JV Giants Late Inning Comeback Topples Drake

3/19: Having been stymied on offense for most of the game, the JV Giants mounted a two-run sixth inning rally to take a 3-2 victory over a game Drake squad at Moody Field on Tuesday. The Giants record for the season now stands at 6-1 (4-0 in MCAL play).

Mikey Bender got the start on the mound for the Giants and was effective again, going 5 and 2/3 innings and giving up only two runs (one earned) while striking out six.

Meanwhile, the Giants were unable to get much of anything going offensively against Drake lefty starter Emery Huebner. Huebner was featuring a submarine-style delivery and a two-seam fastball that while not much to write home about velocity-wise, had some screwball movement running away from the Giants righty hitters that had them consistently off-balance and making weak contact. Through five and a half innings, Drake was on top 2-1 and things were not looking great for Redwood.

But the Giants would turn things around in the bottom of the sixth. Asher Jacobs led off with a hard ground ball that was too hot to handle for the Drake third baseman. Jacobs advanced to second on a ground out by Thomas Johnson. Charlie Ginsburg followed with a bloop to center that fell in for a hit, but Jacobs, initially fearing the ball would be caught, was unable to advance.

That looked like it might hurt when Ethan Crawford followed with a fly out to center field that would have been deep enough to score Jacobs from third and tie the game had he been there, but as things stood the Giants had runners on first and second with two outs. Bender followed with another hot grounder that ate up Drake’s third baseman and the bases were loaded.

Sam Rice picked a good time for the hardest hit ball of the game for the Giants, as he drilled a line drive single to right to plate Jacobs and Ginsburg and put the Giants ahead 3-2.

Rice, who had relieved Bender in the top of the sixth, remained in to try to close out the game in the top of the seventh. Drake’s second baseman Sam Heimerdinger had other ideas, however, as he lined a one-out double down the left field line.

But Sam McIntosh came to the rescue with the defensive play of the game. With Heimerdinger stealing on the pitch, Rice uncorked a scud that bounced a foot in front of the plate. McIntosh not only blocked the pitch, but fielded it cleanly, popped to his feet quickly and threw a strike to third to nab Heimerdinger and snuff out the Drake rally. Rice ended it shortly thereafter with a strikeout – final score 3-2 Giants.

The Giants have plenty of time to regroup from this nailbiter of a game as they don’t play again until next Tuesday, March 26 against Terra Linda. First pitch 4:30 pm at Moody Field.

Varsity Handles Novato 10 to 1

3/15: The Giants visited Novato High School Friday evening and won handedly – 10 to 1.

Felder fires a fastball for a strike

Senior, Kyle Felder, started for the Giants and threw four innings of two hit baseball, striking out three. Offensively, Redwood wasted no time and scored three runs in the top of the first inning. Second baseman, Genki LeClair, induced a walk to start the game. He would go on to steal second base before center fielder, Lucas Roy, would put the ball in play to the Hornet second baseman, easily scoring LeClair. Roy stole second and would be advanced to third base by a ground ball hit by Jackson Barry. Nick Welch was walked and would take second base after another Hornet error, scoring Roy (2-0). Alex Hagen singled up the middle, scoring Welch (3-0).

Hagen ropes a single as his teammates look on

Redwood would concede one run in the bottom of the second, then run away with the contest. The Giants scored runs in the third and fourth innings, two in the fifth, and three in the sixth to conclude their ten-hit performance. Head coach, Mike Firenzi, played most of his players, giving the entire squad game time experience. The Giants improved their defensive performance, committing only one error.

Giants pitching was once again sound, conceding only two hits, five walks and a run between Kyle Felder, Ben Cohen, and Jackson Bender. On offense, Jesse Gassman and Jack Morken led the Giants with two hits each, with Morken hitting his third triple in two games.

Morken strokes his third triple in two games

Haiden Jones drove in one run in the fifth inning after a six-pitch battle. Zack Gordon started at shortstop and played error free ball, making several clean plays for outs while getting a hit and scoring two runs. Sam Warren accounted for the final giant hit with a double in the bottom of the fourth.

The Varsity Giants play next at Drake High School on Tuesday March 19th. Nick Welch is scheduled to start. First pitch – 4:30 p.m.

JV Giants Sweep Novato Schools

3/13:  The JV Giants hung on for a 6-4 victory over San Marin at Endriss Field.

