Varsity Season Ended By Rival Marin Catholic

5/23:  After knocking the Giants out of the MCAL Championship, the Marin Catholic Wildcats completed the ‘One-Two Punch’ and knocked Redwood out of the NCS Baseball Championship with a 5-1 victory in Kentfield.

All-League Honorable Mention pitchers Jack Harris and Michael Benz squared off on the mound with Harris atoning for his early season loss against the Giants, earning the complete game victory while Benz took the loss for Redwood.  Harris gave up just one run, scattering seven hits while striking out two.  Benz was lifted in the second inning for sophomore Kyle Felder who gave up just one run in four and two-thirds innings of work.

Redwood threatened in the top of the first after Josh Cohen and Nicolas Belgum both singled to set the table for the heart of the order with one out.  Cohen was erased at the plate on a grounder to third on a contact play and the inning ended on another ground out to third.  “The same dog that’s bitten us for two months, bit us again today.  We get runners on second base and we stop hitting, that’s been our problem for about two months.  It’s not a lack of hits or a lack of baserunners, we just can’t drive guys in, and that happens sometimes.” Head Coach Mike Firenzi said after the game.

MC scored in the bottom of the first on a balk with a runner on third, and the Giants answered with a run of their own in the top of the second after Aubrey Sine led off the inning with a single to right and later scored when sophomore Jack Morkin ‘bit that dog back’ and singled with a runner in scoring position.  The hot hitting Wildcats unleashed in the bottom of the second, scoring three runs on three hits.  Benz was lifted for Felder who induced a double play to shortstop Anthony Pomilia who tossed to second baseman Genki LeClair who fired a strike to first to end the inning with the Wildcats up 4-1.

MC scored another run in the bottom of the fifth, but as it turned out they would just need two runs to end the Giants season.

Josh Cohen, Nicolas Belgum, Anthony Pomilia, Aubrey Sine and Genki LeClair all had hits with Jack Morkin adding two to the Giants total.  The Giants ended the year with a 16-11 season record and a 12-6 MCAL record, ranking 9th in the NCS Division II Rankings.

Post Script:  MC lost to Casa Grande in the next round of the DII Championship.  Drake won the DIII Championship.  Monte Vista and Casa Grande both lost their DI and DII Championship games.  Of the six teams competing in the DI-DIII Championship games, the Giants played three teams and had a 3-1 record against them, beating Monte Vista and losing to Casa Grande in the pre-season while defeating Drake twice during conference play.  “We were a legitimate NCS Championship team when we were at full strength, I’m proud of our team and what we accomplished this year,” Firenzi said in conclusion of the year.

Redwood Freshmen secure outright MCAL title with 5-3 win over Drake

The win gives Redwood sole possession of the MCAL title as they finished with an 11-1 mark in league play and 19-4 overall.  The team finished the season on a 13 game winning streak.

The Giants got on the board first with two runs in the second. With two outs Jack Van Hooser hit an infield single and advanced to second on an error by the shortstop that allowed Aaron Kim to reach base.  Jackson Reed then drove the first pitch he saw for a double scoring both Van Hooser and Kim and giving Redwood the 2-0 lead.

In the fourth inning the Giants added to their lead.  With two down and the bases empty Jonathan Yu hit a first pitch line drive single to right.  Nick Welch then also singled on a first pitch offering and both runners advanced on the throw leaving Yu at third and Welch at second for Jake Gassman.  Gassman did not waste the opportunity as he took a 2-2 pitch to right for a two-run single making it 4-0 Redwood.

It would stay that way until Drake pushed a run across in the top of the fifth to make it 4-1.

Redwood got the run back in the sixth. Sander Leszczynski led off the inning and was hit by a pitch.  Ben Rafner followed and was also plunked putting runners at first and second.  Van Hooser then grounded into a fielder’s choice with Rafner erased at second but Leszczynski advancing to third.  Willie Sine was next and drove a pitch to center for a sacrifice fly to make it 5-1 Giants.

