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Santa Monica Little League Senior boys won the District 25 championship on Tuesday, July 10.
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Santa Monica Little League Senior boys won the District 25 championship on Tuesday, July 10.

Sports, Baseball, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Little League Senior Boys Win District 25 Championship

Posted Jul. 13, 2012, 10:17 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

The Santa Monica Little League (SMLL) senior boys team won the District 25 Championship on Tuesday, July 10 at La Cienega Park in Beverly Hills.

On the road to victory, the team won the opener against the City of Angels 14-0 on July 1. Despite losing the next game to Beverly Hills 3-1 on July 2 , they team rebounded winning four games in four days from the elimination bracket to claim championship.

This path included beating the City of Angels again 8-4 on Saturday, Beverly Hills on Sunday 16-5, North Venice on Monday 6-1, and North Venice again on Tuesday to claim the championship with a score of 7-6.

SMLL trailed 6-4 going into the top of the 7th, and scored three to take the lead, holding on for the win.

Denicio Gonzalez-Drake, Gary Dixon, and Evan Miller were the big, pitching ace was Alex Gironda, who threw a complete game two hitter in the Monday 6-1 victory over North Venice.

Jake Speakman was spectacular behind the plate, picking off two runners in the Tuesday final, killing NV rallies in both cases.

Santa Monica Little League president Matt Steinhaus said most of the players had been part of the SMLL since they were T-ballers, but were all now seniors is the final division of play in SMLL.

“The team is primarily made up of 16-17 year olds, so this is it for little league for pretty much all of them when this experience is over,” Steinhaus said. “None of the kids had ever played in a District final, let alone won a championship. Not only do they win in pretty stunning fashion, but they did so representing SMLL as impressively as any other championship teams I remember, both on and off the field.”

Their next game is this Saturday, July 14 in the Section 4 tournament in Manhattan Beach – the opponent is Lawndale Tri-Park Little League.

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Jul. 13, 2012, 10:51:43 am

so said...

Great job guys....represent good luck

Jul. 14, 2012, 3:57:12 am

District 25 said...

Whats in question right now is that the Santa Monica boys that played on the all star team did not qualify to play on the team. Most of the kids on the team did not play the required 60 percent. Follow up to come.

Jul. 15, 2012, 10:28:24 am

Commish said...

All of the boys on the team played at least the required 60% of the season and are fine to play on the team. Most other leagues do not enforce this rule but SMLL does. That is a fact.

Jul. 16, 2012, 12:14:31 am

District 25 said...

Boys all of a sudden leave on vacation so other kids can step in and pitch, I mean play. That's genius work. It's ok we are not questioning the value. We all know how Santa Monica plays. Do it at all cost. IT'S NOT ABOUT THE KIDS

Jul. 17, 2012, 2:33:31 am

Commish said...

District 25: Maybe instead of hiding behind an anonymous ID you would actually engage in a real dialogue? You have no idea what the truth is and are just sniping from afar. As someone with accurate knowledge of the facts--I can honestly say you are wrong about everything. Sour grapes no doubt.

Jul. 18, 2012, 12:51:57 am

District 25 said...

CON-nissioner no hiding. bring out the books from the qualifying period of all the senior boys and will go from that point until then it's CON-nissioner. I know plenty of kids throughout SM and surrounding neighborhoods. You know kids talk.......no sour grapes on my end. Just wanna play fair.

Jul. 18, 2012, 3:00:04 am

Commish said...

We all know who you are anyway. Didn't hear you complain when you beat BH even though they clearly had guys on the roster that had not played the required games. SM went out of their way to make sure that all players and PARENTS knew what the requirements were to be eligible to play All Stars. Those requirements were enforced and approved by District 25. They do not need to be approved by you as a secondary judge. Good for you that you know Santa Monica kids and listen to their talk. Facts are that many of the BEST players on their team missed games due to other obligations. It happens to every team and is a drag when you cannot put your best team out there. Keep hiding and whining....it's doing you a ton of good and enhancing your reputation. All the players on the SMLL team are legit and no matter how much you don't like it--that fact will remain forever. Get over it or not.

Jul. 20, 2012, 12:32:31 am

District 25 said...

Until the books open it is CON-nish......from SMLL HA! Live with it and sleep with it. Your life!

Mar. 7, 2013, 9:26:32 am

Know it all. said...

North Venice sour grapes. How many players on that team have special waivers?

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