Sam Rice took the starting assignment on the mound versus the Mustangs of San Marin and pitched four strong innings, striking out five.  The left-hander also displayed a deceptive pickoff move, which he utilized to pickoff three San Marin baserunners.

After scoring an unearned run in the bottom of the first, the Giants scored twice in each of the third and fourth innings, highlighted by an RBI single from Ethan Crawford and through four the Giants led 5-1.

San Marin rallied in the top of the fifth off of reliever Charlie Ginsburg, who battled through command issues and some shaky defense behind him to limit the Mustangs to three runs, stranding the tying and go ahead runs on first and third to end the inning.

The Giants scored an important insurance run in the bottom half on consecutive two-out doubles by Tommy Quanstrom and Rice, and Ginsburg went the rest of the way to close out a 6-4 win.

The Giants were led in hits on the day by Rice with two and in runs scored by Ginsburg with three.


3/15:  On a sunny and warm Friday afternoon at Moody Field, the Giants rolled to a 15-0 win over an overmatched Novato squad.

Tommy Quantsrom got the start on the mound and was extremely sharp, striking out ten Novato batters over four innings of shutout ball.

This one was over quickly, as the Giants tallied nine runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back.  Mikey Bender led the hit parade with three hits and five RBIs, Charlie Ginsburg took the team high in runs scored for the game with three and Sam McIntosh padded his season’s lead in getting hit by pitches by wearing it twice.

Thomas Johnson relieved Quanstrom in the top of the fifth to close out the game, which ended by mercy rule after the top of the fifth.

Next up for the Giants is Drake on Tuesday, March 19.  First pitch 4:30 PM at Moody Field.

Freshman Goodman gets Complete-Game Victory Against San Marin

3/14:  After watching his older brother’s Varsity Giants drop their conference opener against San Marin earlier in the week, Freshman Kent Goodman would retaliate with a complete game win today.  Goodman yielded only one earned run, striking out nine in the Giants 3-2 victory today at Endriss Field.

After giving up a run on a passed ball in the top of the first, Redwood scored two runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead.  Charlie Welch banged a one out single and advanced to scoring position on a botched pick-off attempt to start the rally.  Luca Bove induced another error, reaching first and sending Welch to third.  Connor Yang sent Welch home on a fly to center that was mis-played, putting runners on first and second.  Bove and Yang advanced on a passed ball, and Kent Goodman helped his own cause by hitting a grounder to short, scoring Bove, putting the Giants up 2-1.

The Mustangs tied the score in the top of the fourth, on a two-out single to center.  Goodman and the Giants defense held strong and with the scored notched at 2-2, Redwood would take the lead in the bottom of the sixth.  With one out, Kent Goodman reached first by…yes…getting hit by a pitch.  Zach Johnson followed with a single to center.  Kai Christman loaded the bases on an error by the third baseman, setting the table for pinch-hitter Nick Gerhman.  Goodman scored the go-ahead run on a balk by the pitcher, putting the Giants up 3-2.  Goodman shut down the Mustangs in the top of the inning to earn the complete game victory.

Goodman was responsible for two of the Giants runs, scoring in the sixth with an RBI on the day.  Tyler Blair, Charlie Welch, Zach Johnson and Matthew Jessen combined for the four Giants hits.

The Freshman Giants host Vanden in a pre-season rain make-up on Saturday at Endriss Field.

Freshman Giants Hold on to Defeat Tam to Open MCAL Season

3/13:  It looked like the Giants were going to cruise to an easy victory when they scored three runs in the first, after Tyler Blair led off the game by…yes…getting hit by a pitch, Charlie Welch walked and Luca Bove made both free passes sting when he sent a 1-0 fastball to right, scoring Blair and Welch.  Zach Johnson would later knock Bove in for the third run of the inning.  Starting pitcher Cole McGowan sent the Red-Tailed Hawks down in order in the bottom of the frame.

