3/26: The freshman Giants stormed back from an early 7-0 deficit to score a walk-off 10-9 win over Terra Linda on Ethan Crawford’s RBI single in the bottom of the seventh.
The Trojans jumped on the Giants with seven runs in the top of the first inning off of starting pitcher Asher Jacobs and Tommy Quanstrom, who relieved Jacobs. Both Jacobs and Quanstrom struggled with their command, and Terra Linda took full advantage of the seven walks and one hit batsman they were afforded in the inning. Ben Cohen relieved Quanstrom with the bases loaded and two outs and got a strike out to finally end the inning.
The Giants struck back for four runs of their own in the bottom of the first, with runs scoring on a major league pop fly off the bat of J.T. Dyer that was dropped by the Trojans’ second baseman, a wild pitch to score Cohen, a Mikey Bender groundout and a Sam McIntosh single.
After Cohen retired the Trojans in order in the top of the second, Thomas Johnson led off the bottom half and reached on an error by the TL shortstop. Johnson showed off his great speed by stealing second and then scoring all the way from second base on a Jack Watson infield single to the hole in deep short.
Terra Linda added two unearned runs off of Cohen in the top of the fourth and the game stood at 9-5 Terra Linda heading into the bottom of the fourth. In the bottom half, Cohen drove in Charlie Ginsburg with a single to right to cut the lead to 9-6.
With the score still at 9-6, McIntosh led off the bottom of the fifth and reached second on an error by the Trojans’ left fielder. Quanstrom then drove McIntosh home with a line shot to center that hit off the base of the wall. After Johnson was hit by a pitch, Ginsburg laid down a sac bunt to advance the runners to second and third. Crawford then singled sharply to center to plate Quanstrom and Johnson and tie the game at 9-9.
Cohen finished his day on the mound strongly, retiring the Trojans in order in the top of the sixth with a pair of strikeouts. Cohen’s effort was a lifesaver today for the Giants – in 5 and 1/3 innings he gave up no earned runs and struck out 10 Trojan batters.
Not to be outdone, Dyer relieved Cohen in the top of the seventh with the game still knotted at 9-9 and struck out the side.
Ginsburg got things started for the Giants in the bottom of the seventh with a one-out single to center and a steal of second base. Crawford then drove a single to right to score Ginsburg and give the Giants the victory.
Next up for the 5-0 Giants is Cardinal Newman – the game will be played on Tuesday at 3:00 PM at Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa. The Giants then return to Endriss Field for a game against Tamalpais at 4:30 PM on Wednesday.