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SAMOHI — A technicality has given Santa Monica baseball a new lease on life.

Despite losing 7-2 to Peninsula on Tuesday in the second round of the playoffs, an appeal to the CIF-Southern Section has been granted because Peninsula apparently threw live batting practice before the game, a violation of the rules.

Samohi protested after the game and CIF officials obliged.

“Teams entered in the baseball playoffs will not be permitted to take batting practice on the day of a playoff game prior to the commencement of the contest,” stated a release from the CIF-SS.

The ruling gives Samohi a home game on Friday against Paloma Valley in the third round of the CIF-SS playoffs.

The final of the division playoffs will be played at Dodger Stadium on June 6.

“We caught them cheating and that’s that,” said Samohi assistant coach Tony Todd.

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