Roger Smith, Frank Ferroni and the ’77 Mythical National Champs Inducted into the Hall of Fame

March 3, 2018: Roger Smith (class of 1976), Ferroni (class of 1970) and the 1977 Giants baseball team were inducted into the Redwood High School Athletic Hall of Fame during a banquet hosted by Bay Area radio legend (and Redwood alumni) Bruce MacGowan.

Roger Smith played baseball and basketball at the varsity level from his sophomore through his senior years at Redwood.  In 1970, he appeared in 14 MCAL games as a pitcher and led the team to a 13-1 MCAL record with a 2.25 ERA.  He earned first team MCAL honors in both basketball and baseball his senior year.

Frank Ferroni made first team MCAL in both his junior and senior years as a pitcher for the Giants.  Ferroni put up astounding numbers his senior year, records that will most likely never be broken.  He was 17-1 with a .91 ERA and had 194 strikeouts in 95 innings.  Ferroni was drafted by the Giants and the Twins but took a scholarship to Pepperdine to play for Augie Garrido and sustained an injury that prevented him from playing.  He was later drafted by the Baltimore Orioles, unfortunately, his career was shorted due to his injury.

The 1977 Mythical National Champion baseball team was inducted in the ‘Special Merit-Team Award’ category and nearly the entire team was in attendance to accept the award.  Captain Jim Connor took the podium first and recanted the historic game against Taiwan and the championship game, an epic come-from behind victory against Hayward.  Buddy Biancalana followed Jim and described the impact that head coach Al Endriss had him as a player and credited Endriss for opening doors for him to play after high school, “Texas was willing to give me a scholorship and never saw me play…just on Al’s word…that shows how well respected he was.”

Head Coach Al Endriss said, “This may be the best team that not only the MCAL but Northern California has ever seen, and will ever see…I was willing to play our team against any team, anywhere, and I knew we would win.”

With 33 wins and 4 losses, they were named High School National Champions by the Easton Bat Company and the ’70’s National High School Team of the Decade by Sporting News.  They had five High School All-Americans (Buddy Biancalana, Jim Connor, Jimmy Jones, Mickey Meister, and Greg Zunino).  Twelve players went on to play at the collegiate level.  Four players were drafted and played at the professional level (Steve Travers, Biancalana, Meister, Zunino).  Biancalana was the first round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals (drafted before Cal Ripken), and nearly won the 1984 World Series MVP and made appearances on the Late Night with David Letterman.

The players on the team were:  Buddy Biancalana, Brett Parker, Scott Sutton, Steve Travers, Mickey Meister, John Jones, John Caito, Len Tallerico, Jim Connor, Bill Scott, Gary Ferrari, Greg Zunino, David Hoffmeister, Mike Long, Jim Jones, Steve Hoffmire, Bryon Myles, Howard Gibian, Cam Garrett, Kevin Wiltz, David Lui, and Lindsay Gordon.

The 1977 Mythical National Champions accepting their award

Smith, Ferroni, and the ’77 Team join fellow Redwood Baseball Inductees John Boro-’70, Buddy Biancalana-78, Pete Carroll-’69, Richard “Butch” Brear-’61, Jim Connor-’77, Mike Connor-’73, Ken Johnson-’68, Chad Kreuter-’82, Mickey Meister-’79, Jim Peters-’69, Jerry Piro-’70, Cory Shakarian-’90, Russell Smith-’66, Kevin Wilson-’67, Greg Zunino-’77, Dick Hart-Basketball Coach & Frosh Baseball Coach and Al Endriss-Baseball Coach-’58-93.

CHAMPS!!!

5/18:  The Varsity Giants concluded the regular season in what is now becoming ‘Regular Fashion’ as MCAL Champions.  For the third time in the last four years, Redwood was awarded the MCAL Championship Banner which will be hoisted in the gym and displayed proudly among the other twenty-five baseball championship banners.

After working through a rough patch this season where the Giants lost three straight games and dropped in the standings from a tie for first place to squeaking into the playoffs as the fifth seed, the Giants needed to win three games in four days to be MCAL Co-Champions and earn the automatic NCS bid.

