Frosh Giants Jump MC Early, Hang on for Win

3/31: The frosh Giants bounced back from their first loss of the season at Marin Catholic on Saturday, defeating the Wildcats by a score of 10-5. The Giants put eight runs on the board in the first two innings, and survived a late inning scare to run their season record to 7-1.

Ben Cohen got things started on offense in the top of the first with a one out walk and then advanced to third on an errant pickoff throw. With two outs and Cohen still at third, Ethan Crawford lined a sharp single to center to score Cohen. RBI singles from Tommy Quanstrom and Jake Zesiger followed, and the Giants led 3-0 after one inning.

In the top of the second, Asher Jacobs and Bodie Jehling led off with walks. Charlie Ginsburg was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. Cohen followed with a walk of his own to bring in a run. With one out and the bases still loaded, Crawford doubled to left center to plate two runs. After a walk to Quanstrom, Zesiger reached on an error by MC’s shortstop that brought home Sam McInstosh, who had reached on a fielder’s choice groundout. Jacobs then drew another bases loaded walk to push across the final run of the inning. When it was over, the Giants were up 8-0.

Cohen started on the hill for the Giants and breezed through two innings. With the lead at 8-0 at that point, manager Taber Watson turned things over the bullpen, getting an inning apiece from Dillon Jensen, Mikey Bender and McIntosh. Zesiger came on in relief in the bottom of the sixth and struck out the side. The Giants added a run in the fourth on a Parker McMillan infield single to score J.T. Dyer, and heading into the seventh, the score was 9-5 in favor of the Giants.

In the top of the seventh, Crawford singled in Cohen to make it 10-5. Crawford was the hitting star of the day for the Giants, going 3-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored.

The Wildcats made things interesting in their last at-bat, putting two runners on with two outs off of Zesiger, but MC’s bid to keep the inning going was denied by center fielder Jacobs, who made an outstanding diving catch of a sinking liner to end the game.

Next up for the frosh is San Marin on Tuesday, April 3 (4:30 PM at Endriss Field). This is the makeup game from the earlier Redwood-San Marin game that was rained out. The game will be replayed in its entirety (as opposed to resumed from the point at which the prior game was called off). Before adjourning for Spring Break, on Wednesday, April 4 the Giants will play Novato at San Jose Middle School in Novato at 4:30 PM.

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