3/29: Sophomore Josh Cohen ended last week starting every game the Giants have played as their lead-off hitter, hitting .360. Cohen has started all eight games in right field. Today, Cohen got the nod for his first start as a Varsity pitcher and sent a message that the future looks bright for the Giants.
After yielding free passes to the first two batters he faced, Cohen worked out of the top of the first by making a great play on a bunt, striking out the next batter and using his great defense on a tough ground ball to Zack Kopstein, making a great play to end the inning.
The Giants only had three batters step into the batters box in the bottom of the inning, despite a single by Nicolas Belgum, he would be later thrown out on a questionable call on an attempted stolen base. Cohen answered by sending the Red-Tailed Hawks down in order in the top of the second. Aubrey Sine lead off the bottom of the second by hitting the first pitch he saw off of the bottom of the left field fence for a triple.
While most everyone in the yard expected a safety or suicide squeeze, Coach Firenzi counted on the clutch left-handed bat of Henry Zeisler to hit a deep fly, a grounder to the right side, or a hit. Zeisler came through with a hard grounder to the right side, knocking in Sine for the first Giants run.
Redwood scored again in the bottom of the third, after Nic Gillies led off the inning with a base knock and Pascal Brassey dropped a perfect sacrifice bunt, putting Gillies in scoring position. Nicolas Belgum, better known as “Nicki Clutch”, rapped a single to left, scoring Gillies.
The Giants would score again in the bottom of the fifth. Gillies led off the inning with a single and Brassey singled to right. With runners on first and third, Josh Cohen helped his own cause by dropping a safety squeeze, scoring Gillies and putting the Giants up 3-0.
Josh Cohen shut out the Hawks through 6 1/3 innings, striking out ten, and gave up only one hit. He was pulled after walking the second batter in the top of the seventh after walking his fifth batter on the day and his 99th pitch. Zach Tonnerre came in needing just two outs to close the game and secure the victory for Cohen. But a few hits, a costly error, and a wild pitch had the Giants going into the bottom of the seventh with the score tied 3-3.
Nic Gillies led off the inning with a single to center. Brassey followed with a bunt single, putting runners on first and second. Zach Tonnerre helped his own cause by dropping a sacrifice bunt, putting the winning run on third. Nicolas Belgum (“Clutch”) laid down a perfect suicide squeeze, scoring Gillies from third and the Redwood bench emptied as they mobbed Belgum on the field.
“They executed the things we work on every day in practice. It was great to see that one bad inning on defense didn’t spoil the outcome of the game” Assistant Coach Joel Russo said after the game. Redwood tallied twelve hits with Josh Cohen, Aubrey Sine, Henry Zeisler, and Parker Laret all adding to the total. Sophomore shortstop Pascal Brassey added two hits while the “Two Nics” (Gillies and Belgum) combined for half of the Giants total with three hits each.
The Giants have a quick turn-around as they host Serra at Albert Park Wednesday night at 7:00pm.