Drake would not go easily as they mounted a rally in the top of the seventh that led to two runs but that was the extent of the damage with Redwood holding on for the 5-3 win and the MCAL crown.

Jesse Gassman started and went six innings giving up just one run on three hits while striking out three. Matthew Smallbach came on in relief in the seventh and finished the game by inducing a groundout to second with two runners on and Redwood clinging to a two run lead.

Giants Earn NCS Bid-Five Players Earn MCAL All-League Honors – Here we honor 4 of them

5/21:  The Giants earned their third straight NCS bid today with the #9 seed in the DII NCS Championship Playoffs and will face off against Marin Catholic on Tuesday at 5pm at MC.  Redwood will likely face Jack Harris again who has a 1-1 record against the Giants, losing earlier in the year and winning in the MCAL Playoff game on Thursday night.

Redwood had five players who achieved All-League Honors

Captain Nicolas Belgum earned Second Team honors for the second year in a row.  In 2016 Belgum was a honoree as an outfielder and this year he earned the honor as an infielder, playing the majority of the season at first base and moving to second base later in the year.  Belgum boasted a .321 batting average and ranked eleventh in the league with ten RBI’s.  He tied for seventh in the league with twelve runs scored and was tenth in the league with a .448 on-base-percentage.

Anthony Pomilia also earned his second All-League award by earning Honorable Mention.  Despite a shortened season, Pomilia ended the year with a .375 batting average which ranked ninth in the league.  His twelve RBI’s ranked sixth in the MCAL.

Michael Benz earned Honorable Mention as a pitcher.  His 1.39 ERA ranked seventh in the league and his two wins ranked twelfth.  His thirty-seven strike-outs ranked sixth in the MCAL.  He also had a 1.000 fielding percentage.

Trevor Foehr also earned Honorable Mention.  Foehr played in the outfield, as a catcher and a pitcher placing him in the ‘Utility’ category.  Foehr’s .385 batting average ranked seventh in the league and second on the team.  He also boasted a .979 fielding percentage.

A junior player was named to MCAL First Team All League (the lone Redwood player to do so) for statistics better than above, many of which led Redwood Varsity in 2017, but the parents that are in charge of this biased blog prefer not talk about him (the lone latino? we hope that isn’t why), which says a lot about how useful this is to anyone but friends and family of the players who have families of influence currently at Redwood..

Giants Fall to MC

5/18:  The Giants fell to the Marin Catholic Wildcats in the second round of the MCAL playoffs tonight at Albert Park.  Marin Catholic moves on the face round-robin champion Drake on Friday night.  The Giants will wait until the completion of the NCS seeding meeting to see if their season will continue or end with this bitter loss.

Blake Cusick took the mound for the Giants and held the Wildcats scoreless through three innings but after a base hit and a walk, he was relieved by Michael Benz.  Benz induced a pop-out to Nicolas Belgum to record the first out of the inning.  Marin Catholic advanced both runners into scoring position on a passed ball.  With the infield drawn in, MC’s pinch-hitter roped a hard grounder to the right side that got through scoring the runner from third.  Another run scored on the same play when the batter attempted to advance to second and the relay man sent the ball into centerfield, putting the Wildcats up 2-0.  Benz struck out the next batter and the inning ended on a fly out to Belgum.

MC starting pitcher, Jack Harris, and Benz would both face the minimum batters for the next three innings with Harris striking out a total of seven while giving up just four hits in his complete game shut-out of the Giants.

Dane Goodman and Trevor Foehr had hits for Redwood and Anthony Pomilia accounted for half of the Giants hits, banging out two hits under the lights.   Marin Catholic recorded five hits and had no errors, Redwood had two errors.

“We got beat tonight but the season but I don’t think the season is over”, Head Coach Mike Firenzi said after the game.  “We’ll see what the NCS Seeding Committee says, we beat Drake twice and beat Monte Vista, we should get a seed and play next week.”

