5/7: The Varsity baseball team did an about-face on Tuesday night, beating Marin Catholic by a score of 4-1, earning Head Coach Mike Firenzi his 450th victory. After losing handily to their main rival four days before, Head Coach, Mike Firenzi, had his squad ready to play before tonight’s match, with the main attraction being junior pitcher – Nick Welch. Welch rebounded from last Thursday’s loss with a convincing six inning two hit performance, carrying a no hitter into the fifth inning against a talented MC offense. Welch struck out four during his impressive outing.
Offensively, the Giant’s struck first in the top of the second inning. Lucas Roy got on base with a single to second base – beating out the throw. Roy stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Jack Morken then drove the ball to left field, scoring Roy (1-0).
In the top of the third inning, the Giants were in good shape after both Genki LeClair and Jarod Robinow put the ball in play and reached base on MC errors. With one out, Redwood was poised to strike but were dumfounded by two pick-off outs on the base paths, clearly frustrating Firenzi.
Welch would stymie MC through five, giving the Giant’s more opportunities to score. With only a one run lead, Redwood started the top of the sixth with a Ben Cohen single. Lucas Roy laid down a bunt and reached on an error.
Alex Hagen then doubled down the third base line, scoring Cohen from second and Roy from first base (3-0). Jack Morken then stroked an ill-advised fastball to left center field, scoring Hagen from second base (4-0). The strength of MC’s batting order would plate one run in the bottom of the sixth.
Jesse Gassman returned to the show from the IR to relieve Welch in the bottom of the seventh. Gassman struck out the first batter and induced ground balls for the final two outs of the game. Lucas Roy, Alex Hagen, and Jack Morken each had two hits on the day with Ben Cohen adding the seventh. The Giant’s committed two errors in the field and had some base running hiccups but all of that went away with an exciting playoff win at Marin Catholic.
Final Score: 4 to 1.
In a rematch of last year’s final, The Giants will face Drake at Albert field on Friday night at 7pm to determine who will share the 2019 Pennant with the round-robin champion, Tamalpias. Go Giants!