Nick Gehrman led off the top of the second with a single and Matthew Jessen followed suit, with a single to right.  Charlie Welch didn’t waste any time roping a double to center, scoring both runners to put the Giants up 5-0.  After Luca Bove was awarded first for…yes…getting hit by a pitch, Welch and Bove executed a double steal, setting the table for Connor Yang.  Yang hit a hot smash that was mishandled by the third baseman, scoring Welch.  Kent Goodman added an RBI, on a single to right, knocking in Bove.  Zach Johnson tallied his second RBI on the day, knocking in Yang, to put the Giants up 8-0.  After running into a little trouble, McGowan was lifted for Will Davis who had a perfect line, two and a third innings pitched, no hits, no walks, and three strike-outs.    The Giants headed into the top of the fourth leading by five (8-3), but wouldn’t stop there.

Luca Bove led off the top of the fourth inning by…yes…getting hit by a pitch and would steal second and advance to third on a passed ball to Connor Yang, who took the count to 3-2 and then walked.  After two quick outs, Will Davis would help his own cause and walk to load the bases.  Nick Gehrman would notch an RBI by taking a bases loaded walk, scoring Yang.  Matthew Jessen sent the Giants tally into double-digits with a single to center, scoring Goodman and putting the Giants up, 10-3.  Redwood scored another run in the top of the fifth.  Back-to-back singles by Kai Christman and Luca Bove started the inning.  Jack Piediscalzi reached on error to load the bases.  Kent Goodman sent Christman home by talking a walk, putting the Giants up 11-3.

Tam fought back, scoring two runs in the fifth, three more in the sixth to take the game to the final frame with the Giants up 11-8.  Tam would score two more in the bottom of the seventh, but Tyler Blair would earn the save, ending the game with a put-out as he hustled to cover first from the mound on a grounder to first baseman Nick Gehrman, to record the final out of the game.

Welch, Christman Goodman, Gehrman each had a hit, while Jessen, Johnson, and Bove had two hits each.

The Freshman Giants are scheduled to host the rain make-up game against the San Marin Mustangs tomorrow at Endriss Field.

Giant Comeback Falls Short in Loss to Tam


Nick Welch pitched good enough for the win

The Giants started off relatively sharp the first three innings of Tuesday night’s matchup against Tam high school. Starting pitcher, Nick Welch, was throwing hard, striking out six batters through the first three innings.

Genki LeClair makes an over-the-shoulder catch

Even after an early error in the bottom of the second inning, the Giants second baseman, Genki LeClair, made an exceptional over the shoulder catch in shallow right field, doubling up the runner at first base who underestimated LeClair’s ability to track down the troublesome blooper. The Giants had early opportunities to score as well. In the bottom of the second, first baseman, Jack Morken, blasted a ball to right field in route to a triple. With only one out, the Giants were unable to score Morken.

Tam would score first in the top of the fourth inning with a couple of doubles. Redwood would respond with hits by Lucas Roy and Jackson Barry, leaving runners at the corners with no outs. Next, Head coach, Mike Firenzi, called for a squeeze play but Roy was tagged out at home on the fielder’s choice. With the threat at third eliminated, a deep fly ball out to center field by Morken would fail to advance the two runners on base. The Giants could not equalize in the fourth.

The Giants troubles began in the top of the fifth when a slew of fielding errors allowed the Hawks to plate two runs (0-3). Jared Robinow would enter the game in the bottom half and force a seven pitch walk to get on base, but the Giants could not advance the speedy Robinow.

In the top of the sixth inning, Tam would score two more unearned runs (0-5). The Giants finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth. Center fielder, Lucas Roy, lead off with a single up the middle. Jackson Barry then singled to left field, advancing Roy. J. Gassman would enter as a courtesy runner for Barry. Drake Goodman was then walked, loading the bases. Jack Morken was also walked, scoring Roy (1-5). Sam Warren then hit a line drive to right field, scoring Gassman (2-5). Jared Robinow bunted the ball down first base, scoring Goodman (3-5). Matt Birchenough entered the game and hit the ball toward third base but was narrowly called out at first base to end the inning.

The Giants would unfortunately surrender three more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on walks and fielding errors. Down but not out, the Giants would mount another comeback. Genki LeClair lead off with a line drive single to left field. Jackson Barry then hit a fielder’s choice to third, advancing LeClair to third base and leaving Barry on first after an error by the Tam first baseman. Alex Hagen then singled to right field, scoring LeClair (4-8). Barry would get stuck in no-mans’ land on the fly ball, eventually getting tagged out at second.

