Mike Firenzi promised to bring Redwood baseball back to greatness when he assumed the helm last year. He has kept that promise, as the entire program is harkening back to the glory days of Al Endriss, with great pitching, timely — though not spectacular — hitting, and solid defense. On Wednesday, the Giants JV squad rendered a good example of that small ball style when they traveled to Novato and came back with a 9-2 victory. The team got those nine runs on just seven hits but they drew nine walks and ran the bases aggressively. Drew Jacks collected three singles, and Mackie Skall, Noah Arrick, James Thompson and Josh Katz also contributed hits. Redwood stole six bases – two each by Oliver Pearson, Blake Cusick and Dane Goodman — and Goodman scampered home on a careless exchange between the Hornet pitcher and catcher. Redwood’s defense was also solid, with Ollie Pearson pitching five innings, whiffing eight and surrendering just three hits, and Tyler Warren finishing off the last two innings, allowing a run on two hits.
On Thursday, the Giants celebrated being back on their home field by beating Terra Linda 4-1 using four walks, four hits (Drew Jacks, Oliver Pearson and Dane Goodman(2)), four runs (Jacks, Goodman(2) and Josh Katz) and three stolen bases (Pearson, Jacks and Sean McKenna)! Redwood pitchers Blake Cusick and James Thompson were dominant. Cusick hurled five innings with six strikeouts and no runs, and Thompson closed with two innings of no-walk, one strikeout relief. It is early but Cusick’s ERA this season is a ridiculous .45. The defense was strong again, with Goodman shooting down a runner at third from centerfield and catcher Luke Zlatunich throwing out runners both times the Trojans tried to steal on him. This season, Zlatunich has gunned down an impressive 5 of 7 runners that tried to steal when he was on duty.
Redwood JV now has a 6-2 record on the season (4-0 in league play) and they travel to Tam High on Tuesday to take on the 5-2 Hawks.