Giants Roll into Second Round of MCAL Championship

5/16:  The Redwood Giants punched their ticket into the second round of the MCAL playoffs by beating the San Rafael Bulldogs 5-1 at Moody Field today.  Redwood donned their home white uniforms with red sleeves and hats, a look that Head Coach Mike Firenzi has reserved only for the post season.  Ironically, it is the same look that the 1977 team sported for their home games during their run to the mythical National Championship forty years ago.

Sophomore Kyle Felder got the start and held the Bulldogs scoreless through four innings, giving up just three hits while striking out three and walking none.  Trevor Foehr pitched two innings, giving up an earned run on two hits and a strike out.  Zack Tonnerre pitched the final inning, sending the Bulldogs down in order to secure the victory for the Giants.

After eight pitches in the bottom of the first inning, Dane Goodman and Josh Cohen both reached base on back-to-back walks.  Nicolas Belgum sent them both into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt.  Anthony Pomilia was intentionally walked to load the bases and face Aubrey Sine with one out.  Sine blazed an 0-2 fastball into the hole between short and third for a single to put the Giants up 1-0, answering the intentional walk with his bat.

After a quiet second inning and top of the third, Josh Cohen led off the bottom of the inning with a drag bunt single and stole second.  Nicolas Belgum dropped another bunt down the third baseline for a hit, advancing Cohen to third.  Belgum stole second and after a strike out, Aubrey Sine plated Cohen for his second RBI of the game on a ground out to short to put the Giants up 2-0 after three innings.

Felder’s first pitch of the top of the fourth was sent high into the sky towards the middle of the diamond.  Michael Benz called off his pitcher and caught the fly in at the mound.  Felder then sent down the next two batters he faced on strike-outs, closing out his day with fifty pitches and setting himself up for the win, while making him eligible to pitch on Friday.  Sophomore Jack Morken singled to lead off the bottom of the inning and was lifted for the speedy Drew Jacks.  After a strike out, Michael Benz walked after fouling off a 3-2 pitch and was lifted for Riley Marsh.  Marsh drew a pick-off attempt at first and the ball sailed over the first baseman’s head, plating Jacks from second and sending Marsh to third.  Dane Goodman sent Marsh home on a grounder to short, putting the Giants up 4-0.  Josh Cohen then wore a 2-1 curveball and stole second.  With two outs, Nicolas Belgum reached on an error, scoring Cohen on the errant throw to put the Giants up 5-0 going into the top of the fifth.

Trevor Foehr came in and gave up a run to the Bulldogs in the fifth, but shut them down in the top of the sixth.  Mackie Skall doubled to lead off the bottom of the sixth and was lifted for Genki LeClair.  LeClair would be left standing on third with Cohen on first (after he walked) after Nicolas Belgum tested the Bulldogs centerfielder on a bomb that was caught over his shoulder in a full sprint as he was approaching the wall.

Zack Tonnerre closed out the game by striking out the side in the top of the seventh.  The Giants fans cheered as their team hustled off of the field and filed into the post-game handshake line at home plate.  There was no on-field celebration as this group of young men appears to be on a mission with today’s win getting them one step closer to their penultimate goal of winning their third MCAL Championship a feat they will have to accomplish ‘the hard way’ by sweeping the play-offs from the play-in game.

Kyle Felder earned his first Varsity win.  Dane Goodman scored and knocked in a run.  Josh Cohen had a hit and scored twice for the Giants.  Nicolas Belgum, Jack Morken and Mackie Skall also had hits with Aubrey Sine adding a hit and two RBI’s to the fray.

Redwood will square off with Marin Catholic on Thursday night at 7pm at Albert Park with hopes of redeeming theirselves after their tough home loss to the Wildcats on  May 5.  The Wildcats are riding a six game winning streak, posting twelve-plus hits in each of their wins during this run.

On the other side of the draw, San Marin upset Tam today and will face Drake on Wednesday with the winner set to battle the victor of the Redwood-MC game for the championship.  The Championship is set for Friday night.