Jack Morken blasts his 2nd triple

With two outs, Jack Morken hit his second triple of the day, scoring Hagen (5-8). Jake Gassman would walk, leaving the tying run at the plate. The game would end on a high fly ball to center field. Final Score: 5-8

Notables: Jack Morken (2 Triples, 1BB, 2RBI), Jackson Barry (2H), Lucas Roy (2H, 1R), Sam Warren (1H, 1RBI), Genki LeClair (1H, 1Run), Jared Robinow (1RBI).

Varsity play next at Novato High on Friday the 15th. First pitch 4:30 p.m.

Bender, JV Giants Cruise Past Tam in MCAL Opener

3/12:  Following a rain-shortened non-conference schedule that saw them go 2-1, the JV Giants opened up MCAL play in strong fashion with an 8-0 road victory over Tamalpais to run their record to 3-1.

Mikey Bender started on the mound for the Giants and overpowered the Tam hitters, striking out seven over 5 1/3 innings.  Bender also managed to pick two Tam runners off of first base in his stint on the mound.

After four scoreless innings, the Giants put up crooked numbers in the fifth and sixth innings.  A four-run fifth inning was highlighted by RBI singles from Sam Rice and Thomas Johnson, and the Giants added three more in the sixth inning on a two-RBI double by Charlie Ginsburg and an RBI single from Parker McMillan.  Isaak Irmini-Kreft drove in Jack Bober with an RBI single in the top of the seventh for the Giants’ final run.

Ginsburg closed the game for the Giants with three strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings on the bump.

Tommy Quanstrom, Irmini-Kreft and Rice led the Giants in hits on the day with two apiece.

Quick turnaround for the Giants as they play at home against San Marin on Wednesday, March 13 in the makeup of a previously rained out contest.  Game is at 4:30 at Endriss Field.

Giants Bounce Back as Bats Come Alive

3/8:  After opening conference play with a tough loss, the Varsity Giants bounced back, putting up crooked numbers in the first three innings hosting the Branson Bulls today at Moody Field.

The Bulls threatened in the top of the first, loading the bases on two free passes and a hit batter, but starting pitcher Kyle Felder was able to work through it with help from his defense and himself, forcing a bases loaded grounder back to the box.  The Giants doubled their run total against San Marin in the first inning as after one out, a Lucas Roy single was followed by a single by Jackson Barry.  Nick Welch would single, scoring Roy to post the first Giants run.  Jack Morken would follow with the fourth hit in a row, sending Barry home, putting Redwood up 2-0.

Felder made quick work of the Bulls in the top of the second, sending them down 1-2-3.  Starting catcher Jake Gassman led off the bottom of the second with a single to center.  Gassman would advance to second on a wild pitch and steal third on the first pitch to Lucas Roy.  Roy then knocked Gassman home for his second hit on the day, putting the Giants up 3-0.  Roy would also steal third and score on a Jackson Barry sacrifice fly to center.  After two innings, Redwood 4 – Branson 0.

After a lead off single and a strike-out, Branson would cut the lead in half on a wind-aided, fly ball that cleared the wall in left.  Jackson Bender was hailed from the bullpen to stymy the Bulls threat, which he di in commanding fashion, inducing a fly out and ending the inning with a strike out.  Shortstop Jackson Reed led off the bottom of the frame with a walk, and Jake Gassman singled to right side, but Reed was cut down on a perfect throw to third.  Gassman went to third on a balk by the pitcher and was knocked home on a single by Genki LeClair.  After stealing second and third, LeClair then scored on a passed ball, putting the Giants up 6-2 after three innings.

Bender then sent the Bulls down in order, and the Giants followed suit, sending the game into the fifth inning.  Satoshi Miki led off the inning reaching first on an error.  After Miki stole second and third, Jake Gassman would tally his third hit on the day, roping a double to center, scoring Satoshi from third, putting the Giants up 7-2

Branson scored a run in the top of the sixth, but that would end up being all of the scoring for the day.  Four Giants pitchers (Kyle Felder, Jackson Bender, Ben Cohen, and Robbie Wilson) would combine for the win, holding the Bulls to three runs while striking out four and only walking two.  Genki LeClair, Jackson Barry, Nick Welch and Jack Morken all had a hit apiece, while Lucas Roy added two and Jake Gassman had a perfect day at the plate, going 3-3, scoring twice with an RBI.  The Giants stole a total of seven bases on the day.