Redwood started the week on the road on Tuesday and defeated San Marin on a cold, windy, typical spring day in Northern Novato.  After pitching four strong innings, Robbie Wilson was relieved by Senior Oliver Pearson who would earn the win as the pitcher of record in the top of the seventh when Jackson Barry broke a 2-2 deadlock by dropping a perfect suicide squeeze scoring Josh Cohen from third for the winning run.  Nick Welch earned the save by pitching a scoreless seventh inning.  Dane Goodman, Josh Cohen, Jack Morken, Luke Zlatunich, Drew Jacks, Genki LeClair all had hits for the Giants and Mackie Skall banged out two hits.  Goodman, Morken and Barry were responsible for knocking in the Giants runs that were scored by Cohen, Zlatunich and Jacks.

The Giants faced off against Tamalpais on Thursday night under the lights at Albert Park.  Redwood split their games with Tam during the regular season and would have to beat their ace, Jack Loder, to get to the Championship game.  Sophomore Nick Welch would get the call on the mound and he answered the call by pithing an absolute gem, yielding no hits in five and a third innings of work.  After Welch walked the three batters to load the bases in the sixth, Head Coach Mike Firenzi made the tough call of pulling him for Oliver Pearson.  “I think it’s the first time I’ve ever pulled a pitcher out of a no-hitter, but his pitch count was getting up there and I didn’t want to push the pitch count limit…he exceeded my expectations.” Firenzi said after the game.  Welch was greeted by a standing ovation as he left the field by the Redwood faithful and even a few Tamalpais fans with the Giants up 4-0.  With the bases juiced, Pearson would give up a single that was turned into a double after a bobble in left, and after the dust settled, three Tam runners had crossed the plate.  Pearson would lock down the inning by inducing a line-out to Josh Cohen and a strike out to end the inning and would end the game by striking out the side in the bottom of the seventh.

Dane Goodman, Josh Cohen, Mackie Skall, Jackson Barry, Luke Zlatunich and Genki LeClair all had hits for the Giants with Drew Jacks adding two.  Barry, and LeClair had RBI’s and Goodman, Cohen, Jacks and Zlatunich were responsible for scoring the Giants runs.

The Giants ‘Cinderella Story’ would be concluded tonight as the Giants would face off against the Drake Pirates who mowed through the NCS DIII Championships last year and mowed through the MCAL season this year, taking the Round-Robin MCAL Championship with a record of 15-3.  Drake made sure to pitch their ace, Ryan McLaughlin, just three innings in the semi-final game against Branson so that he would be able to pitch seven innings in the championship tonight.  This is a lock-tight strategy if the game goes seven innings.  McLaughlin, a sure bet to win Pitcher of the Year honors, dominated the league this year with a 1.04 ERA in a whopping seventy-four innings pitched and earned nine of the Pirates league wins.  As fate would have it, Redwood was able to take the game into extra innings and test Drake’s bullpen by scoring a run in the top of the sixth after Dane Goodman led off the inning with a hot smash to the third baseman that was too hot to handle.  Josh Cohen sent Goodman to second on a sacrifice bunt.  Goodman was cut off at the plate after Mackie Skall ripped a ball to left and a perfect strike to the catcher left the Giants with two outs and Jack Morken holding the fate of the Giants in his hands.  Morken answered, lacing a seed to the left-center gap, plating Skall and tying the game 1-1 going into the bottom of the sixth.

Robbie Wilson pitched three strong innings for the Giants and handed the ball to Oliver Pearson.  Pearson gave up a run but sent the Pirates down in order in the bottom of the sixth by striking out the side.  Luke Zlatunich singled with an out in the top of the seventh, but was erased on a 6-4-3 double play to take the game to the bottom of the seventh.  Pearson struck out the lead off batter and then would rely on his defense for the next two outs.  Pascal Brassey made a great play on a shot to short for the second out and the inning ended on a hot smash to third, similar to the shot Goodman hit in the top of the sixth, but Jackson Barry short hopped it and tossed to first to end the inning.

Drake would now have to go to the bullpen in the top of the eighth because McLaughlin pitched his tenth inning of the week and the Giants capitalized.  Dane Goodman led off the inning with a walk.  Josh Cohen followed with a walk and Mackie Skall drove a 1-1 fastball to center scoring Goodman, putting the Giants up 2-1.  Jack Morken hit a high-hopper over the first baseman’s head, scoring Cohen.  Jackson Barry then tallied his third hit of the day, scoring Skall, putting the Giants up 4-1.

Pearson gave up a lead off single in the bottom of the eight, but the boisterous Drake crowd was silenced when Dane Goodman tracked down a bomb to the right-center gap that looked like a sure triple off of the bat.  Pearson struck out the final two batters he faced, securing the MCAL Pennant for the Giants, ending the week with two wins and a save.

