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Both Samohi Teams To Open Playoffs At Home:

After going undefeated in 10 Ocean League games the Santa Monica High baseball and softball teams will open the CIF playoffs at home.

The baseball team will host Magnolia, the third place team from the Orange League, Thursday at 3 p.m. The winner will play Lompoc or Victor Valley Tuesday.

The softball team will be home Friday at 3 against Santa Paula, the third place team from the Frontier League. The winner will play Millikan or Quartz Hill in the second round.

The pairings were announced Monday afternoon. Also qualifying from the Westside in baseball were St. Monica and New Roads.

St. Monica, which finished third in the Del Rey League, was selected to participate in Division 5’s only wild card game. The Mariners opposed Cantwell Tuesday at Marine Park. The winner was scheduled for a game at powerful St. Bonaventure Friday.

“If we play to our capabilities we can do well,’’ said Coach Jack White. “But we’re a young team and I don’t know what to expect.’’

St. Monica was 6-6 in the Del Rey League and 12-11 overall.

New Roads competed in Division 7 and finished second in the Harbor League to earn a CIF first round meeting with Pioneer Baptist, the first place team from the Express League.

In softball, St. Monica entered the playoffs as the third place team from the Del Rey League with a 4-4 record and was selected for a first round game Friday in Division 4 at Alemany, the first place team from the Mission league.

New Roads was the Harbor League softball champion and will play Friday against Avalon, the third place team from the Liberty League.

The final week of the regular season was inspiring for Santa Monica’s teams. For the baseball squad there was an 8-6 victory over second place Hawthorne, followed by an 18-1 win over the same team.

A week earlier it was a three-way race for first place. But Santa Monica passed every test and finished 10-0 in the Ocean League, with Hawthorne and Culver City tying for second place at 7-3.

Samohi senior catcher Cody Decker hit two more home runs, increasing his season total to 10. That’s only one short of the CIF leaders.

One reason for Samohi to be optimistic about the playoffs is the presence of two quality starting pitchers. Mike Walsh and Chris Fiala have done well all season.

The Samohi softball team also defeated Hawthorne twice in the final week of the regular season to finish 10-0 in the Ocean League. Culver City was 8-2 and third place Beverly Hills 5-5.

In the Alpha League the Crossroads School softball team finished 4-4 to tie for second place.

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