Varsity Rolls Terra Linda in MCAL Opener

3/10: Senior ace Nick Welch got it done on the mound and at the plate in Redwood’s MCAL opener, leading the Giants to a 9-0 victory over Terra Linda. Welch breezed through five innings, striking out nine Trojans while yielding only two hits and no walks. Welch pounded the zone all day, throwing 48 strikes in his 62 pitches on the afternoon. In his spare time on offense, Welch also banged out three line drive singles.

The Giants got on the board in the bottom of the first when Ben Cohen reached on a two-out error from the Trojans. After a Cohen steal of second and a subsequent walk to Alex Hagen, Welch delivered his first base hit to score Cohen.

The game stayed 1-0 through three innings, but the Giants broke things open in the bottom of the fourth. Welch led off the inning by reaching on a Trojan misplay. Cole McGowan, pinch-running for Welch, then stole second. Charlie Ginsburg sought to advance McGowan to third and wound up getting a base hit out of it when his bunt down the third base line hugged the chalk and came to rest in fair territory. After a Ginsburg steal of second, Sam Rice drove McGowan and Ginsburg home with a bloop single to left. Rice then stole second and advanced to third when Charlie Welch reached on another Trojan error, with Welch taking second on the errant throw.

Jackson Reed made it hurt with a sharp line drive to center to score Rice and Welch. After Reed was caught attempting to steal second, Lucas Roy and Cohen drew consecutive two out walks and advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. Hagen then closed out the scoring by grounding a single up the middle to score Roy and Cohen. After four innings, the Giants were up 7-0.

The Giants added on in the bottom of the fifth with a pair of runs scored by Drake Goodman and Isaak Irmini-Kreft driven in by Reed and Roy.

Jesse Gassman relieved Welch and cruised through his two innings, striking out a pair of Trojans along the way – final score 9-0 Giants.

The Giants’ statistical leaders at the plate were Nick Welch (three hits), Reed (three RBIs) and Cohen (two runs scored).

The Giants are back at it this Friday versus San Rafael. First pitch 4:30 pm at Moody Field.

Redwood JV Ends Preseason Undefeated

3/03/20:  Vintage and Redwood were both undefeated coming into this game and Redwood ran away with a 5-1 victory.Miles Kawashima was amazing on the mound, pitching a complete game, striking out three while only allowing four hits and a run.

Miles Kawashima shut down the Crushers

He was backed up by his fielders who made some great plays, the most outstanding being Brian Sternberger laying out to knock down a grounder and throwing the hitter out at first.  Colin Cuneen made some great picks at first and Nick Scott and Tyler Blair made all the plays in the outfield.  While Will Davis, Dylan Jensen, Brian Sternberger, and Colin Cuneen kept the infield tight, Connor Yang was behind the plate and didn’t allow a single stolen base.

The offense was very strong led by Will Davis who went 3-3 and Zack Johnson who went 2-3 scoring twice with 1 RBI.  Connor Yang smoked a double near the left field wall in the first to score Zack Johnson who got on base with a single and moved on to second with a sac fly by Nick Scott.  Redwood took the lead in the second by scoring four runs.

Brian Sternberger headed to third

It started when Brian Sternberger crushed a triple to left field and scored Colin Cuneen and Josh Morerro who was pinch running for Will Davis.  Then Zack Johnson singled to score Brian Sternberger, and Nick Scott doubled to score Zack Johnson.  Overall, Redwood tallied ten hits and five runs with 3 stolen bases by Dillon Jensen, Josh Marerro and Zack Johnson.

They head into the MCAL season undefeated and plan to continue the streak as they head out on the road against San Rafael on Friday, March 13.

Redwood Junior Varsity Defeats Rancho Cotate

3/03/20:  Redwood JV pulled away from Rancho Cotate in the third inning and won by a score of 4-1 on the road today at Rancho Cotate. 