The Giants future now rests in the hands of the NCS Seeding Committee with hopes of securing a first round home game next week.  The question that soon will be answered is, will this Cinderella take home only the MCAL Banner or will they take home another NCS title?

Frosh Giants Close Out MCAL Championship Season with Rout of Drake

5/11:  The frosh Giants completed their season with a 9-1 victory over Drake in San Anselmo.

Mikey Bender cruised through five innings, striking out six while allowing only a single run. The Giants scored early and often, scoring four in the first and another run in the second and adding on from there.  Ben Cohen, Bender and Tommy Quanstrom all had two hit days for the Giants.  Bender and Quanstrom led the team in RBIs with three apiece, while Charlie Ginsburg led the Giants in runs scored with three. Zane Kempler closed the door with two scoreless innings.

The Giants took the MCAL regular season title with a remarkable 22 wins this year against only a single defeat.  Kudos to the frosh and coaches Taber Watson, Corbin Wirta and Dan Watson on an outstanding season!

Frosh Giants Defeat Cardinal Newman

5/9:  The frosh Giants rode another strong start from Ben Cohen to a 4-1 victory over visiting Cardinal Newman to run their season’s record to 21-1.

The Giants scored twice in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Tommy Quanstrom to score Cohen and a Mikey Bender grounder that was thrown away by Newman’s third baseman allowing Ethan Crawford to score.

Redwood doubled its lead in the bottom of the fourth.  Bodie Jehling got things started with a one-out single.  Charlie Ginsburg followed with a groundball single to right to advance Jehling to second.  Cohen then hit a liner to left that Newman’s left fielder made a diving attempt on but missed.  The ball scooted by, allowing Jehling and Ginsburg to score while Cohen coasted into third with a triple.  After four innings, the Giants led 4-0.

The was more than enough for Cohen, who went six strong while striking out seven and allowing only one run.  Quanstrom came in and put an exclamation point on the win, earning the save by striking out the side in order in the final inning.

Ginsburg led the team in hits on the day with two, and the Giants got strong defensive plays in the outfield from Asher Jacobs in center and Bender in right.

A terrific season for the frosh comes to an end this Friday in San Anselmo versus Drake.  First pitch 4:30 PM.

Frosh Giants Defeat Novato for 20thWin of Season

5/5:  The freshman Giants tallied win number 20 on the season with a 7-0 victory over Novato on Saturday at Endriss Field.

Tommy Quanstrom, Dillon Jensen and Zane Kempler combined to shut out the Hornets on a combined two hits.  Quanstrom started and was dominant in his three innings, striking out seven Novato batters.

The Giants scored their first run in the bottom of the second, with Jack Bober knocking in Quanstrom with a sharp single to left.  In the bottom of the third, the Giants tacked on four more on a Mikey Bender RBI single to score Jack Watson, a dropped fly ball off the bat of Kempler to score Thomas Johnson and Bodie Jehling, and a steal of home by Bender when the Hornets threw to second trying to get Kempler stealing from first.

The Giants added single runs in the fifth and sixth on a Kempler sacrifice fly to score Parker McMillan and a McMillan single to score Asher Jacobs.

Quanstrom, Jensen and Kempler kept the Hornet bats quiet all day – helped out by several standout plays from Jehling at shortstop.  Bender led the Giants in hits on the day with two.

The 20-1 Giants now head into their final week of the season with games against Cardinal Newman on Wednesday at 4:30 PM at Endriss Field and Drake on Friday at 4:30 PM in San Anselmo.

Frosh Giants Win Pitchers’ Duel Against Marin Catholic

5/2:  The frosh Giants pushed across a single run late to defeat a game Marin Catholic squad by a score of 1-0 on Wednesday afternoon at Endriss Field.

Jake Zesiger started on the mound for the Giants and held MC scoreless through five innings.  He was matched zero for zero by MC lefty Van Larson, who worked out of a few jams to keep Redwood off the board through the Giants’ first four at-bats.

In the bottom of the fifth, Bodie Jehling led off with a single to left and Charlie Ginsburg laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance him to second.  After taking third on a wild pitch, Jehling scored on Ben Cohen’s sacrifice fly to center, and through five innings Redwood was up 1-0.

