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Sports, Los Angeles, Baseball, Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers Trade Matt Kemp To San Diego Padres In Five-Player Trade

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 8:57 am

The Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday dealt two-time All-Star outfielder Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres in a five-player trade.

Sports, Los Angeles, Baseball, Dodgers

Dodgers Trading Outfielder Matt Kemp To San Diego Padres

Posted Dec. 11, 2014, 8:30 am

The Los Angeles Dodgers are trading outfielder Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres, it was reported today.

Sports, Baseball, Santa Moncia

Three-Day Food Drive To Begin At Angel Stadium

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:09 am

A three-day food drive will begin today at Angel Stadium, where fans will have the chance to hit, pitch and catch balls and visit the Angels clubhouse in exchange for donations of food or money for the poor.

The 16U Santa Monica Patriots (pictured left to right, bottom row first): Vanessa Temblador, Ana Vargas, Nicole Valdez, Jamie Dunn, Hali Norris, Haley Beaven, Nicole Farhadian, Sarah Dunn, Sara McMorrow, Paulette Ely, Amanda Gonzalez, Coach Paul Farhadian and Coach Antonio Temblador Jr.  Not pictured: Jordan Docter, Annika Pearson and Coach Katie Griffith.

Sports, Baseball, Santa Monica

Santa Monica U16 Patriots To Be Honored At L.A. Dodgers Game Tonight

Posted Sep. 6, 2014, 9:03 am

The Santa Monica U16 Patriots will be among five Southern California youth baseball and softball teams honored tonight at the Los Angeles Dodgers-Arizona Diamondbacks game at Dodger Stadium as part of "Champions Night."

News, Sports, Baseball, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Dodgers

Dodgers To Honor Pacific Palisades Resident As Veteran Of The Game Tonight

Posted Aug. 15, 2014, 8:53 am

The Los Angeles Dodgers will conduct their sixth annual "Star Wars" Night tonight as they begin a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium.

The Santa Monica Pony 12U baseball team has advanced to the Pony Bronco World Series tonight.

Sports, Baseball, Santa Monica

Santa Monica 12U Pony All Stars Head Begin Pony World Series Campaign Tonight

Posted Aug. 1, 2014, 9:04 am

Summer for many 12-year-old boys is filled with baseball and dreams of a World Series run. The dream is no different for the Santa Monica 12U Pony All Stars.

Sports, Baseball, Santa Monica, Dodgers

Dodgers To Celebrate Jewish Community Day At Today's Game

Posted Jun. 29, 2014, 9:15 am

The Los Angeles Dodgers will conduct their 15th annual Jewish Community Day today, including selling kosher dogs, jalapeno kosher dogs and Italian beef sausages in the field reserve section.

Parks and Recreation chairman Phil Brock honors the SMLL Major Dodgers.

Sports, Baseball, Santa Monica

2014 SMLL Major Dodgers Honored At Santa Monica City Hall

Posted Jun. 22, 2014, 9:14 am

The 2014 Santa Monica Little League Major Dodgers were honored on Thursday at City Hall after winning the city championship.

Santa Monica High pitcher Alex Gironda pitches a no-hitter against West Covina in the Vikings' 5-0 CIF Southern Section Division III first round playoff game.

News, Sports, Samohi, Baseball, Santa Monica, Cif, Playoffs

Samohi's Alex Gironda Hurls Playoff No-Hitter

Posted May. 24, 2014, 5:29 am

Alex Gironda finally has his no-hitter. Behind the senior pitcher's 86-pitch, eight-strikeout, no-hit performance, the Santa Monica High School Vikings defeated the West Covina High School Bulldogs in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs 5-0, Friday afternoon.

Freshman Zoe Darmon is doing big things at Crossroads this spring.

Sports, Crossroads, Baseball, Santa Monica, Track And Field

Crossroads Sports Teams Earn CIF Academic Awards

Posted Apr. 16, 2014, 9:28 pm

There are not too many schools that can balance a top-notch sports program with outstanding performances in the classroom as well. Crossroads has managed to do both exceptionally well. Crossroads placed three teams in first place in the CIF Southern Section-Ford Academic Awards, another five sports in second place, two sports in the third spot and two more in fourth. The Roadrunners had other sports place in the top ten.

Crossroads pitcher Lawrence (LJ) Gilliam doing his thing on the mound.

Sports, Crossroads, Baseball, Santa Monica

Crossroads Baseball Get Back on Track

Posted Apr. 10, 2014, 4:55 am

After a couple of close losses, Crossroads baseball team got back in the win column Tuesday with a 3-2 win against Viewpoint. Crossroads took the lead in the in the bottom of the first inning, jumping out to a 1-0 lead.

