5/12: Win 4-3 vs. Justin-Siena @ Home

IMG_2571If the Giants win, they clinch the MCAL and take the #1 seed into the MCAL Playoffs. If they lose, the Giants take a 1 game lead over Marin Catholic going into their game on Thursday. The last time they faced the Braves, Sophomore Aubrey Sine carried Redwood to a victory, banging 2 home runs while earning “Prep of the Week” honors. The Braves banged 10 hits in that game while scoring 8 runs, the most runs scored against Redwood all year. The Braves came out hitting, and scored 2 runs in the first. The Giants hit the ball hard, but every hard hit seemed to end up in the glove of the Braves. Fast forward to the bottom of the 4th, with the Giants down 2-0. Redwood fans were nervous as nothing seemed to be going the Giants’ way. But no one on the field was calmer than Head Coach Mike Firenzi, “We just need one run this inning, we are hitting the ball hard and soon hits are going to drop” he said as the inning started. And sure enough they did. With 1 out, Aubrey Sine doubled to right. Eric Doctor followed with a single putting runners on 1st and 3rd. Adam Hussain then rocked a 0-1 pitch for a triple over the center fielder’s head, tying the game 2-2. Zach Cohen banged the 4th Giants hit in a row, doubling to center. Giants 3, Braves 2. After the Braves scored in the top of the 6th, the Giants answered in a big way. After 2 quick outs, Zach Cohen singled to right. Firenzi then went to the deep Redwood bench as entered the speedy Danny Avins to pinch run and the stout Matt Blankenship to pinch-hit. With the count 0-2, Matt hit a seed down the right field line, scoring Avins from 1st and putting the Giants ahead, 4-3. Tyler Peck shut the Braves down in the top of the 7th, earning the complete-game win, his 9th win of the season, thanks to a game-saving diving stop by 1st baseman Zach Kopstein…”The Giants win the pennant!”. Redwood travels to Marin Catholic to finish out the regular season on Thursday.

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