When St. Monica scored an impressive 11-2 victory over St. Bernard last Friday in a Del Rey League baseball game, there were many reasons to believe the Mariners can have a successful season.
Following up on its championship run the previous week at the Mary Star Cliff Classic, Coach Jack White’s team prevailed on an extremely windy day at Marine Park in Santa Monica, where St. Monica teams have played their home games for several years, extending a winning streak to five games.
The wind was blowing in but that didn’t bother the St. Monica hitters, who produced seven runs in the first two innings and four more in the sixth.
Vincent Valdez led off the first with a walk and came around to score. The Mariners then scored six runs in the second, with a double by Valdez bringing in two.
St. Bernard scored twice, but St. Monica put together a four-run sixth, highlighted by catcher Tayor Gelbrech’s three-run, inside-the-park home run, a drive that eluded the visitors’ right fielder.
Valdez is likely to be the Mariners’ most prominent running back next football season. Righthander Giuliano Lepe, who is expected to be the quarterback as a sophomore, displayed a live arm in five innings. Billy Thompson pitched the sixth and seventh.
“It was an unusually windy day and we made adjustments, such as not pulling the ball as much,’’ said White.
St. Bernard is a team without a senior and not the sternest test, but with similar efforts St.Monica could be a factor in the league race. Previously, St. Monica had a 9-5 league win at Bosco Tech and defeated Don Bosco
St. Monica was promoted from the Camino Real League to the Del Rey League this season. St. Paul has been the Del Rey’s best team in recent seasons, but three of the five teams will make the playoffs.
The St. Monica starting pitchers are Cassidy Morris, Valdez and Lepe.
Each team plays each league opponent three times. On Friday, St. Monica will be at St. Paul.