After dropping 2 of their first 3 games of the 2nd half of the MCAL season, the Giants needed to ride the momentum of their 11-0 win against Novato on Friday into one of the most important games of the season. Drake (10-3) came in to the game with a 5 game winning streak, the longest current winning streak in the league. They also would start their pitching ace, Will Martel, who holds the #3 rank for wins in the MCAL with a 6-3 record. The Pirates unfortunately would face Redwood’s Tyler Peck, who holds the #2 spot with a 7-1 record and a Giants line-up that has been on fire lately. Drake jumped on top early scoring a run in the top of the first. Redwood answered in the bottom of the 1st when Eric Doctor had an RBI single, scoring Parker Laret. Aaron Dorfler doubled in the bottom of the 2nd, scoring Zach Kopstien and later scored on a Riley Overend fielder’s choice putting the Giants ahead 3-1. Drake scored a run in the top of the 3rd, bringing the score to 2-3.
Redwood blew the game open in the bottom of the 6th when Eric Doctor led off the inning by launching a seed to center for a triple. Adam Hussain knocked him in with a sacrifice fly. Riley Overend would later single in Nick Gillies, putting the Giants ahead 5-2. Later in the inning, with the bases loaded, Parker Laret rocked the first pitch he saw from Martel over the center fielder’s head, scoring Aaron Dorfler, Devon Pence and Riley Overend. Redwood 8, Drake 2. Tyler Peck finished strong, striking out 2 of the last 3 Pirate hitters. Peck struck out 8 and earned the complete game victory, his 8th of the year. Redwood faces San Rafael on the road on Thursday.