3/14: After watching his older brother’s Varsity Giants drop their conference opener against San Marin earlier in the week, Freshman Kent Goodman would retaliate with a complete game win today. Goodman yielded only one earned run, striking out nine in the Giants 3-2 victory today at Endriss Field.
After giving up a run on a passed ball in the top of the first, Redwood scored two runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. Charlie Welch banged a one out single and advanced to scoring position on a botched pick-off attempt to start the rally. Luca Bove induced another error, reaching first and sending Welch to third. Connor Yang sent Welch home on a fly to center that was mis-played, putting runners on first and second. Bove and Yang advanced on a passed ball, and Kent Goodman helped his own cause by hitting a grounder to short, scoring Bove, putting the Giants up 2-1.
The Mustangs tied the score in the top of the fourth, on a two-out single to center. Goodman and the Giants defense held strong and with the scored notched at 2-2, Redwood would take the lead in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Kent Goodman reached first by…yes…getting hit by a pitch. Zach Johnson followed with a single to center. Kai Christman loaded the bases on an error by the third baseman, setting the table for pinch-hitter Nick Gerhman. Goodman scored the go-ahead run on a balk by the pitcher, putting the Giants up 3-2. Goodman shut down the Mustangs in the top of the inning to earn the complete game victory.
Goodman was responsible for two of the Giants runs, scoring in the sixth with an RBI on the day. Tyler Blair, Charlie Welch, Zach Johnson and Matthew Jessen combined for the four Giants hits.
The Freshman Giants host Vanden in a pre-season rain make-up on Saturday at Endriss Field.