back for a 15-11 victory, leaving Samohi with a 5-5 record in the Bay League.

Eric Snow hit a grand slam home run for Samohi. Swyer also homered and remained undefeated at 7-0 as reliever Alex Terranova took the loss...

Crossroads improved its Delphic League record to 3-1 with a 9-6 victory at Campbell Hall. Jon Cohen pitched a complete game and also hit a double. Ben Higgins hit two home runs and David Weiner one. Campbell Hall also is 3-1 in league play and 15-2 overall It defeated Crossroads earlier in the week, 6-5...

The Crossroads girls lost a softball game to Paraclete, 5-3 in eight innings. The game was tied after seven, 1-1. Paraclete scored four times in the eighth and Crossroads twice...

St. Monica High improved its boys volleyball record to 10-3 with a 15-10, 15-7, 15-7 victory over Cantwell, led by middle blocker Adam West...

Marissa Irvin, born and raised in Santa Monica, is now a Stanford freshman tennis star ranked No. 3 in the nation in womens' singles. Irvin won the Ojai womens' singles championship last weekend by defeating USC's Ditta Huber in the finals. In five matches Irvin didn't lose a set...

Santa Monica High, the Bay League champion, won a track meet from Peninsula, 81-55.
Jason Speciner won the shot put in 53-10 and the discus in 126-11...

The Samohi girls track team lost to Peninsula, 77-59. Brittney Crawford set Samohi school records in the shot put and discus. Peninsula defeated Samohi in girls softball, 3-0. Samohi got only two hits against the Panthers, who are 8-1 in the Bay League...

Mitch Chortkoff

St. Monica's Johnson Adds
No-Hitter to His Credentials

Sunday, May 2 --- I started the baseball season by watching Billy Johnson pitch. It was the logical place to begin, I reasoned, because the St. Monica High senior has as much potential as any
Westside hurler.

However, in that game at Venice, Johnson was ineffective. He was overpowering for two innings but was hit hard in the third. Ultimately his team lost.

Johnson had some other rough outings, but then he began to get into a groove. He pitched St. Monica past St. Anthony in Long Beach with a dominating performance. He shut out Cantewell, striking out 10. Then, last week, Johnson pitched a no-hitter against Verbum Dei. The game was halted after five innings because of the mercy rule, but it was another game in which Johnson was highly impressive.

With Johnson's strong outings, St. Monica has become a force in the Camino Real League. Under first-year coach Tim Layana, the former Loyola Marymount star and major league pitcher, the team at one time had a 4-9 record.

However, St. Monica won Johnson's no-hitter over Verbum Dei, 17-0. Then it defeated the same opponent two days later 19-0.

Johnson is about 6-foot-4 and throws hard. He had an outstanding freshman season, then wasn't as good in his sophomore and junior years.

But he has the tools that baseball scouts like. First, the size. Then the hard fastball.

Like many kids his age he has the makings of a college or professional career but needs another pitch or two. Having an ex-big leaguer as his coach definitely helps.

``He's always had that good fastball but now he's getting a knucke-curve over for strikes,'' said Layana. ``I taught him that pitch.''

The biggest games are coming up. Teams are vying for playoff position, and then the playoffs will present opportunities for anyone who got off to a slow start but came back.

The St. Monica baseball team has several players from its CIF-championship football team. These are athletes who have done their best at the most important time.

Will the baseball team be able to excel at playoff time too? With Johnson realizing much of his potential it's possible.


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