Sports, Baseball, Little League, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Little League Reschedules Rosti Home Run Derby For March 15

Posted Mar. 6, 2014, 9:04 am

Santa Monica Little League has rescheduled its opening day for baseball to next Saturday, March 15. It was previously scheduled for March 1 but was canceled due to rain.

Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan and MLB Commissioner Bud Selig (right) at the Pro Baseball Scouts Foundation's 11th Annual 'In the Spirit of the Game' gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel on Jan. 18.

Sports, Baseball, Joe Morgan, Hank Aaron, Bud Selig

Hank Aaron, Al Downing Reunited At Baseball Gala

Posted Jan. 29, 2014, 7:33 am

Al Downing will be tied to the hip with Hank Aaron for the rest of his life. The former Los Angeles Dodger flamethrower’s legacy will last a lot longer than that given the fact he served up the historic home run to Hank Aaron to surpass Babe Ruth as the all-time home run king back in 1974.

Former Crossroads basketball star Baron Davis (first row, bottom right) went on to play in NBA.

Sports, Crossroads, Softball, Baseball, Basketball, Santa Monica, Track And Field, Baron Davis, Paul Cummins, Jen Anderson, Jamila Banks

Crossroads School Names 2014 Athletics Hall Of Fame Class

Posted Dec. 23, 2013, 7:01 am

Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences has announced the inaugural honorees into its newly created Athletics Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was created to maintain the rich heritage and tradition of successful athletics at Crossroads.

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier displays a high flying Dodgers flag at the roller coaster's peak, 55 feet above the Pacific Ocean.

News, Sports, Baseball, Santa Monica

Santa Monica's Pacific Park Flying Dodgers Flag Above Roller Coaster For Playoffs

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.

Dodgers legend Billy Ashley on Wednesday with several of the club members.

News, Baseball, Santa Monica, Boys And Girls Club, Youth

Santa Monica Boys & Girls Clubs Members Play Ball At Dodger Stadium

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.

Baseball, Santa Monica, Boys And Girls Club

Boys & Girls Clubs Of Santa Monica Members Attend Clinic At Dodger Stadium

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.

Samohi pitcher Conner Greene winds up to throw the ball in the third inning in the first game against Woodrow Wilson on March 12, 2013.

Sports, Samohi, Baseball, Santa Monica

Samohi Pitcher Conner Greene Signs With Toronto Blue Jays

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.”

Santa Monica High School's Conner Greene pitches a ball as a junior during the 2012 baseball season gaining notoriety as a blue chip pitcher.  Greene led the Vikings to a 10-0 Ocean League record during the 2013 baseball season.

Sports, Samohi, Baseball, Santa Monica

Samohi Star Pitcher Connor Greene Eagerly Awaits MLB Amateur Draft

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.

The Pirates dog pile on pitcher Grant Smith (center) after winning the Santa Monica Littlte League crown against the Orioles 9-5 Saturday afternoon at Memorial Park.  Smith was instrumental in the Pirates win over the Orioles.

Sports, Baseball, Santa Monica, Club Teams

Pirates Defeat Orioles In Santa Monica Little League Championship 9-4

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.

New Roads lefty pitcher Christian Vibiano lets off a pitch against Temecula Prep at home Tuesday afternoon.

Sports, Baseball, Santa Monica, New Roads

New Roads Shrugs Off Playoff Loss, Looks Back To Winning Season

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.

Samohi pitcher Alex Gironda throws a curve ball against Knight in the first round of the CIF Playoffs Thursday afternoon.

Sports, Samohi, Baseball, Santa Monica

Samohi Stumbles In First Round Playoff Loss Against Knight

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.”

New Roads pitcher Christian Vibbiano slides home to score the games first run after hitting an inside the park home run against Coastal Christian Tuesday afternoon.

Sports, Baseball, Santa Monica, New Roads

New Roads Baseball Treads Over Coastal Christian 21-5 In First Round Of CIF Playoffs

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.

Samohi's Alex Turner sees his chance to steal third base during the second inning against Culver City at home Thursday afternoon.

Sports, Samohi, Baseball, Santa Monica, Culver City

Samohi Holds Off Furious Culver City Rally To Win Ocean League Title

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.

Samohi's Mason Landis celebrates after scoring a run in the fourth inning against the Beverly Hills Normans at home Tuesday afternoon.

Sports, Samohi, Baseball, Santa Monica

Samohi Stays Hot, Cruises Past Beverly Hills 6-1

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.”

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