A terrific game took a dark turn in the top of the sixth when Zesiger suffered what all in attendance could see was a serious arm injury while throwing a pitch to MC’s first batter of the inning.  X-rays would later reveal a complete fracture of the humerus bone in Zesiger’s throwing arm.  It was a sad ending to a great season for Zesiger.

Mikey Bender was summoned in relief and preserved the win for Zesiger, holding the Wildcats scoreless for the final two innings.  Zesiger and Bender together held MC to only one hit on the afternoon.

Redwood’s record for the season now stands at 19-1.  Next game for the frosh is on Saturday morning against Novato – first pitch 11:00 AM at Endriss Field.

Frosh Giants Defeat Tamalpais; Take Over First Place in MCALs

4/30:  The freshman Giants rode a gutty effort from starting pitcher Ben Cohen and some early offense to defeat Tamalpais by a score of 7-3 on Monday afternoon at Tam High.

The Giants jumped on Tam for three runs in the top of the first.  Tommy Quanstrom provided the big hit with a two-out single to center to score Cohen and Ethan Crawford.  After Mikey Bender followed with a single, J.T. Dyer drove in Quanstrom for the final run of the inning.

The Giants added on in the second and third innings.  In the second, Cohen drove home Bodie Jehling on a double to left.  After Cohen stole third, Sam McIntosh brought Cohen home with an RBI groundout to stake Redwood to a 5-0 lead.  In the top of the third, Dyer singled home Quanstrom, who had reached on a double, and through three innings the count was 6-0 Redwood.

Cohen, meanwhile, was pitching through a nasty blister on his pitching hand that deprived him of any feel with his curveball.  Forced to go almost entirely with a fastball/changeup combination, Cohen nevertheless battled through five innings while yielding only two runs (one earned).  After five innings, Redwood was up 6-2.

Bender relieved Cohen and picked up right where he left off, striking out three in his two innings of work.  Redwood added a big insurance run in the top of the seventh on a Jack Watson single to right to plate Bender.  Bender worked out of a jam in Tam’s last at-bat, fanning Tam’s final hitter with the bases loaded and the tying run at the plate.

Bender and Dyer led the Giants in hits on the day with three apiece, while Quanstrom and Jehling pitched in two each.

The Giants record for the season now stands at 18-1.  Next game for the frosh is Wednesday afternoon at Endriss Field against Marin Catholic.  First pitch at 4:30 PM.

Frosh Giants No Hit Monte Vista

4/28:  Tommy Quanstrom, Mikey Bender and Jake Zesiger threw a combined five-inning no hitter on Saturday afternoon at Endriss, as the frosh Giants cruised to an 11-0 win over Monte Vista to improve their season record to 17-1.

The game was scoreless through two innings, but the Giants broke through with crooked numbers in the third and fourth innings.  J.T. Dyer led off the bottom of the third with a double to right-center. After advancing to third on a single to left by Zesiger, Bodie Jehling brought Dyer home with a sacrifice fly to right.  After walks to Charlie Ginsburg and Ben Cohen to load the bases, Sam McIntosh drove in a pair with a single to left.  Ethan Crawford followed with a sacrifice fly and Quanstrom a single to left to plate two more runs.  Bender closed out the scoring with a booming drive to left-center for a double, and after three innings the Giants led 6-0.  Bender’s hit was very nearly the Giants’ first homer of the year, hitting half way up the fence on the fly.

The Giants put the game out of reach in the bottom of the fourth.  After Thomas Johnson and Asher Jacobs reached on Monte Vista errors, Sam Rice brought Johnson home with a single to left.  Jehling followed with an RBI single to score Jacobs. After Ginsburg was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Cohen followed with a hard grounder that took a bad hop and got through the Monte Vista shortstop.  The ball then seemed to defy the laws of physics and pick up speed as it split the gap in left-center for the seldom seen ground ball triple to clear the bases.

Meanwhile, Quanstrom, Bender and Zesiger were holding down the Monte Vista offense with relative ease.  Their no-hitter was saved in the top of the fourth by a terrific diving catch of a sinking liner to center by Jacobs and the game was called based on mercy rules after Zesiger closed out the top of the fifth.

On Monday, the Giants will be looking to avenge their only loss of the season against Tamalpais. First pitch is set for 4:30 PM at Tam.

Frosh Giants Take Two from San Rafael

4/23 and 4/26: The freshman Giants rallied from a 3-2 deficit with a four-run fourth inning to defeat San Rafael 6-3 on Monday afternoon at Endriss Field.  The Giants followed that up with a 12-3 victory over the Bulldogs on Thursday afternoon at San Rafael High.