Zack Johnson had a big day at the plate

Zach Johnson led the Giants at the plate, going 2-4 while scoring two runs, and stealing two bases. Connor Yang picked up the first RBI with a sacrifice fly to score Zach in the first inning.  Tyler Blair scored Zach in the third inning and again in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Will Davis.  Connor Yang scored the Giants final run on an error by the catcher.  Redwood stole three bases on day with Dillon Jensen, Tyler Blair and Connor Yang recording the thefts.

 

The pitching was solid behind Aidan Gossett who started for the Giants and pitched five innings, struck out five, yielding just one hit and a run.

Aiden Gossett recorded the win

Grant Stoll again closed out the game strong striking out one while giving up no runs.

Junior Varsity Complete Petaluma Sweep

2/29/20:  After defeating Petaluma on Wednesday, the JV defeated the other JV team in Petaluma, with a 6-1 victory today at Moody Field.  Casa Grande took an early lead in the second inning, scoring one run but Redwood put two on the board in the third and scored four runs in the fourth to get their third straight win of the season. 

Brian Sternberger started the third with a double, and Colin Cuneen doubled him home.  Then Connor Yang singled to left and scored Colin.Connor picked up his second RBI in the fifth inning when he crushed a double to left field and scored Tyler Blair from first.  Dillon Jenson hit a grounder and Connor scored. Nick Scott hit a single.  Will Davis doubled with two outs and scored Dillon and   Nick Scott made it to third.  Then Brian Sternberger lined one to left and Nick Scott scored.  Connor Yang and Brian Sternberger each ended the day with multiple hits and Brian Sternberger going 3 – 3.

Tyler Blair closed it our for the JV

 

The defense was strong with no errors in the field.  Nick Gehrman pitched the first 4 innings and was relieved by Tyler Blair.  Together they had 7 strikeouts and only gave up 1 run.

Redwood JV Defeat Petaluma

2/26/20:  Redwood Giants JV snagged a late lead and defeated Petaluma JV 7 – 4 on Wednesday.  The game was tied at three when Nick Gehrman doubled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run.  Myles Kawashima led the Giants to victory on the hill.  He allowed six hits and just three runs over five innings, striking out four and walking none.

Grant Stoll fires a strike

 

Grant Stoll threw the final two innings giving up one run, walking two,  but allowing no hits to close the game.

 

 

 

 

 

Tyler Blair and Connor Yang lead the team in hits with three each.

Junior Varsity Open Pre-Season with a Win

2/25/20:  The JV opened the season with a mercy-rule victory over Montgomery at their first away game today.  Redwood broke the game open in the first inning scoring nine runs.  Johnson, Blaor, Jensen and Davis all singled in the first.  Nick Gehrman opened the second inning with a triple and James Givas hit him home with a sacrifice fly.  Tyler Blair doubled in the 5th to score Colin and Zack, then Will hit a sac fly to score Tyler.Tyler tallied five RBIs for the game, followed by Will Davis with three and Josh Marrero with two.

Nick Gehrman started on the mound and was relieved by Aiden Gosset and Will Davis. Together they struck out five, gave up three hits and three runs.

The fielding highlight was a double play that ended the game by Bodhi at third, James at second and Colin at first.

Varsity Can’t Recover After Falling Behind Vintage

3/5: The Giants got extra-base hits from Matt Birchenough, Ben Cohen and Charlie Ginsburg, but couldn’t quite get over the hump today in Napa, and fell to the strong-swinging Vintage Crushers, 7-4.

Redwood failed to get on the board through the first 3, despite a single from hard-hitting Alex Hagen and a triple from the red-hot Cohen.

Hard-throwing junior lefty Sam Rice got the start for the Giants and surrendered a couple of early runs on a walk, hit batter and timely double. Following a walk in the second, Matt Smalbach came in and got out of the inning with the help of an excellent double-play in which Charlie Welch tagged the runner after fielding a grounder and nipping the runner at first. But the Crushers got to Smalbach for 3 hits in the third inning, and Coach Firenzi called on Cohen to put out the fire with two strikeouts to end the rally. When the smoke cleared, the Crushers led 4-0 after 3.