Varsity Regular Season Ends On High Note

5/11:  The Varsity Giants closed out their regular season schedule with a win today and are on a two-game winning streak.  Redwood needed the win to secure third place in the MCAL and did so in commanding fashion, beating Branson at College of Marin 6-3.

Blake Cusick earned his third win of the year and dropped his MCAL ERA to .78 which ranks third among pitchers in the MCAL, after giving up just one earned run in six innings.  Cusick gave up just five hits, struck out five and only walked one.  Sophomore Kyle Felder closed out the game, pitching a scoreless seventh inning.  Felder was the workhorse on the JV League Champion team, and led the team with twelve appearances while boasting a .70 ERA.  Remarkably, in forty-nine innings of work, Felder struck out fifty-seven and walked just five.

The Giants still managed to commit a couple of errors in the field and both of the miscues resulted in runs for the Bulldogs.  The Giants offense would do enough to compensate for the blunders, scoring two runs in the second, adding another in the third and fifth innings and posted two more in the sixth for the six run total.

Anthony Pomilia, Gregory Block, and Josh Katz had hits for the Giants with Luke Zlatunich, and Josh Cohen each had two hits.  Jack Morkin, another Sophomore call-up added two hits himself to the Giants total.  In his first Varsity at-bat, Morkin smoked a grounder to right, for his first hit of his Varsity career and scored later in the inning.  Jack hit .350 for the Junior Varsity Giants, with four doubles and four triples.  Morkin singled up the middle in his second at-bat, knocking in Luke Zlatunich for his first Varsity RBI.  Pomilia and Block also had RBI’s with Josh Katz knocking in two runs for the Giants.

The Giants will need to win three straight in order to win their third MCAL Championship in a row.  The journey begins on Tuesday when they will host the San Rafael Bulldogs at Moody Field at 4:30.  The Bulldogs handed the Giants a tough loss under the lights in a game that was won in the bottom of the seventh on a walk-off error.

A Giants loss would end their consecutive MCAL Championship streak and the Giants will fight for a bid into the NCS Tournament.  If the Giants win, they will play in a rematch battle with Marin Catholic under the lights at Albert Park on Thursday.  Marin Catholic earned the #2 seed and the first round bye.  Tam hosts San Marin on the other side of the draw on Tuesday with the winner facing the #1 seed, Drake, on Wednesday.  The recently installed pitch count limits will be a huge factor for every team who has earned a bid into the MCAL Championship Playoffs.

Giants Win in Nine Inning Battle Against Drake

5/09:  After losing two of their three games last week and plummeting to fourth place, the Giants were victorious today against the 2017 Round-Robin MCAL Champion-Drake Pirates.  After a rain-shortened victory earlier in the year, many felt that a true victor wasn’t decided in their first match-up as the game ended in the top of the seventh with the bases juiced for Drake, with no outs and the Pirates down by a run.  Today, chances of rain were 0%, with the sun shining and barely a breeze blew while the crowd was entertained by a cleverly engineered playlist, before the first pitch and between innings, that included just about every ‘rain’ song ever recorded from “Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head” to “Purple Rain”.

Today Drake and Redwood would more than make up for the lost inning from the game before, as it took nine innings to determine a winner.  Michael Benz earned the win, throwing 101 pitches in eight innings of work, giving up a run while walking none and striking out five.  “It was a phenomenally well-pitched game when we needed it”‘ Head Coach Mike Firenzi said after the game.

Despite committing two errors in the field, the Giants defense came through, making plays when they needed to, and making big plays when they had to.  Benz’s second pitch of his outing resulted in a line drive down the third base line.  Luke Zlatunich leaped and snagged the liner for the first out of the inning.  Benz also kept Anthony Pomilia busy at short, as Pomilia had seven chances resulting in six assists in the field.  Benz, himself, made a diving play on a fisted slow roller that was hit to ‘no-man’s-land’ to his right, he bounced up and fired a strike to Nicolas Belgum at first for an out.  Josh Cohen made the ‘Play of the Day’ in left field on a rope down the line.  Cohen, in a full sprint, dove and snatched a certain triple for an out.

