The Giants needed eight innings of play to beat Tamalpais High School Tuesday night, 6 to 4, in the first of a busy three game schedule this week. Redwoods 2017 work-horse, Kyle Felder, started for the Giants, delivering a four inning shutout performance with three strikeouts. Both teams, however, could not put a run across home plate until Tam finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth for one run. The Hawks could have added to their fifth inning threat with the bases loaded and one out but for a tremendous two out play that ended the inning. Left-fielder, Nate Charles, caught a fly ball and threw a seed to cut-off man, Jackson Barry, who relayed the ball to catcher, Jake Nordstrom, who tagged out the runner attempting to score. Keeping the damage at one run was key to extending the game (1-0, Tam after 5).
The Giants seemed to be on their way in the top of the sixth after Jack Morken hit a lead-off single. A double play ball would seemingly quite that initial threat. With two outs, Haiden Jones kept his continuous hitting streak alive with a single to right field. Sam Warren then drove the ball to left-center field for a double. With runners at second and third base, Jacob Klionsky came through with a clutch line drive to left, scoring Jones (1-1). Warren would be tagged out at home trying to score from second, ending the inning.
With the game tied in the final frame, Jake Nordstrom would single to left. Jarod Robinow would enter the game to run for Nordstrom and immediately steal second. Zack Gordon then put the ball in play, advancing Robinow to third. Nate Charles then drew a walk, putting runners at first and third with two outs. Trying to steal the lead back, head coach, Billy Jack Ryan, called for a double steal, which ended when Tam’s catcher blocked home plate and tagged out Robinow. Sellier would return to close out the bottom of the seventh, sending the contest into extra innings.
In the eighth, Jack Morken would lead things off with a missile up the middle. Jackson Barry then clobbered a ball over the center-fielders head for a double. With runners at second and third, Haiden Jones hit a double to right, scoring Morken and Barry (3-1, Redwood). Sam Warren would pad the Redwood lead with a hard hit triple to right field, scoring Jones and, after an errant throw to third, himself for a Monks homerun and a 5-1 Giant lead. Nick Cook then drove the ball off the pitching mound, forcing a bad throw to first and landing on second base. Zack Gordon then put the ball in play to shortstop, who could not accurately deliver the ball to first, scoring Cook and landing Gordon at second (6-1, Redwood). With two outs, Nate Charles drove the ball to right field but Zack Gordon would collide with the leaping Tam catcher at home for the third out.
In the bottom of the eighth, Jackson Bender would enter in relief of Sellier. Bender would manufacture two outs before allowing some free bases. Tam would get back three runs and load the bases before Maxim Kawashima would enter the game and end the contest with two pitches. Final Score: 6-4, Redwood.
The Giants resume play tonight at Moody Field vs. Terra Linda High School. The Giants are expected to start Cole Zesiger on the hill. First pitch-4:30 p.m.