ST. MONICA — St. Monica’s boys’ soccer team has been quite successful in 2013.

The Mariners are a perfect 6-0 since the turn of the year, boosting their overall record to 7-4-1 and more importantly 4-0 in Camino Real League play.

St. Monica’s most recent victim was league foe Cantwell-Sacred Heart last Friday.

The Mariners move on to face Serra on the road on Wednesday. The league game begins at 5 p.m. in Gardena.

St. Monica’s next home game will be Friday against St. Paul at Airport Park. It begins at 3 p.m.

 

Skaggs named top lefty

 

Former Santa Monica High School standout Tyler Skaggs has been named the top left-handed pitching prospect by MLB.com.

Since being drafted 40th overall by the Los Angeles Angels in 2009 Skaggs has steadily risen through the minor leagues finally getting his shot last year with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

According to MLB.com, Skaggs, who started the Futures Game in 2011, has excellent command of all his pitches, which include a curveball, changeup and a quality fastball.

Skaggs’ penchant for the curve was already on display when he starred for Samohi.

Since being drafted, Skaggs has made a number of best prospect lists with this latest accolade topping them all.

He’s expected to begin the season in the big leagues this spring.

Skaggs posted a 1-3 record last year with the Diamondbacks in six starts. He registered 21 strikeouts in 29.1 innings with a 5.83 earned run average.

 

Samohi boys still on top

 

Samohi’s reign atop the CIF-Southern Section Division 1A poll will continue at least one more week, it was announced on Tuesday.

The No. 1 ranked Vikings are coming off a pair of Ocean League wins last week. They won a thriller against rival Beverly Hills on Wednesday at home and followed that with an easy win at Morningside on Friday.

This week, Samohi faces Hawthorne on the road on Wednesday and Compton on Saturday at Fairfax High School.

The Vikings are 15-4 overall and 4-0 in league.

 

 

daniela@smdp.com

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