Baseball Champions

soliAfter clinching its third consecutive league championship on May 2, the St. Monica Crusaders baseball team won its first round of playoffs, advancing farther than ever before! The game took place at La Salle High School on May 16, 2013 against Marywood Palm Valley (from Rancho Mirage). Although Marywood gained an early lead of 2-0, St. Monica battled back to tie the game at 2-2 and send it into extra innings. In the bottom of the eighth inning, senior Soli Ghandhi ripped a single past the shortstop to clinch a sudden death victory of 3-2. Senior Peter Zwart pitched an excellent game, and sophomore catcher Andy Lessard threw out a runner stealing third.

Although the Crusaders finished the season by losing a close game in the second round of playoffs to Nuview Bridge in Nuevo on May 21, their 2013 season was the best in the history of St. Monica’s developing baseball program.

pjFor photos from throughout the season, go to and click on the album “Boys Varsity Baseball.” A video of season highlights is also online at