Genki LeClair walked to start the game and set the table for the Giants.  After a quick double-play, Nicolas Belgum was hit by a 2-1 curveball and advanced to second on a passed ball.  Anthony Pomilia plated Belgum on a single to right putting the Giants up 1-0, a lead they would hold until the third inning.  Drake scored on a shallow sacrifice fly to right.  Drake aggressively tagged from third and the throw beat the runner by ten steps but short-hopped catcher Mackie Skall and they knotted the game after the ball bounded off of his chest.

Drake starter Owen Hamilton was relieved by Nick Roth in the third.  With the score 1-1, Roth and Benz battled for the next six innings, working out of some tough spots, with Roth tallying strike outs by offsetting his plus fastball with nasty curveballs, a pitch he threw confidently throughout the game and on 3-2 counts.  Roth ended the game with eight strike outs.

In the top of the ninth, Redwood dampened the Pirates chances of winning as the Giants scored two runs against the current reigning MCAL Champions.  Gregory Block lead off the inning with a single up the middle.  Mackie Skall advanced Block and reached base on a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher that was thrown away.  Josh Cohen was intentionally walked to load the bases and put the force at the plate in order.  After a strike-out, Trevor Foehr sent Block home earning the game-winning RBI by wearing a 1-1 fastball, putting the Giants up 2-1 with one out.  Anthony Pomilia took an outside fastball for ball four, plating Cohen, giving the Giants an insurance run.

With the Giants up 3-1, Trevor Foehr came in and closed out the game while keeping the tradition alive of working his shortstop as Pomilia was responsible for two of the outs in the inning, including the final out of the game.

The Giants out-hit Drake, tallying eleven hits to Drake’s six.  Genki LeClair, Trevor Foehr, Nicolas Belgum and Gregory Block all had hits, with Aubrey Sine adding a double and Mackie Skall banging two doubles for Redwood.  Anthony Pomilia had three hits and was responsible for plating two runs, tallying two RBI’s.  Again, Benz earned the win with Foehr earning the save.

The Giants close out the regular season on the road at College of Marin against Branson on Thursday.  With a 5-12 record Branson will be playing the spoiler role as they are out of the MCAL playoffs but could send the Giants into a tie with San Marin.

The playoff seeding will not be settled until after games are concluded on Thursday.  Drake has earned the #1 seed, but the #2 will be determined as MC squares off against Tam with both teams sharing a 12-5 record.  If Redwood wins, they will share a tie with MC or Tam and the MCAL tie-breaker will determine the #3 seed.  The following determines the #3 seed according to the MCAL Tie-Break rules:  For all spots except for the last spot: 1. Head to head competition (Winning percentage) 2. Record above the tie (Winning percentage) 3. If a tie still exists between any two places. …use numbers drawn for place*

Odds are that the record above the tie will determine the #3 seed and considering Redwood is 2-0 against Drake and split (1-1) with MC and Tam, a .750 winning percentage will be hard to beat.  But no matter, they will need to win three games next week to win their third MCAL Championship in a row.

Redwood Frosh clinch MCAL title with 4-1 win at Marin Catholic

In a game that would decide the MCAL Freshman championship Redwood came away with a hard fought 4-1 win at rival Marin Catholic on a postcard perfect day.  Each team came into the contest with only a single MCAL loss but Redwood would hand MC their second MCAL loss, both at the hands of the Giants.

Redwood pitchers give up an uncharacteristic ten walks in the game and so a team effort was required to secure the win and that is just what the Giants delivered. Crisp defense was key as Redwood played error free baseball and made every play they needed to make to keep MC at bay.