But the Giants were undaunted and staged a strong comeback in the 4th. After singles from Nick Welch and Hagen and a fielder’s choice from Birchenough, Welch scored on a wild pitch with Birchenough advancing to second. Ginsburg then ripped a double down the left field line to score Birchenough and make it 4-2 going to the bottom of the 4th. But the Crushers responded with a run in their half, making it 5-2 heading to the fifth.

The Giants showed their mettle by bouncing back for runs in the fifth on a Cohen rbi single and in the sixth on a long, line drive homer to right by Birchenough, whose dad, Jim, was quoted as saying: “That’s his first one since Little League!”

Ahead only 5-4, the Crushers showed their own toughness in the sixth, again pushing their lead to three runs on a single, hit batsman, and a timely, 2-out, 2-run single to center. After Reed’s infield single to start the seventh, the Giants went down in order to end the game.

Despite the loss, the Giants had a successful 3-game North Bay road trip and are ready to start the defense of their MCAL crown next Tuesday at Moody Field against Terra Linda. First pitch at 4:30 p.m.

Varsity Survives Scare to Defeat Rancho Cotate

3/3:  In a see-saw contest in Rohnert Park, the varsity Giants started strong and pulled away late for an 11-4 victory over Rancho Cotate.

Nick Welch drew the starting assignment on the mound, and he was dominant, overpowering the Cougars over four innings of work.  Welch had full command of his fastball and breaking ball, striking out seven Cougars against a single walk and two hits.

The Giants struck first for four runs in the top of the second.  Alex Hagen led off with an opposite field single and Welch moved him to second with a ground ball single to left.  Matt Birchenough then singled to center to score Hagen, and Welch exhibited some heads up baserunning by advancing from second to an uncovered third base even though the ball had already been thrown back to the infield.  After a Birchenough steal of second, Matt Smalbach drove in Welch with a sac fly to center.  Isaak Irmini-Kreft followed with an RBI single to left to score Birchenough.  After a Jackson Reed single to right, Lucas Roy completed the inning’s scoring with a single up the middle to plate Irmini-Kreft.

Redwood added a run in the top of the third when Smalbach worked a bases loaded walk to drive in the fifth run of the day for the Giants, and with Welch on cruise control, the game looked to be well in hand for the Giants.  But Welch departed after four innings, and with the help of some free passes from the Giants’ relievers and some suboptimal defense, Rancho fought back in the bottom of the fifth.

Rancho had tallied four runs to cut the Giants’ lead to 5-4 and had the bases loaded with one out when coach Mike Firenzi called on Jesse Gassman to restore order.  Making his season debut on the mound after recovering from a finger injury, Gassman looked in midseason form, striking out the next two Rancho hitters, including a gutsy comeback from a 3-0 count for a called strike three to end the inning.

The Giants then put the game out of reach in the top of the sixth with a six-run inning highlighted by a suicide squeeze bunt by Jesse Gassman, a two-RBI single by Birchenough, RBI singles from Jake Gassman and Reed and a bases loaded walk by Roy.

Reed, Hagen, Welch, Birchenough, Jake Gassman and Irmini-Kreft each had two hits on the day, and Birchenough led the Giants in RBIs with three.  Giants pitchers racked up eleven strikeouts against only three walks.

The Giants wrap up a busy week in the North Bay with a 3:30 pm contest at Vintage High School in Napa on Thursday, March 5.

Varsity Relies Again on Dominant Pitching to Defeat Casa Grande

3/2: On a sunny afternoon in Petaluma, the Giants cobbled together enough runs to support an excellent outing from senior starter, Lucas Roy, to defeat Casa Grande, 4-1.

Roy was superb all afternoon, keeping the Gauchos off balance by changing speeds and moving the ball at will around the plate.  He ultimately completed 6 innings, scattering 5 hits and but a single walk to record the win.  Matt Smalbach picked up the save with a strong showing in the 7th, showcasing a plus-curveball.