The Giants scheduled game against Dublin will be rescheduled due to impending rain.  They will resume league play, hosting the Tamalpais Red-Tailed Hawks on Tuesday at 4:00pm at Moody Field.



Varsity Giants Drop MCAL Opener

3/7: Under gray skies the Varsity Baseball Team was unable to bounce back from an early deficit, despite out hitting the Mustangs eight to six. After conceding two early runs in the top of the first, Redwood would load the bases in the bottom half with hits by Lucas Roy and Jackson Barry and a walk issued to Jack Morken but were unable to take advantage of the early opportunity.

Jake Gassman shows off his perfect form

The Giants also had their chances to score in the fourth inning after starting pitcher, Nick Welch, lead off with a double to left field and Morken was hit by a pitch. With two men on and no outs, the Giants hit the ball hard, but right into the hands of the Mustangs defense and were kept off the scoreboard.

The Giants finally scored in the bottom of the sixth inning. Jackson Barry led off with a booming double to left-center field. Ben Cohen would enter the game and run for Barry. Drake Goodman then drove the ball to right field, scoring Cohen, but would be tagged out at second base. Matt Birchenough entered the game and singled to right field. Sam Warren then drove the ball safely to right field, but the rally would end as Birchenough got tagged out at third base to end the inning. Although Redwood outhit the Mustangs, they could not capitalize on their opportunities.

Drake Goodman bangs one of the Giants eight hits

Giants pitching (Welch, Bender, & Gassman) registered seven strikeouts on the day, giving up just one walk. On offense, Lucas Roy, Nick Welch, Matt Birchenough, Sam Warren & Satoshi Miki all had hits. Drake Goodman had the only RBI on the day and Jackson Barry lead all batters with two hits on the day.

“We won’t win a lot of games scoring just one run”,  Head Coach Mike Firenzi said after the game.  “We just can’t put that kind of pressure on the pitching staff if we want to win.”

The Varsity Giants resume MCAL play at home on Friday March 8th against Branson. First Pitch, 3:30 p.m. Senior, Kyle Felder, is the anticipated starter.

Varsity Pitchers Ring Up 11 Batters in First Loss of Season

3/1: Baseball is a very peculiar and difficult game. Statistically speaking, the Varsity Giants did well in two of the three key categories (hitting and pitching) which would have been enough to beat power house Casa Grande high school.  Uncharacteristically, it would be the Giants defense that let them down and as a result, Redwood fell to the Gauchos five to one in the last preseason game before MCAL league play begins next week. With a record of 3-1, Hall of Fame Head Coach, Mike Firenzi, has much to be excited about.  “We were off today but I’m not going to let this game get us down.  We had a great preseason and have a lot of good things to look back on, we also have a lot to build on and learn from our preseason.  I feel good about going into conference play, despite what happened today, we are ready.” Firenzi said after the game.

Senior Jackson Bender struck out five in two innings

Starting pitcher, Kyle Felder, threw two shutout innings, striking out three along the way. Senior, Jackson Bender, was exceptional through two innings of work, striking out five batters. Sophomore, Ben Cohen, was given two innings of work as well, striking out one. Junior ace, Nick Welch, had an inning of work before next weeks MCAL opener against San Marin. The Giants pitching staff is deep and healthy, which counts when it matters in May.

The Giants best opportunity to score came in the fourth inning. First baseman, Jack Morken, started things off with a hard hit single up the middle. Alex Hagen followed Morken with a deep blast into center field, moving Morken to third base. Senior, Sam Warren, did not hesitate and drove a line drive down the first base line, scoring Morken (1-3, Casa). Warren would go on to single in the sixth inning, tallying a team best two hits for the day.

The Giants stumbled defensively at critical times in the contest, committing six errors which accounted for four unearned runs that crossed the plate. There were also many athletic defensive plays in the field, but the weight of the fielding mistakes could not be lifted in effort to mount a comeback (Final Score: 5 to 1, Casa).

Senior Sam Warren led the team with two hits, knocking in the Giants lone run

Coach Firenzi has utilized all his players during the preseason. Platooning athletes into the outfield and infield, including the two Jakes behind the plate as he prepares the team for the long season ahead. The Giants are 3-1 and are well prepared for the 2019 MCAL season.

