Freshman Giants Hold on to Defeat Tam to Open MCAL Season

3/13:  It looked like the Giants were going to cruise to an easy victory when they scored three runs in the first, after Tyler Blair led off the game by…yes…getting hit by a pitch, Charlie Welch walked and Luca Bove made both free passes sting when he sent a 1-0 fastball to right, scoring Blair and Welch.  Zach Johnson would later knock Bove in for the third run of the inning.  Starting pitcher Cole McGowan sent the Red-Tailed Hawks down in order in the bottom of the frame.

Nick Gehrman led off the top of the second with a single and Matthew Jessen followed suit, with a single to right.  Charlie Welch didn’t waste any time roping a double to center, scoring both runners to put the Giants up 5-0.  After Luca Bove was awarded first for…yes…getting hit by a pitch, Welch and Bove executed a double steal, setting the table for Connor Yang.  Yang hit a hot smash that was mishandled by the third baseman, scoring Welch.  Kent Goodman added an RBI, on a single to right, knocking in Bove.  Zach Johnson tallied his second RBI on the day, knocking in Yang, to put the Giants up 8-0.  After running into a little trouble, McGowan was lifted for Will Davis who had a perfect line, two and a third innings pitched, no hits, no walks, and three strike-outs.    The Giants headed into the top of the fourth leading by five (8-3), but wouldn’t stop there.

Luca Bove led off the top of the fourth inning by…yes…getting hit by a pitch and would steal second and advance to third on a passed ball to Connor Yang, who took the count to 3-2 and then walked.  After two quick outs, Will Davis would help his own cause and walk to load the bases.  Nick Gehrman would notch an RBI by taking a bases loaded walk, scoring Yang.  Matthew Jessen sent the Giants tally into double-digits with a single to center, scoring Goodman and putting the Giants up, 10-3.  Redwood scored another run in the top of the fifth.  Back-to-back singles by Kai Christman and Luca Bove started the inning.  Jack Piediscalzi reached on error to load the bases.  Kent Goodman sent Christman home by talking a walk, putting the Giants up 11-3.

Tam fought back, scoring two runs in the fifth, three more in the sixth to take the game to the final frame with the Giants up 11-8.  Tam would score two more in the bottom of the seventh, but Tyler Blair would earn the save, ending the game with a put-out as he hustled to cover first from the mound on a grounder to first baseman Nick Gehrman, to record the final out of the game.

Welch, Christman Goodman, Gehrman each had a hit, while Jessen, Johnson, and Bove had two hits each.

The Freshman Giants are scheduled to host the rain make-up game against the San Marin Mustangs tomorrow at Endriss Field.

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