Casa drew first blood, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third on a single, followed by a fielder’s choice and another single.  But the Giants answered with a run of their own in the fourth on singles by Ben Cohen and Alex Hagen, a double-steal, and a sacrifice fly from Luca Bove.  With strong pitching from both sides, the scored remained tied 1-1, going to the 7th.  Then things got interesting.

Pinch-hitter Matt Birchenough led off the Giants’ half of the 7th with a hard line drive single to left. Charlie Welch then attempted what was meant to be a sacrifice bunt, but the Gauchos neglected to account for Birchenough’s speed and failed to get the force at second, leaving Giants at first and second with nobody out.  Jackson Reed next laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners.  Roy then put further pressure on the home team by laying down yet another perfect bunt, which went for a single with Birchenough scoring and Welch advancing to third.  Roy followed by stealing second with Welch scoring on an error by the Gauchos catcher.  After a Cohen groundout advanced Roy to third, Hagen walked and Roy scored on a hard grounder by Nick Welch which handcuffed the Casa Grande third baseman. By the time the half inning was over, the Giants had scored 3 times and led 4-1, even though they hit only one ball out of the infield.

Smalbach then came in to shut the door in the bottom of the 7th, and the Giants had to feel fortunate to escape with a win against a good Gauchos squad.  If the historians can be trusted, this was Mike Firenzi’s first defeat of Casa Grande in his time at Redwood.

Roy finished with 2 hits, with 1 each for Reed, Cohen, Nick Welch, Birchenough and Hagen, who added 2 walks.  And the Giants pitchers threw from favorable counts all day, starting 74% of the Gauchos hitters with strikes and ultimately throwing almost 70% total strikes on the day.

The rest of the week doesn’t get any easier with the Giants traveling for games at Rancho Cotate tomorrow and Vintage in Napa on Thursday.

 

 

Varsity Edged Out in Tense Pitchers’ Duel at Petaluma

2/26:  On a warm winter afternoon, the Redwood Giants wasted a dominant pitching performance by senior ace Nick Welch in falling 2-1 to the Petaluma Trojans.

Welch struggled a bit with command in the first, but then – aided by good outfield play from Drake Goodman and Lucas Roy – set to work in shutting down a hard-swinging group from Petaluma.  Mixing a live fastball and sharp curve, Welch worked 5 complete, allowing only a single hit and one walk, and no earned runs.  But Welch was matched inning for inning and more by the Petaluma junior hurler, 6’5” Julian Garrahan.  Garrahan was top notch throughout – allowing only 4 hits and issuing no free passes in his 7-inning complete game win.

Through their first 5 turns at the plate, the Giants had only a Charlie Welch single to right to show for their efforts.  Then, with 2 already gone in the 6th, Jackson Reed legged out a hustle-single to the second baseman.  Lucas Roy followed with a line drive single to center.  And Ben Cohen made it pay, scoring Reed on a hard single to right.  The Giants led 1-0 going into the bottom of the sixth.

But the next half inning would prove the Giants’ undoing.  After an error, a stolen base, and another Giants’ miscue, Petaluma had it knotted at 1-1.  Senior lefty Matt Birchenough then took the ball from Welch and struck out the first batter he faced.  But a walk and single would allow Petaluma to squeeze another run home and take a 2-1 lead into the top of the 7th.  Remarkably, for only the 2nd game of the season, the Petaluma starter returned to the hill and set the Giants down 1, 2, 3 to seal the victory for the home team.

Next week should prove exciting and challenging for the Giants as they travel to Casa Grande (3/2), Rancho Cotate (3/3) and Vintage (3/5).

Varsity Tips Montgomery in Season Opener

2/25:  On a balmy February afternoon at Moody Field, the Giants kicked off the 2020 regular season with a 6-5 comeback victory over Montgomery.