Todays notables: Sam Warren (2H, 1RBI); Jack Morken (1H, 1Run); Genki LeClair (1H); Zack Gordon (1H); Alex Hagen (1H).

The Varsity Giants start MCAL league play at home versus San Marin next Tuesday March 4th at Moody Field. First Pitch – 3:30 p.m. Go Giants!

Cohen, Welch, Defense, Shut Out Vanden

2/23: The varsity debut of the sophomore pitcher, Ben Cohen, was impressive. Standing on the hill for the first time in varsity shoes against the D1 Vanden Vikings, Cohen looked comfortable all afternoon.

Sophomore Ben Cohen fires a strike

Following in his two older brothers’ footsteps, the Giants pitcher threw six one-hit innings, ringing up three Vikings along the way. Despite the impressive performance by Cohen he would not get a decision, as  Redwood was locked in a zero-zero tie with the Vikings after six shutout innings of baseball.

The Giants had many opportunities to score in the early parts of the game but could never capitalize. They loaded the bases in the fourth inning with hard-hit balls and nifty bunts but left the runners on base. Each time the offense showed signs of life, the Vikings would find a way to kill the threat. The game was defined by good pitching and error-free defense. Catcher, Jake Nordstrom, helped Cohen along the way, throwing out a Viking baserunner at second base after Cohen threw a third strike for a double play.

Giants shortstop, Jackson Reed, was flawless in the middle, making several athletic plays at critical moments in the game. The game eventually went into extra innings. The designated hitter, Nick Welch, was given the ball in the seventh inning to stymie any hope of a Vikings walk-off victory.

Shortstop Jackson Reed was perfect in his seven chances in the field

In the top of the eighth, the Giants finally broke through. Now pitcher, Nick Welch, led the inning off with a double to right field. Satoshi Miki entered the game to run for Welch. Satoshi quickly took advantage of a wild pitch and stole third base. After, Matt Birchenough singled to right field, scoring Miki (1-0). Birch would promptly steal second, placing himself in scoring position for a newly activated left fielder, Jared Robinow. JR stepped up and singled to right field, moving Birchenough to third base. Jake Gassman then laid down a nice bunt, safely squeezing Birchenough across Homeplate (2-0). After, Jackson Reed got hit by a pitch, moving Robinow into scoring position. Red hot senior, Genki LeClair, ripped his third hit of the day, scoring Jared Robinow (3-0). The Vikings catcher then made a run-scoring mistake by throwing down to second base to pick off the speedy senior, Genki LeClair. With little hope of tagging LeClair, Jackson Reed did not hesitate and plated the Giants fourth run of the inning.

Pitcher, Nick Welch, would close the door on the Vikings to secure the victory. Final Score: 4-0.

Notables: Genki LeClair (3H,1RBI), Lucas Roy (1H), Nick Welch (1H), Matt Birchenough (1H,1Run, 1RBI), Jared Robinow (1H,1Run), Jake Gassman (1RBI), Jackson Reed (1Run), & Satoshi Miki (1Run).

The 3-0 Giants are scheduled to play Montgomery High School at home on Wednesday the 27th – weather permitting. Nick Welch is the projected starter. Go, Giants!

Four Run Third Propels Varsity Past Rancho Cotati

2/22:      The Giants varsity baseball team improved their pre-season record to 2-0 with a 5 to 1 victory over Rancho Cotati high school. Senior Kyle Felder, was back to form, throwing five innings of shutout baseball. Felder rung up four Cougars while giving up just one walk.

Firenzi waves pinch-runner Zach Gordon home on a Jack Morken single for the Giants fourth run

Redwood’s outburst of offense in the bottom of the third was all it would take to secure the win. Left-fielder, Sam Warren, got things started with a hard-hit ball to left field. Warren would go on to steal second base. Next, after showing bunt, catcher Jake Nordstrom stood up and drove a high fast ball to right field leaving runners on the corners. Shortstop, Jackson Reed, got the Giants on the board with a single to left, scoring Warren (1-0). Center-fielder, Lucas Roy, then laid down a bunt, squeezing Nordstrom across the plate (2-0). Third baseman, Jackson Barry, drove the ball to left, scoring Reed (3-0). Zach Gordon entered the game to run for Barry. First baseman, Jack Morken, joined the hit parade with a shot to center, scoring Gordon from second base (4-0).

