4/19: After suffering a deflating loss against San Marin before spring break (giving up only one earned run) Senior Zach Cohen came back strong, pitching a complete game shut-out against Justing Sienna. “This is by far the best game he has pitched all year”, Coach Firenzi said after the game, “He was efficient with his pitches and pitched ahead in the count the whole game.” Cohen threw only eighty pitches in seven innings and faced only twenty-three Justin batters. Of the twenty-three he faced, he started nineteen with a first-pitch strike.
The Giants scored two runs in support of Cohen and were near-perfect in the field, committing only one inconsequential error. After not seeing live (game) pitching for a week, the Giants bats were a bit quiet, as they combined for three hits (Nicolas Belgum, Zach Cohen and a double by Henry Zeisler). As a result, the game was over in one hour and fifteen minutes, barely enough time for Redwood fans to settle into their seats.
The Giants scored their first run in the third inning, after Nicolas Belgum singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice by Parker Laret. With two outs and Belgum on second, a crazy wild-pitch bounced high off of the plate and when the Justin catcher couldn’t find the ball, Firenzi waived Belgum home. The feed from the backstop was perfect and Belgum slid safely under the tag on a very close play at home. It was a fortunate bounce and the aggressive base-running move paid off, as the Giant batter at the plate when the run scored, ended up flying out to center field to end the inning.
The Giants scored an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Henry Zeisler reached base on an error and Zach Kopstein dropped a bunt that was fielded by the pitcher who sent the ball down the right field line. Henry scored all the way from first and Kopstein advanced to third on the throw home putting the Giants up 2-0 going into the top of the seventh. Redwood would, again, leave a runner in scoring position on an attempted drag bunt that ended the inning. “I wouldn’t say we are slumping at the plate…yet…this happens after the break sometimes. But we are leaving too many runners on base and in scoring position. I’m not worried, but check back after Friday. I’m confident we’ll break out this week.”, Firenzi said.
Cohen ended the game with a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the last batter he faced. Zach had six strike-outs on the day and dropped his ERA to .87 and upped his record to 4-2.
The Giants host Drake at home on Thursday. Drake gave Redwood a tough game in their MCAL opener and will likely send their Senior Ace, Randall Thornton to the mound to avenge his opening game loss. Redwood will counter with Senior Zack Kopstein who boasts a 5-1 season record.