In Monday’s game, Jack Bober kicked off the scoring for Redwood in the bottom of the second by singling home Mikey Bender.  Bodie Jehling followed with an RBI single to score JT Dyer, and after two innings the Giants led 2-0.

After San Rafael rallied for three runs in the top of the fourth, the Giants struck back for four runs in the bottom half, highlighted by an RBI single by Bender and a Jake Zesiger fly ball that was misplayed by San Rafael’s right fielder to score two runs.

Bender and Dyer closed out the game, with Bender throwing two and two-thirds scoreless innings and Dyer throwing the final inning for the save.  Jehling led the Giants in hits on the day, going three for three.

The two squads ran it back on Thursday, and the Giants blew open a tight game late with nine runs in their final two at-bats to win going away by a final score of 12-3. Dyer and Bender led the Giants offensively, each going three for four on the day.  The Giants went with Johnny Wholestaff on the mound, with Jake Zesiger, Bender, Dyer, Dillon Jensen, Tommy Quanstrom and Zane Kempler each throwing on the day.

The Giants record for the season now stands at 16-1.  Next game for the frosh is versus Monte Vista (Danville) at Endriss Field at 11:00 AM on Saturday.

Frosh Giants Roll San Marin

4/21:  The frosh Giants jumped on San Marin with a six-run first inning and never looked back, defeating the Mustangs 14-1 on Saturday afternoon in Novato.  With the victory, Redwood’s season record stands at 14-1.

Ben Cohen got the start on the mound for the Giants and pitched two and one-third innings of one-run ball before having to exit early with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand.  Cohen was relieved by Jake Zesiger and then Zane Kempler, each of whom put up zeros to take the game through five innings, after which it was called due to MCAL mercy rules.

Cohen, Tommy Quanstrom and J.T. Dyer were the hit leaders on the day for Redwood with two each. Cohen, Mikey Bender and Dyer lead the team in runs scored on the day with two apiece.

The frosh have a double dose of San Rafael this week – Monday at Endriss Field and Thursday at San Rafael High.  First pitch for both games is at 4:30 PM.

Frosh Giants Break Out the Bats in Win Over Terra Linda

4/18:  The frosh Giants scored early and often at Terra Linda on Wednesday afternoon and cruised to an 11-1 victory to improve their record on the season to 13-1.

Charlie Ginsburg opened the game with a single to center.  After stealing second, Ginsburg scored on a Ben Cohen single to left.  Sam McIntosh then singled to right, advancing Cohen to third.  Ethan Crawford followed with a line single to left center, scoring Cohen and sending McIntosh to third.  Tommy Quanstrom plated McIntosh with a sacrifice fly, and the Giants led 3-0 after their first at-bat.

The Giants added three more runs in the second.  Thomas Johnson led off the inning with a walk.  Ginsburg followed with a bloop single to right.  Cohen brought them both home with a shot up the gap in left-center for a double.  After Cohen advanced to third on a wild pitch, McIntosh brought him home with an RBI groundout.

Mikey Bender started on the mound for the Giants and was very impressive on short rest, striking out eight over his five innings of work and yielding only one run.

The Giants continued to add on in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, with Crawford, Quanstrom, Asher Jacobs, McIntosh and Bodie Jehling delivering RBIs.

Zane Kempler relieved Bender in the bottom of the sixth, striking out two to end the game after six innings based on MCAL mercy rules.

Cohen paced the Giants offensively with three RBIs and three runs scored.  McIntosh, Crawford and Quanstrom had two RBIs apiece, and Ginsburg led the Giants with four runs scored.

Next game for the frosh is at San Marin at 11:00 AM on Saturday.

Frosh Giants Keep It Rolling with Defeat of Drake

4/17:  The freshman Giants rode Jake Zesiger’s strong start to a 6-1 victory over Drake on Tuesday afternoon at Endriss Field. Zesiger went five innings, striking out six and yielding only one base hit.  The Giants improved their record to 12-1 for the season.

The Giants scored single runs in the third and fourth innings on an RBI single by Charlie Ginsburg to score Bodie Jehling and an RBI groundout by Tommy Quanstrom to score Ethan Crawford.