In the fifth inning, second baseman, Genki LeClair, led off with a hard-hit ball down the first base line. LeClair would easily steal second base then make his way to third. Nick Welch then drove the ball into deep left-center field, allowing LeClair to easily tag up and head home (5-0). Jackson Barry was given a free base after being hit by a pitch. Barry would go on to successfully steal second, giving his teammates in the dugout much to cheer about.

Alex Hagen entered the game in the sixth inning in relief of Felder. Hagen enticed a ground ball from the Rancho hitter, allowing third baseman, Jackson Barry, to field it cleanly, tag his base and throw out the runner at first. Barry and Morken have combined for two double plays in as many games.

Matthew Smallbach and Jesse Gassman also pitched in relief of Felder. With the Cougars threatening to score, Gassman picked off the runner at second to the end the last real scoring opportunity for Rancho Cotati.

Senior Kyle Felder earned the win, yielding just two hits while striking out four in five shut-out innings

Giants pitching gave up only four hits and one run. Kyle Felder earned the win. Offensively, Jake Nordstrom had two hits on the day and scored a run. Other notables were: Genki LeClair (1H, 1Run), Jackson Barry (1H,1RBI), Jack Morken (1H,1RBI), Nick Welch (1RBI), Sam Warren (1H,1Run), Jackson Reed (1H,1Run,1RBI) and Zach Gordon (1 Run). Final Score: 5-1, Giants.

“It wasn’t flashy”, Firenzi said after the game, “We scored five runs without getting an extra base hit. Our pitchers have given up just two runs in two games and are playing defense.  That’s a great combination when you are executing like we are at the plate.”

The Giants play Vanden High School in Fairfield tomorrow (2/23) at 12 noon. Ben Cohen is expected to get the start.

Freshman Score Thirteen for Second Win of the Year

2/23:  After dropping a twelve-pack of runs against Saint Ignatius. on Thursday, the Freshman Giants did one better, posting a baker’s dozen on the road against the Dublin Gaels today.  Despite being ahead 11-1 after four innings, Dublin does not have a ‘Mercy Rule’ so the teams battled for seven innings.  Redwood would end the day with thirteen runs, eight hits, and were flawless in the field as they had no errors.  Conversely, the Gaels had some issues navigating their own field as they ended with five errors on the day.

Colin Cunneen tags the runner on a pick-off play

The Giants used three pitchers with starting pitcher Kent Goodman pitching the first two innings, giving up just one run on two hits while fanning four.  Cole McGowan got the bulk of the load, pitching four strong innings, giving up just one hit and striking out six.  Lucas Atherton closed it out, giving up just one hit, striking out 2.  Together, they combined for twelve strike-outs.

At the plate, Redwood bats remained hot with six Giants getting hits, and what seems to have become a theme this year, three Giants were hit, taking a free pass (Connor Yang, Jack Piediscalzi, Matthew Jessen).  Connor Yang and Zach Johnson each had a hit while Charlie Welch, Tyler Blair and Luca Bove contributed two hits apiece to the Giants total.  Bove belted a triple, his second in two games.  Bove and Johnson led the team with three RBI’s each, on the day.

Luca Bove rips his second triple in two games

“This is the team I knew I had from day one.  Excellent pitching, timely hitting and zero errors”, Head Coach Taber Watson said after the game, “We’re going to be a hard team to beat.”

The Giants will start their MCAL campaign on Monday when they host Novato at Endriss field at 3:30pm.

Varsity Grinds Out 2-1 Victory over Vintage in Home Opener

2/20:   Head coach, Mike Firenzi and his reworked Varsity team began the defense of their 2018 MCAL championship with a hard-fought win over Napa’s Vintage high school, defeating the Crushers 2-1 on a cold aftenoon at Moody field.

Junior, Nick Welch, started on the hill for the Giants, throwing three full innings. Welch struck out six batters and conceded one run after 69 pitches.

Nick Welch fanned six just three innings of work

The Crushers took the lead in the second inning but that was short-lived. In the bottom of the third, Giants second basemen, Genki LeClair, led off the inning with a hard-hit bomb to right-center field. The speedy senior landed on third base with a stand-up triple. The Giants tied the game after center-fielder, Lucas Roy, dropped a beautiful bunt down the third base line, scoring LeClair (1-1). Next up, third baseman, Jackson Barry, lined the ball into left field, scoring Roy (2-1, Redwood). The Giants relied on big plays on defense and a steady bullpen to secure the victory in the 2019 home opener.

