March 30, 2016, Mill Valley, Tam High School: Giant Freshman win 11th straight The freshman baseball team notched their eleventh straight victory tonight, beating Tam High 11 to 0. Tonight, the Giants wasted no time disposing of the Hawks. Lead off batter, Nick Cook, got on base after being walked. Genki LeClair followed Cook with a hard hit opposite field single. Pitcher, Robbie Wilson, loaded the bases after laying down a perfect bunt and outrunning the throw to first base. With the bases loaded, the table was set for Redwoods’ cleanup batter, Jack Morken, to clear the bases with a hard hit double to right-center. 3-0 after one.
Thompson maintained his dominance on the hill by striking out two hawks in a three up three down bottom half of the first. The second inning began with Tam’s starting pitcher walking Ryan Jessen, who then stole his way to third. Nick Cook singled Jessen home to make the score 5-0. Cook was caught stealing second to clear the bases. Always a threat, Genki Leclair, laid down a text book bunt along the third base line. LeClair then stole his way to third base, setting up Robbie Thompson, who helped himself to a comfortable five run lead, by driving the ball to left-center, scoring LeClair. Thompson faced three batters and retired three batters to finish the second inning. 5-0 Giants after two innings.
The third inning started with Enzo Santa smashing the ball over the Hawk’s outfielders for a triple. Jackson Barry then drove the ball on his way to a stand-up double. Erik Simonson entered the game as a pinch runner for Barry. Dean Watson was walked before Ryan Jessen showed his small ball skills with a perfect bunt allowing the runners to advance. Erik Simonson alertly stole home after a wild pitch by the Hawks pitcher, giving Redwood a comfortable 7-0 lead. Nick Cook put the game out of reach by driving the ball up the middle, allowing Watson to score the final run of the inning. 8-0 Giants after three innings.
The Hawk’s only glimmer of offense came in the fourth inning. With a runner in scoring position, the Hawks finally got a hit, but their hopes for a run were dashed after center fielder, Jack Morken, gunned down the Tam base runner at third base with a dynamic throw from center field to third baseman Jackson Barry, ending the threat. The Giants were not finished in the fourth inning. With Robbie Thompson on base, Enzo Santa singled him home. (9-0 Giants) Morken, Barry and Watson were then walked, giving Morken an eventual free trip to home. (10-0 Giants after four.)
With the game out of reach, Sam Warren started off the fifth inning with a hard hit triple. Nick Cook put the Hawk’s out of their misery with an RBI single, scoring Warren and giving the Giants their third straight win by mercy and eleventh straight win. Notable stats by Nick Cook (2 for 3 hitting, 3 RBI’s), Genki LeClair (2 for 3 hitting, 3 runs), Robbie Wilson (2 for 3 hitting, 3 runs, 1 RBI, 5 IP, 7 k’s) Jack Morken (3 RBI’s, double, 1 run), Enzo Santa (2 for 3 hitting, 3 RBI’s, 1 run) and Jackson Barry (1 hit, 1 RBI).
The Giants take their undefeated show on the road tomorrow (March 31st) to take on Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa. 4 p.m. first pitch. The freshman finish their week on Friday, April 1st, down in San Mateo, where they will take on Serra at 4 p.m. GO GIANTS!