4/25: In the make-up of the Friday rainout, the Varsity Giants blanked the San Rafael Bulldogs on the road on a windy day on Monday in San Rafael. Zach Cohen fired his second complete-game shut out in seven days. “If they don’t score, they can’t beat you, this is our second shut-out in a row. The best thing is that we have three games this week. We didn’t have to go to the bullpen and keep their arms fresh with Cohen taking all seven innings today,” Coach Firenzi said after the game. Cohen now has four shut-outs on the year and has dropped his ERA to a MCAL league leading 0.74. Cohen fanned nine Bulldog hitters while just walking two.
The Giants didn’t see a run cross the plate themselves until the top of the fourth inning when Eric Doctor hit a bomb to right field that may have been held up by the wind, but ended bouncing off of the bottom of the wall and landing Doctor on third. Clean-up hitter Aubrey Sine belted a grounder to third that was too hot to handle, scoring Doctor. Henry Zeilser followed with a single to right and Zach Cohen singled to center loading the bases. Zach Kopstein singled to right, moving the line, scoring Sine from third for their second run of the inning. Josh Cohen then kept the rally going by hitting a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Zeisler from third putting the Giants up 3-0.
After the long awaited rally inning in the top of the fourth, Redwood scored again in the top of the fifth after Eric Doctor reached first on a mis-played wind-blown fly ball to right. Henry Zeisler followed with a line drive down the third baseline that travelled over the corner of the bag but landed three feet foul due to the side-spin the left-handed hitter put on the outside pitch, scoring Doctor.
Cohen worked through the last three innings, relying on his solid defense highlighted by two inning-ending double plays. The first was initiated in the fifth inning by Zack Kopstein who tagged his bag on a grounder down the line and fired a perfect strike to shortstop Pascal Brassey who dropped the tag to log the ‘twin killing’. The game ended on tailor-made Nic Gillies to Brassey to Kopstein (6-4-3) double play.
Nicolas Belgum, Eric Doctor and Zack Kopstein had a hit each while the “hot-hitting left-handers” Hank Zeisler and Zach Cohen added two hits apiece to the Giants seven hit total. Aubrey Sine, Josh Cohen, Zeisler, and Kopstein were responsible for knocking in the Giants four runs.
Redwood has a quick turn-around as they are on the road tomorrow against the Novato Hornets.