With the lead at 2-0, the Giants opened things up in the bottom of the fifth.  Thomas Johnson led off and doubled to deep right-center.  Jehling followed with a single to left to advance Johnson to third.  Ginsburg then singled to right to score Johnson and advance Jehling to third.  After a walk to Ben Cohen to load the bases, Jehling scored on a wild pitch and Sam McIntosh brought Ginsburg home with an RBI groundout and the Giants lead through five innings was 5-0.  The Giants added one more run in the bottom of the sixth when J.T. Dyer singled and ultimately scored on a throwing error by the Drake catcher.

Quanstrom and Dillon Jensen combined to record the final six outs for the Giants, with Jensen ending the game on a swinging strikeout.

Ginsburg led the Giants in hits and RBIs on the day with two of each, and Jehling paced the Giants in runs scored with two.

The freshmen travel to Terra Linda for their next game on Wednesday afternoon – first pitch at 4:30 PM.

Frosh Giants No-Hit San Rafael

4/14:  Mikey Bender threw a complete game no-hitter to lead the freshman Giants to a 10-0 win over San Rafael under the lights at Albert Park on Saturday night.  Bender overwhelmed the Bulldogs, striking out eleven over his seven innings while walking only three.  The Giants upped their record to 11-1 on the season.

The Giants broke the game open early with a six-run second inning, highlighted by RBI hits by Bender, Charlie Ginsburg, Ben Cohen, Tommy Quanstrom and Sam McIntosh.

That was more than enough for Bender, who used excellent fastball command to move the ball all over the four strike zone quadrants and overpower the Bulldog hitters throughout the night.  In addition to his fine pitching, Bender also led the Giants in hits on the evening with two.

Next up for the frosh (weather permitting) is Drake on Monday afternoon – 4:30 PM at Endriss Field.

Frosh Giants Edge Campolindo

4/13:  The freshman Giants traveled to Moraga on Friday afternoon and behind another strong start from pitcher Ben Cohen defeated Campolindo by a score of 2-1.

The game was scoreless through the first five innings as Cohen and Campo pitcher Chris Ruane matched each other zero for zero.  The Giants finally got on the board in the top of the sixth.  Ethan Crawford got things started with a one out walk. After stealing second and advancing to third on a groundout, Thomas Johnson came through with the key base hit that had eluded the Giants in the prior five innings, lining a sharp single to left to score Crawford.

Cohen completed his outing by retiring Campo in order in the bottom of the sixth.  Cohen notched seven strikeouts in his six innings of work and yielded only two hits.

The Giants added what would turn out to be a handy insurance run in the top of the seventh. Bodie Jehling led off with a single to left.  Charlie Ginsburg followed with a bunt single.  Sam McIntosh then drove Jehling home with a single to left, and headed into Campo’s last at bat Redwood led 2-0.

Closer J.T. Dyer came on in relief and notched the save, with Jack Watson recording the final out on a deep fly to center.

Ginsburg led the Giants in hits on the day with three.  The Giants record for the season now stands at 10-1.

Next game for the frosh will be their only night game of the year – against San Rafael on Saturday at Albert Park at 6:30 PM.

 

Frosh Giants Take Care of Business Against Novato

4/4:  The frosh Giants improved their record to 9-1 with a 6-1 victory at Novato.

Jake Zesiger started for the Giants and held Novato to one run over his four innings.  The Giants scored single runs in the second, third and fourth innings on an RBI single by Jack Watson, an RBI triple by Mikey Bender and an RBI single by Ethan Crawford.

The Giants got strong outfield defense from Ben Cohen and Thomas Johnson, each of whom covered serious outfield real estate to make tough running catches in center and right.

The Giants added two runs in the top of the fifth to make the score 5-1.  Bodie Jehling drove in the first run with an RBI single.  With Bender on third and Jehling on first, Jehling took off for second before the Novato pitcher came home, getting himself into a rundown.  While the Novato infield was distracted by Jehling, Bender raced home from third with the fifth run of the game for the Giants.

Zane Kempler relieved Zesiger in the bottom of the fifth and pitched flawlessly, giving up only one hit over the final three innings while striking out three.

The Giants added their final run in the top of the sixth, with Bender driving Kempler home on a single to center.  Bender led the Giants offensively on the day, going three for three with a walk to boot.

The frosh are off until next Friday, April 13.  On that date they play Campolindo in Moraga at 4:00 PM.  The next evening, Saturday, April 14, the Giants will take on San Rafael under the lights at Albert Park (first pitch 6:30 PM).