January 20, 2021 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Dog Days Come Early for Samohi Vikings: Baseball: Santa Monica Loses 11th Game

It’s commonly known that baseball requires mental toughness and the Vikings’ mental strength is certainly being tested during this first half of the season. Facing a fundamentally sound and very talented Palos Verdes Kings, the Vikings were battered, this time, 16-1 to suffer their eleventh loss of the season.

It’s no longer just the losses that are so difficult for the Vikings to endure, but even more difficult are overcoming the mental affects of losing game after game that is just as much of a concern to the Coaching staff.

In the first inning today, the Kings immediately scored six runs against pitcher Danny Galvan, to get off to a six nothing lead. You could see the heads bowed in the field almost giving up before they even had a chance to bat.

“We told our team not to worry about the score. We knew that Palos Verdes was a very good team. But we wanted our guys to just go out there and play solid. Make plays and not make mental mistakes”, said Coach Sheldon Philip-Guide. “Unfortunately, after they scored more runs in the first inning than we’ve scored in any of our games. It seemed they just gave up.”

By the end of the third inning, the Vikings were being beaten so badly that they all but gave up. Trailing 10-1 their mental strength was quickly dissipating and it was reflected in their play with slow rollers going under the glove of sophomore Mason Landis, or pass balls rolling under the glove of a disheartened catcher and senior Mitchell Eby. And there were the many missed cut off throws that allowed the Kings’ runners to advance the extra base. The mistakes just kept compiling and the Vikings were unable to regain their mental strength.

“I’m hoping we can win at least one game in the coming week before we enter league play after the Spring break,” said a dejected Coach Philip-Guide. “We’re going to continue to work at it and keep striving to play that solid one game where we don’t beat ourselves. That’s what I’m looking for right now. For everyone to get on the same page with that one goal in mind, not to make errors in the field and to do the little things it takes to win. If we can do that we will win our share of games. We’ll get there.”

Coach Philip-Guide has not lost confidence in his team – now it’s up to each of the players to find the confidence they need to win in each other and in themselves.

Starting next week the Vikings will play in the Babe Herman Tournament at Casey Stengel Field. They play Crescenta Valley another tough competitor on Sat. 7 p.m. Followed by North and Oak Park at Samohi.

in Sports
Related Posts

Pali Riptide Baseball Club Tryouts

January 7, 2021

January 7, 2021

January 9th and 10th at Pali Rec Center The Pali Riptide Baseball Club is preparing for a spring season and...

Grand Jury Indicts Former Angel Employee in Tyler Skaggs’ Fatal Overdose

October 19, 2020

October 19, 2020

Fort Wayne grand jury indicts Eric Prescott Kay on drug distribution and drug conspiracy charges By Sam Catanzaro A federal...

Column: How to Play it Safe to Prevent Deadly Heat Exhaustion

August 24, 2020

August 24, 2020

By Shawn McCann  As the Southland region broils in a summer heatwave, the coronavirus pandemic has created additional concern for...

Former Angels Employee Charged in Tyler Skagg’s Fatal Fentanyl Overdose

August 7, 2020

August 7, 2020

Former Angels Communications Director Eric Prescott Kay faces up to 20 years in prison By Sam Catanzaro An ex-employee of...

LA Marathon to Exclude Santa Monica

July 24, 2020

July 24, 2020

Race organizers, citing “bigger footprint at the finish line”, choose Century City end point By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica has...

High School Sports Pushed Back Until Winter

July 21, 2020

July 21, 2020

All California high school sports will not begin until mid-December By Sam Catanzaro High school sports in Santa Monica and...

Video: Venice Skatepark Taken Back by Skaters

May 28, 2020

May 28, 2020

Defying officials, Venice Skate Park skaters recently took matters into their own hands after the City of Los Angeles filled...

Video: Westside MLB Brothers Give Back

May 18, 2020

May 18, 2020

Two Westside brothers, both professional baseball players, are giving back to local first responders COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more in this...

Edify TV: LA Marathon 2020

March 9, 2020

March 9, 2020

20,000 runners competed in the 2020 Los Angeles Marathon over the weekend that finished in Santa Monica. Get in on...

LA Marathon Still on Course Amid Coronavirus Concerns

March 4, 2020

March 4, 2020

Race activities to go on as planned, say organizers as LA County declares state of local emergency By Sam Catanzaro...

Edify TV: SAMOHI Girls Win Basketball Title

March 2, 2020

March 2, 2020

On Monday, the Santa Monica High School girls basketball team walked onto campus as CIF Southern Section Champions. Check out...

DocDrew’s Swish Issue 6, Volume 6

February 27, 2020

February 27, 2020

Welcome to the sixth issue of volume six of Swish, a weekly periodical with recaps and photos of Santa Monica...

DocDrew’s Swish Issue 5, Volume 6

February 22, 2020

February 22, 2020

Welcome to the fifth issue of volume six of Swish, a weekly periodical with recaps and photos of Santa Monica...

DocDrew’s Swish Issue 4, Volume 6

February 15, 2020

February 15, 2020

Welcome to the fourth issue of volume six of Swish, a weekly periodical with recaps and photos of Santa Monica...

DocDrew’s Swish Issue 3, Volume 6

January 30, 2020

January 30, 2020

Welcome to the third issue of volume six of Swish, a weekly periodical with recaps and photos of Santa Monica...