Redwood would score in the first inning as they have done in ten of the thirteen MCAL games this year.  With one down, Jesse Gassman singled to left bringing up Jonathan Yu.  With the count 0-2, Yu drove a single to center with Gassman advancing to third.  Then with two outs, Gassman alertly broke for the plate on a wild pitch just beating the throw to the plate.  MC would come back in their half of the first and tie the score at 1-1.

The score stayed 1-1 until the top of the third when Matt Birchenough led off with a sharp groundball single to left.  He would then advance to second on a balk by the MC pitcher.  Jesse Gassman then grounded out but Birchenough advanced to third on the play which would prove key as the next hitter, Jonathan Yu hit a fly ball which was caught in medium deep right field.  Birchenough tagged up and headed for home just sliding under the tag after a strong throw from right that was on target.  2-1 Redwood.

In the top of the fourth the Giants were looking to add to their lead.  With one away, Alex Hagen hit a first pitch line drive single to the gap in left center.  Jack Van Hooser then executed on a hit and run by driving the ball behind the runner and though he was out on the play, Hagen ended up at third.  Jackson Reed was up next and with a count of 3-1 he delivered a clutch line drive single to left scoring Hagen.  Lucas Roy then took the first pitch he saw to the gap in left center for a solid double with Reed scoring all the way from first and giving Redwood a 4-1 lead.

Meanwhile the Redwood pitchers were doing their part to keep MC off the scoreboard.  Nick Welch started and went the first two innings striking out two. Jesse Gassman came in and went four innings striking out three.

But then in the bottom of the seventh Gassman walked the first batter and Birchenough came on.  Birchenough struck out the first batter he faced but walked the next two. So now the bases were loaded with one out and Redwood up by three.  Matthew Smallbach got the call and came into the game to face the heart of the order for MC.  Smallbach would prove up to the task in a big way as he got the number three hitter on a popup to shortstop and then retired the clean up hitter on a first pitch soft grounder to first for the ballgame and the save.

Pitching has led the way in many of the Redwood wins this year and even with the ten walks it was solid again as the four pitchers combined held a strong MC team to just one run on three hits.  But it must have given the staff confidence to know the defense behind them was more than up to the task. The timely hitting also provided a big boost as six of Redwood’s seven hits were key to scoring runs.

The win brings Redwood’s overall record to 18-4 including the last 12 in a row.  The team has not lost since March 27th.  The Giants MCAL mark is now 12-1 with one game remaining.  The combined scores in MCAL are Redwood 102 and Opponents 11. Drake visits Redwood next Wednesday (3/10) and that will be your last chance to watch this team that seems to be reaching another peak with each game.

JV Sweep, Clinch MCAL Championship!

The Giants played three games in five days, travelled to Napa, and came home to face cross-town rival, Marin Catholic, to secure the 2017 MCAL Pennant for Redwood High School by beating Tamalpais, Justin-Siena and MC.

In Napa, the boys rolled on offense, combining for twelve hits, scoring ten runs in a 10-4 victory. Offensively, Jack Morken hit two triples and a double, scored three runs and knocked in two RBI’s for the Giants. Jake Nordstrom had two hits, two RBI’s and a run. Sam Warren had two hits and two RBI’s. Ryan Jessen contributed two hits and an RBI. Nate Charles, Nick Cook and Cole Zesiger added to the hit parade with one hit each. Defensively, against the Padres, Redwood’s infield was the real deal, preventing runs with outstanding play from Robbie Wilson, Zack Gordon, Haiden Jones, Nick Cook and Ryan Jessen. Maxim Kawashima, Jackson Bender and Jeremy Sellier pitched for the Giants, giving up just six hits. But the victory in Napa was just the second to last stop before the boys could secure the MCAL Championship. They had to face Marin Catholic on their home turf.