Ben Cohen got the opening day assignment on the mound.  Montgomery struck first with a single run in the top of the first.  Jackson Reed led off the bottom of the third with a sharp grounder down the third base line that caromed off the glove of Montgomery’s third baseman.  After Lucas Roy sacrificed Reed to third, Cohen singled to left to plate Reed and tie the game after three innings.

Cohen ran into trouble in the top of the fourth, and after surrendering three straight one out singles, coach Mike Firenzi called for Roy in relief to try to get the Giants out of the bases loaded jam.  After retiring his first hitter on a flyout to center that was too shallow for the runners to advance, Roy walked Montgomery’s next hitter to force in a run. Montgomery then followed with a hard grounder that got by third baseman Matt Smalbach’s backhand stab for a two-run double to left.  A throwing error led to another Montgomery run, and when the top of the fourth was over, the contest stood at 5-1 Montgomery.

The Giants bounced right back in the bottom half, however.  Matt Birchenough got things started by getting on via a hit by pitch. Jake Gassman followed with a grounder to third that was kicked by Montgomery’s third baseman for an error. Smalbach was then called on to sacrifice, and laid down a perfect two-strike bunt to the right side. Montgomery’s pitcher was late to cover, Smalbach beat the first baseman’s throw with a headfirst dive into first and the Giants had the bases loaded with no outs.

Nick Welch then pinch hit for his brother Charlie.  Birchenough came in to score on a wild pitch and Welch ultimately drew a base on balls to reload the bases.  Reed then grounded into an RBI fielder’s choice, with Welch being tagged out between first and second.  After Reed stole second to put runners at second and third, Roy followed with a sharp line drive single to right center to plate Smalbach and Reed.  After four innings, the game was tied up 5-5.

Roy held it down for the Giants in the top of the fifth and sixth innings, keeping Montgomery from scoring any further.  In the bottom of the sixth, Charlie Welch led off by taking one on the left shoulder for a hit batsman.  Reed then sacrificed Welch to second and Roy followed with a walk.  After a Welch steal of third put runners at the corners, Welch was thrown out at home on an attempted safety squeeze bunt from Cohen, and a promising inning looked like it might go for naught.

But Alex Hagen wasn’t having it, lining hard to left center for a clutch two-out single to plate Roy and put the Giants up 6-5.  Roy shut the door in the top of the seventh, and the Giants eked out the win.

Reed, Roy and Cohen led the Giants on the day with two hits apiece.  Reed scored two runs out of the leadoff spot and Roy paced the Giants with two RBIs.

Next up for the Giants is the first of four consecutive North Bay road contests – at Petaluma High on Wednesday February 26th. First pitch 3:30 pm.

Redwood Alumni Help Lead Chapman University to National Title

6/10:  Tyler Peck and Henry (Hank) Zeisler have won their share of championships in their careers and added a College National Championship to their lists as they helped Chapman University win the 2019 DIII title in Cedar Rapids, Iowa this week.

Senior Tyler Peck and Sophomore Henry Zeisler display their DIII National Championship trophies

Tyler ended his senior campaign as an All-American and earned the win in the critical first game of the final series, pitching seven strong innings while yielding just three runs while striking out five.  Tamalpais graduate Mason Collins pitched a complete-game shut-out in the second game, earning title for Chapman in a  11-0 blowout.

Henry was named to the All-Tournament Team along with eight other Chapman players and was named the Most Outstanding Player at the Division III World Series. When asked how it felt to be a National Champion Hank said, “Literally the greatest feeling in the world.” Zeisler led the Panthers with a .538 batting average in their seven games, including 14 hits, three doubles, five RBIs and 10 runs scored.  “I never felt more comfortable at the plate.  Starting a few weeks ago everything just started clicking and confidence took it from there.”

