3/8: The Giants reached double-digits for the first time this year in the hit column, out-hitting the Montgomery Vikings 13-6 in their win at Moody Field on Tuesday. They also outscored the Vikings by 5 runs, their largest margin of victory in a non-league game this year. “We came out and hit the ball like we can today”, Coach Firenzi said. Seven Giants had hits, four had multiple hits, and five of their thirteen hits were for extra bases (all doubles).
Josh Cohen and Junior Henry Zeisler contributed three hits each. All three of Zeisler’s hits were doubles, the most exciting of which bounded off of the top-third of the right field wall. “…I just turned on the inside fastball. I thought it had a chance because the right fielder turned his head and didn’t move, he just watched it”, Zeisler said. Henry is another Giant who has been working with Coach Endriss. “He has really helped me, he simplifies everything, which I really like.” Coach Firenzi has been appreciative of the time Endriss has spent with his players this season, mostly because his players are learning and getting better. “I have seen a noticeable difference in our hitters since Coach Endriss has been working with our hitters”, Firenzi said.
Parket Laret had two hits with three RBI’s, Eric Doctor also had two hits, with Zach Cohen adding a hit and two RBI’s. The Sophomore tandem of Josh Cohen and Pascal Brassey added four hits, two doubles and three runs scored, with Cohen going 3-4.
Defensively, the Giants were flawless in the field through six innings. Aubrey Sine made an amazing over-the-shoulder catch in the 4th inning that would have likely scored a run and put the Vikings in striking distance.
Zack Kopstien earned his second win of the season, giving up just one run while striking out six. With the Giants up 10-1 going in to the top of the 7th, Zach Cohen came in to close out the game. A few walks, a few hits, and a dropped fly ball in the outfield led to four runs for the Vikings. But a nice relay throw and a controversial call at third resulted in the final out of the inning. Benches cleared after the play, but cooler heads prevailed and supportive post-game handshakes put the final stamp on the game. Giants 10, Vikings 5.
Redwood now takes their 3-1 record to Monte Vista at 3:30 on Friday. Monte Vista boasts a .356 batting average and a 1.00 earned run average in their three games this year. Weather permitting, this will truly be a tough test for the Giants.