Friday night, Cinco De Mayo, Redwood squared off against the Wildcats for what essentially was the league championship. The Big Game is always tense, and this contest would not disappoint the large crowd. In the first, Jacob Klionsky singled to center. Jake Nordstrom would reach first base on catcher’s interference. Sam Warren connected with a single to left, loading the bases. Jack Morken drove the ball to third base, giving the defender the choice, and preventing the run. Jack Hake then stepped up and drove the ball to left, scoring Nordstrom and Warren (2-0, Redwood). With Morken at second, Nick Cook drove the ball to center, advancing Morken to third and Hake to second. Next, centerfielder, Jarod Robinow, laid down a bunt, scoring Morken from third to end the inning (3-0, Redwood).

MC would respond. A nice double play from Gordon to Cook to Morken gave the Giants some confidence. A three-run homerun took it away, notching the contest at three a-piece.

With the game tied, head coach, Billy Jack Ryan, made his move and handed the ball to sophomore Ace-Kyle Felder. In the end, that is all it would take. Felder was brilliant, going 6.2 innings, striking out 12 batters, conceding only three hits and one run. Felder helped his cause with two hits of his own. The Giants backed him up in the third inning, scoring three runs off hits from Jack Morken, Jarod Robinow and Robbie Wilson-who drove in two runs with a single to center (6-3, Redwood, after three).

MC picked up a run in the fifth inning, keeping the contest close at 6-4 with two innings to play. Nonetheless, Felder would clamp down on his opponents, keeping the boys in blue off the board. The Giants speedy center fielder, Jarod Robinow, would pad Redwood’s lead in the seventh by stealing home. With a three run lead, coach Ryan left the ball in Felder’s dominant hand, striking out the final batter looking. Final Score: 7-4, Giants.

With a current 2017 season record of 20 and 2, Redwood has earned and proven that they are the team to beat in the Bay Area, if not the State. With wins over Serra, Bishop O’Dowd, Casa Grande and Marin Catholic (twice), they are the very best at the JV level. The Giants conclude their season next Tuesday, May 9th, versus Drake High School. It is with great pleasure and satisfaction that I sign off giving you the scoop on 2017’s MCAL Baseball Champions-The Giants!

Here’s a link to all of the pictures:  http://www.jordanwarren.photography/p191648203

Redwood Alumni Represent Across the Nation

Four recent Redwood graduates are making their mark across the Nation and are representing their school, their community and the Redwood Baseball Family in a positive way.

Tyler Peck graduated in 2015 and was the ace of the staff and earned Redwood’s NCS victory against Livermore.  Peck led the league in victories that year with thirteen, had a no hitter and was  #3 in the league in strike-outs. He was SF Chronicle North Bay Player of Year, was First team All-State in Cal High Sports and First Team MCAL.  Peck now pitches at Chapman College and as a Sophomore, has started nine games, with fourteen appearances, with two wins and a loss.  In forty-two innings of work, Peck has struck out thirty-six

Adam HussainAdam Hussain graduated in 2015 and had the game winning hit in the NCS victory against Livermore but might be most remembered for the game saving, diving catch he made in that game. Adam is now playing his freshman year at College of Marin, after red-shirting last year.  Hussain has played in 29 games and boasts a .308 average with three homers.   He also has a 1.000 fielding percentage on 36 chances in the field.

Zach Cohen Zach Cohen graduated in 2016 and was a four-year varsity player at Redwood.  In his career at Redwood, Zach earned two MCAL titles and an NCS title.  Zach was also a MCAL All-Leaguer.  Zach now pitches at New York University and as a freshman, has appeared in twelve games with two starts.  He has a 2-1 record with nine punch-outs and a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.

 

Zachary KopsteinZack Kopstein graduated in 2016 and earned two MCAL titles and an NCS title at Redwood.  In 2016, Kopstein ranked #1 in the MCAL with nine wins and #4 in the league in strike-outs and was the MCAL Pitcher of the Year.  As of 4/28/17, Kopstein ranks #5 nationally among NCAA D3 pitchers in WHIP (.81).  Zack’s ERA is 1.91 and is 2-0 on the mound over 28.1 innings along with 2 saves.  He also boasts a 1.000 fielding percentage.