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Samohi’s McGrew Named First Team All-CIF:

Joe McGrew, a left-handed pitcher who advanced from the Santa Monica High junior varsity to the varsity this season, has been named co-outstanding player in the Ocean League and first team all-CIF.

McGrew, a 6-foot-3 junior, made the most of his opportunity and compiled a 9-3 record after senior Chris Fiala suffered an arm injury. McGrew allowed less than one run per game, compiling a .955 earned run average.

Pitcher Jeremy Burrell of league champion Culver City was named the Ocean League’s most valuable player. The co-most outstanding honor was shared by McGrew and McCarrin Tucker of Culver City.

Rick Prieto of Culver City is the league’s coach of the year.

Santa Monica had three other first team all-league choices, shortstop David Castellanos, centerfielder Dylan Early and first baseman Diego Valdez. Like McGrew, all are juniors who are expected to form the nucleus of Coach Kevin Brockway’s team next season.

Castellanos was Samohi’s leading hitter (.455) and Early led in RBI with 26.

The Vikings, who were league champions a year ago, finished second in 2006 to Culver City.

Four other Vikings were named to the all-Ocean League second team. They were outfielders Milan De Pillars, Brian Eyhler and Devon Ramirez and second baseman Kevin Gonzalez.

Samohi had a record of 18-11-1. 

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