Tyler told the Independent Journal that the Chapman team was close-knit and compared the chemistry to the Redwood team that won the NCS title in 2015.  “The two teams were very similar with chemistry. In my previous seasons at Chapman and Redwood and baseball altogether, the closer knit you are, the better you’re going to do,” Peck told the IJ. “Both that 2015 Redwood team and Chapman in 2019, you’re going to go to war for those guys and that’s what we did. That was the difference.” Shortly after Tyler celebrated the National Championship he received news that he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals and will report to the Cardinals’ Spring Training facility in Jupiter, Florida on Monday, where he’ll eventually get his first minor league assignment.

Giants Battle Into 8th Ends Magical Championship 2019 Season

5/20: With a packed house at Moody Field, the Giants hosted Casa Grande High School from Santa Rosa in the second round of the NCS Varsity Baseball tournament. The spectators would be treated to some great baseball, as both teams were well staffed and ready to play ball.

Junior Nick Welch drops the hammer on one of his 11 strikeouts on the day

Redwood’s Ace, Nick Welch, started for the Giants, wowing the crowd through each intense inning. Welch collected a resounding 11 strikeouts through five and a third innings of work but left the contest with the score still sitting at no runs apiece.

Redwoods first opportunity to score came in the second inning. Ben Cohen poked one to right field to start the inning. Jack Morken pulled one to left field, leaving the two sluggers on first and second with no outs. Cohen went on to steal third base, giving the Giants a first and third situation with nobody out.

Call it what you want, but the inning that was promising, soon became clouded with umpire interference. Morken would break toward second as Alex Hagen squared up to lay down a bunt and Morken landed safely at second base.  While the catcher made no contact with Hagen and didn’t alter his throw with Hagen squared up in the box, the home-plate umpire called “interference”, subsequently calling him out, and sending Morken back to first base. Instead of runners at second and third, with nobody out, the Giants were given one out and returned Morken to first base. The inning ended without any Giant runs.  “That was a turning point in the game, it’s a judgement call that took away the momentum in the inning.” Coach Firenzi said after the game.

Player of the Year Genki LeClair gets under one for one of the Giants 11 fly-outs

The Game continued through 8 innings of very intense and exciting Varsity baseball. Ultimately, the Gauchos plated two runs in the top of the 8th inning. In the bottom of the eighth, Jackson Reed lead off with a single. Lucas Roy induced a walk, putting the winning run at Home. The Giants had two accomplished hitters on deck and in the hole but came up short. Final Score: 0-2

 

“Our pitching was excellent today, we didn’t execute in the areas that got us here.  We didn’t get out bunts down, we didn’t move runners over when we needed to, and we gave them 17 outs by way of strike out or fly out.  Hard to win when you don’t score and give them easy outs in the NCS” Firenzi said.  “We had a great year, I’m proud of what these kids did.  In all my years this was one of the best group of kids that I have coached.”

It goes without saying, the 2019 Giants Varsity Baseball Team were tremendous, winning the MCAL Championship and competing into the second round of the North Coast Section tournament. For the past two years, the players on this team have performed like champions – accomplishing what no other program has, back to back MCAL Championships for all levels – Freshman, JV, and Varsity! Moving forward, the Redwood Giants are in the capable hands of head coach, Mike Firenzi. The parents of the departing players truly salute the program and will stay involved. Go Giants!

Redwood Advances with Win Over Bethel

5/17:  The NCS DII Championship Committee seeded all four MCAL DII teams in the tournament this year, giving the MCAL a 25% chance to win.  Those odds didn’t improve after the first round, as Drake and Tamalpias both exited early, with Marin Catholic and Redwood advancing to the next round.

The Redwood Giants, the number one seed, made quick work of their visitors from Bethel High School, Vallejo. Kyle Felder started for the Giants and was used sparingly by Coach Firenzi, throwing just under three innings, striking out one. The game started with three successive defensive infield gems by Jack Morken, Jackson Reed, and Jackson Barry – which undoubtedly sent a message to the statistically high-powered Jaguar offense.

