4/28: Tommy Quanstrom, Mikey Bender and Jake Zesiger threw a combined five-inning no hitter on Saturday afternoon at Endriss, as the frosh Giants cruised to an 11-0 win over Monte Vista to improve their season record to 17-1.
The game was scoreless through two innings, but the Giants broke through with crooked numbers in the third and fourth innings. J.T. Dyer led off the bottom of the third with a double to right-center. After advancing to third on a single to left by Zesiger, Bodie Jehling brought Dyer home with a sacrifice fly to right. After walks to Charlie Ginsburg and Ben Cohen to load the bases, Sam McIntosh drove in a pair with a single to left. Ethan Crawford followed with a sacrifice fly and Quanstrom a single to left to plate two more runs. Bender closed out the scoring with a booming drive to left-center for a double, and after three innings the Giants led 6-0. Bender’s hit was very nearly the Giants’ first homer of the year, hitting half way up the fence on the fly.
The Giants put the game out of reach in the bottom of the fourth. After Thomas Johnson and Asher Jacobs reached on Monte Vista errors, Sam Rice brought Johnson home with a single to left. Jehling followed with an RBI single to score Jacobs. After Ginsburg was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Cohen followed with a hard grounder that took a bad hop and got through the Monte Vista shortstop. The ball then seemed to defy the laws of physics and pick up speed as it split the gap in left-center for the seldom seen ground ball triple to clear the bases.
Meanwhile, Quanstrom, Bender and Zesiger were holding down the Monte Vista offense with relative ease. Their no-hitter was saved in the top of the fourth by a terrific diving catch of a sinking liner to center by Jacobs and the game was called based on mercy rules after Zesiger closed out the top of the fifth.
On Monday, the Giants will be looking to avenge their only loss of the season against Tamalpais. First pitch is set for 4:30 PM at Tam.