Lucas Roy drops a beautiful bunt on a high pitch to squeeze home the Giants first run

Pitcher, Matt Birchenough, relieved Welch in the fourth inning, picking off a runner at second with a nifty designed play with his middle infielders. The corners got involved next, when third baseman, Jackson Barry, snared a hard-hit ball, tagged third, then threw a short-hopped ball to first baseman, Jack Morken, for a critical double-play. The Giants found themselves in many tight situations all night but always found their way out.

Senior, Jackson Bender, pitched the fifth and sixth innings. Bender was sharp, striking out three while not allowing a run. The top of the fifth inning was highlighted when, with runners in scoring position, the Giants defense kept the Crushers off the scoreboard with a tremendous relay from left-fielder, Sam Warren, to shortstop, Jackson Reed, who fired a bullet to catcher, Jake Gassman, throwing the tying run out at home and preserving the one-run lead.

In the seventh inning, Jesse Gassman was given the ball to close out the game. After allowing one hit, Gassman closed the door on the Crushers by picking off a runner at second with no outs then striking out the remainder of the side.

The Giants offense finished with a total of seven hits: LeClair (2), Roy (1), Barry (1), Hagen (1), Warren (1), and Reed (1). Giants’ pitching combined for a total of eleven strikeouts while conceding just one run. This was a complete team win with contributions from 17 different players throughout the home opener.  “We executed today” Firenzi said after the game, “We bunted, had a hit-and-run, and we had a great relay play to cut off a run at the plate.  We have some things to work on, but I’m pleased with how we played today.”

Genki LeClair bangs one of his two hits on the day

The Varsity side resumes their pre-season schedule on Friday the 22nd when they host Rancho Cotate high school at Moody field. Senior, Kyle Felder, is scheduled to start for the Giants. First pitch: 3:30 p.m.

Big Third Inning Propels Freshman to First Victory

2/21:  The Giants bounced back posting their first win of the year in a commanding way beating St. Ignatius 12-2 in four and a half innings at Endriss Field. 

Staring pitcher Myles Kawashima sent the Wildcats down in order in the top of the first and after a couple of S.I. errors, Kent Goodman was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Zach Johnson made it hurt, roping a double to left, scoring Luca Bove and Connor Yang putting the Giants up 0-2 after one inning.

The Wildcats answered, after a couple of walks and a Giants error, S.I. plated their first run of the game.  The Giants would give S.I. their other run of the inning, walking home a run and tying the score 2-2.

The Giants scored ten runs in the bottom of the third.  Charlie Welch led off the inning with a single to left.  Luca Bove crushed the 2nd pitch he saw in the next at bat for a triple and a RBI.  Connor Yang knocked in Bove and reached on another S.I. error.  Kent Goodman singled to right and Zach Johnson continued the hit parade with a single to left.  Kent Goodman scored on a botched pick-off attempt and after Jack Piediscalzi walked, Matthew Jessen dropped a bunt, scoring Johnson.  The Giants had scored five runs before S.I. could record an out and come up for air.  Redwood’s first out of the inning proved to be productive one as Tyler Blair hit a fly to center that was deep enough to score Piediscalzi from third.  Cole McGowan followed with a walk, and a pitching change by the Wildcats would yield the same result, as Charlie Welch walked to load the bases.  Luca Bove would be the sixth batter in two games to get hit by a pitch, forcing Jessen home.  Connor Yang then hit back, this time forcing an error by the third baseman scoring McGowan.  Kent Goodman put the icing on the cake, rapping his second hit of the inning, plating Welch.  After the dust had settled, Redwood was up by ten runs, enacting the ‘Mercy Rule’. 

The Wildcats would need to score a run before the end of the fifth inning to continue play, but relief pitcher Tyler Blair and the Giants defense would not let that happen.  The game ended in the fifth.  “It was nice to get that first win out of the way.  Having been so hampered by rain, it was great to knock the rust off and get a good team win.” Head Coach Taber Watson said after the game.  The Giants combined for six hits (Welch, Bove, Goodman (2), Johnson (2)) and took advantage of nine Wildcat errors for the win.

The Giants are on the road to face Dublin on Saturday.