(3/17/2017) The Giants found their form on Friday night, winning big over Novato High School 11-2. Starting pitcher, Jack Hake, conceded two runs in the first inning before settling down into a dominant performance, going four innings, striking out six and delivering 14 of 19 first pitch strikes.
Redwood allowed two early runs in the first inning before getting down to business in the second inning. Hake would lead off with a single to right field. A wild pitch allowed Hake to take second. Kyle Felder then drew a walk. A mishandled pitch allowed the runners to advance to second and third. Nick Cook put the ball in play down the third base line, scoring Hake. (1-2, Novato). Center fielder, Jarod Robinow, then drew a six pitch walk. With runners at the corners, Zack Gordon hit a sacrifice fly to center-field, scoring Kyle Felder. (2-2)
In the third inning, Jack Morken would get hit by a pitch and promptly steal second base. Jack Hake then recorded his second hit of the game, scoring Morken from second. (3-2, Redwood). Hake would steal second, setting up Kyle Felder for an RBI opportunity, which Kyle took full advantage of by hitting a double and scoring Hake. (4-2, Redwood). Nick Cook followed with a single to right, scoring Felder. (5-2, Redwood).
In the fourth inning, Sam Warren kept things rolling with a hard hit single to left field. Sam would steal second base and advance to third on a wild pitch. Jackson Barry then hit a bomb to deep left-center field for a stand-up double, scoring Warren. (6-2, Redwood).
The Giants would blow the game wide open in the fifth inning. Jack Hake would draw a walk and Kyle Felder absorbed a pitch in his back to start things off, leaving runners at first and second. Jarod Robinow then singled to left, scoring Hake (7-2). Zack Gordon then singled up the middle, scoring Felder (8-2). Jackson Bender then put the ball in play down the first base line, scoring Jarod Robinow (9-2). Sam Warren then drove the ball down the third base line, smartly making his way to third base after some serious hustle. After a wild pitch to Jackson Barry, Warren would compete his trip around the bases before the five run 5th ended (11-2, Redwood).
Haiden Jones came in to pitch the bottom of the fifth, retiring the Hornets with just eight pitches. In the top of the sixth, Erik Simonson drove the ball down the third base line, outrunning the throw to first. The Giants would load the bases, but were unable to add to their substantial lead.
Nick Cook and Jack Morken made their debut on the hill in the sixth and seventh inning respectively. Cook would throw just ten pitches, getting great defensive help from infielders Zack Gordon, Haiden Jones and Ryan Jessen who turned a crisp 6-4-3 double play. Morken would close out the game with twelve pitches, striking out two. As a whole, the Giants relief pitchers no-hit their opponents and were one walk away from being perfect. The Giants combined for ten hits and only committed one error to get back to their pre-season winning ways. Redwood will take on San Rafael High School next Tuesday, March 21st at San Rafael. First pitch, 4:30 p.m. Final Score: 11-2
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