JV Hang on to Beat San Rafael

The Giants played error free baseball behind starting pitcher, Kyle Felder, for six innings before letting the game get sporty in the seventh. Felder was true to form, with another great outing, giving up just one hit, striking out five and conceded just one walk. Offensively, Redwood’s lead-off man, Nate Charles, wasted no time with a first inning double down the right field line. Jack Morken followed with a deep fly ball to left field, advancing Charles to second. Nate would take third base setting up Jackson Barry, who drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly to right field (1-0, Redwood). Sam Warren then hit a high chopper to short, beating out the throw to first. Warren would successfully steal second. With two outs, Ryan Jessen hit a shallow trouble maker to right field, scoring Warren (2-0, Redwood after one).

In the bottom of the third inning, Nate Charles once again got things moving with a lead-off single. Charles would steal second before Jackson Barry drove the ball down the first base line, scoring Nate from second (3-0, Redwood).

The fourth inning showcased some athletic defensive plays. Second baseman, Nick Cook, made a diving grab moving to his left, smothering the ball, then throwing out the runner at first for the first out. Next up, right fielder, Jack Morken, would run down a foul ball for the second out and follow up with a diving catch to retire the side. Offensively, Haiden Jones would contribute as well with one of his two hits on the day.

Nick Cook moved to the hill in relief of Felder in the fifth inning. Cook was solid, hitless in two innings of work. Cook was also backed up by a double play turned by Zack Gordon, Haiden Jones and Ryan Jessen. In the bottom half of the inning, Jake Nordstrom would hit a trademark double to left field. Nate Charles laid down a nice bunt to sacrifice Nordstrom to third. Jackson Barry then singled to left, scoring Nordstrom (4-0, Redwood).

The Giants only hiccup came in the seventh after several batters were hit by some over-zealous fast balls delivered by Jack Morken. Jack would ring up one batter before head coach Billy Jack Ryan would hand the ball to Maxim Kawashima to shut down the Bulldog threat. The game never seemed out of control, however, even though San Rafael made it look close on the scorebook. Final Score: 4-3 Giants.

With bad weather looming in the forecast, the Giants regularly scheduled game vs Terra Linda is expected to be rained out tomorrow, March 24th. Redwood will return to the field next Tuesday, March 28th, when they travel to Mill Valley to take on Mount Tamalpais High School. First pitch-4:30 p.m.

Photographer, Jordan Warren, will return to the field next week.

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