In the bottom of the first inning, the Giants second baseman, MCAL Player of The Year, Genki LeClair, induced a seven-pitch walk. Jackson Barry followed with a hard-hit ball to first, landing safely on base after a Bethel error. LeClair advanced to third base on the play. Ben Cohen was walked to load the bases. Alex Hagen drove the ball to right field, scoring LeClair from third and advancing both Barry and Cohen. Jack Morken then ripped the ball into left field, scoring Barry and Cohen (3-0).

In the bottom of the second inning, Jackson Reed singled to left. Lucas Roy applied some pressure to the third baseman with a well-placed bunt, forcing the defender to make a difficult play. The result would allow Reed to advance to third base and then home on the error (4-0). The Jaguars picked up a run in the top of the third (4-1).

In the bottom of the third inning, Jack Morken doubled to right center field and would wisely take third after the center fielder mishandled the ball. Sam Warren would easily score Morken with a line drive to left field (5-1).

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Drake Goodman would hit for Nordstrom and reach base after the shortstop’s error. Lucas Roy singled, advancing Goodman to third base. On what appeared to be a suicide squeeze play, Goodman broke toward home plate, but the pitch was wild, easily scoring Goodman without committing suicide or any such effort by Genki LeClair (6-1). LeClair would eventually send a high troublemaker to shallow left field, allowing Roy to tag up and score after the defender caught the ball (7-1). Bethel would threaten in the top of the sixth inning, scoring two runs to make the score 7 to 3.

Jackson Bender threw two and a third innings of relief, striking out three and allowing no runs. Ben Cohen and Jesse Gassman combined for two innings of relief as well. Lucas Roy tallied two hits and a run on the day. Jack Morken added two hits, two RBI’s, and a run to lead the Giants. Barry, Warren, and Reed also contributed a hit a piece.

Final Score: 7 to 3

The Giant’s will face Casa Grande in the second round of the tournament.  Redwood took an early season loss to the Gauchos in the beginning of the year and hope to even the score on Monday, May 20th at 5 p.m. Moody Field.

Genki LeClair Named MCAL Player of the Year-Four more make All-MCAL

5/18: In his third year as a varsity player, second baseman Genki LeClair capped off his senior campaign by being named ‘Player of the Year’, the highest honor awarded to position players by the MCAL.  LeClair has been a catalyst to the Giants offense that took sole possession of third place in the MCAL round robin and then went on to sweep the playoffs, ending their MCAL season as co-champions.  LeClair’s .475 overall batting average ranked #28 in the North Coast Section and his .471 league batting average ranked #1 in the MCAL.  Genki also led the league with 24 hits and ranked #2 in with two triples (behind Jack Morken with three), #2 in the league with 17 runs scored, #2 in the league with ten stolen bases, #2 with 17 runs scored, and was #1 in the league with a .571 on base percentage.  To date, LeClair has proven to be tough on pitchers as in 107 plate appearances, Genki has only been struck out seven times.

 

Three year varsity veteran Jackson Barry took All-MCAL second team honors as an infielder.  The smooth fielding third baseman ended the MCAL campaign with a .347 batting average, ranking fifteenth in the league.  Barry ranked #3 in the league with six doubles and had a homer to his tally.

Junior Lucas Roy took his well-deserved place on the second team as an outfielder.  Roy contributed at the plate, in center field and on the mound.  Roy may be most remembered for closing out the MCAL Championship game with a four-pitch strike-out, but it was likely his offensive numbers that earned his spot.  Roy ended the MCAL season ranked #16 with a .333 average.

Sophomore Ben Cohen also made the second team as a designated hitter/utility player.  Cohen played games in the outfield, as a designated hitter and pitched.  He ranked #18 in the league with a 3.15 ERA.  Ben ended the MCAL season with a .371 batting average, ranking #9 in the MCAL.  He also had a homer to the Giants total.

Senior Kyle Felder took Honorable Mention honors.  Felder ended the season with the best winning percentage in the MCAL, going 6-0 in league play.  His six wins ranked #2 in the MCAL.  His .74 ERA ranked #3 in the league.  His 19 strikeouts in 28 innings ranked #16 in the league.