Freshman Use Eighteen Players in Rout of Justin-Siena April 19, 2016, Napa, CA.- Head coach Tabor Watson platooned eighteen different Giants in six innings to secure a 11-0 shutout of the Justin-Siena Braves. Robbie Wilson started on the hill for the visiting Giants. Wilson had a big cushion to work with from the start as lead-off man, Genki LeClair, forced a walk. In typical fashion, LeClair promptly stole second and third base. Starting in right-field, Kyle Felder, drew the second walk of the contest in as many batters. Felder made short work of stealing second. Third baseman, Jackson Barry, finally got a pitch to hit and drove the ball to left-center for a stand up double, scoring Leclair and Felder. Barry then stole third base putting him in scoring position for Jacob Klionsky, who hit a stand-up double, scoring Barry. (3-0 after one inning of play).
Wilson gave up a hit before settling down and confusing his opponents in three innings of work. The Giants resumed their run production in the third inning. Both LeClair and Wilson were hit by pitches. Jackson Barry and Jacob Klionsky stayed hot with follow-up singles scoring LeClair and Wilson. (5-0) Jared Robinow set down an effective bunt to advance the runners. Ryan Jessen was then walked, leaving a first and third situation for the Brave’s pitcher. Jessen lured the pitcher off the hill by taking off to second early, leaving home base open for Jacob Klionsky to steal and Jessen safe at second. (6-0 after three innings)
Erik Simonson came in to pitch the fourth and fifth innings, keeping the shutout alive. Bryce Jehling, Zack Gordon and Thomas Durtchi also entered the game. In the sixth inning, Zack Gordon lead off with a hard hit ball over the third baseman’s head. Gordon wasted no time in stealing second. Thomas Durtchi then stepped up to the plate and hit a ground ball through the Braves shortstops legs, scoring Gordon from second. (7-0) Kyle Felder followed up with a single. With runners at first and second, Dean Watson came to the plate and smashed a hard line drive off the pitchers foot, deflecting the ball to the third baseman and forcing Durtchi out at third. Jake Nordstrom joined the Hit by Pitch club to load the bases for Enzo Santa. The struggling Braves then walked Enzo, making it 8-0 Giants. A wild pitch followed, allowing Dean Watson to steal home (9-0). Ryan Jessen added a hit to the run-away sixth. The scoring finally ended after center-fielder, Jared Robinow, scorched a ball to right field, scoring Enzo Santa and Jake Nordstrom. (11-0)
Haiden Jones closed out the match with a come-backer for one out and giving his defense a ground ball to execute the game ending double-play. Final score: 11-0 Giants. Notable stats: Coach Watson used eighteen of his players to secure the Giants fourth merciful victory. Robbie Wilson, Erik Simonson and Haiden Jones, combined, threw just 82 pitches in six innings to record the shutout. The Giants will take on Drake High School today (4/20) at Drake. 4:30 first pitch. GO GIANTS!