Kopstein Shuts Down Drake in 4-0 Shut Out

4/21:  For the second game in a row, a Giant starting pitcher fired a complete-game shut out of their opponent.  Today the victim was the Pirates from Drake High School.  Redwood was victorious in the season opener against Drake in a sloppy game chock full of fielding errors and base-running mistakes.  Today the Giants seemed to have righted their ship, committing no errors in the field or on the bases.

Kopstein struck out six and gave up six hits in his ninety-nine pitch outing that earned him his sixth victory on the year and his fourth in MCAL.  The shut-out dropped his ERA to 1.74.  “He (Kopstien) looked good today.  He worked out of some trouble and finished strong.  It was a good win for him.”, Assistant Coach Tim Grayson said after the game.

Nicolas Belgum was 3-3 at the plate, bolstering his batting average to a whopping .474, which leads all MCAL players.  The “Other Nic”, Nic Gillies added a double and ended the day with a .414 average, and is now ranked #4 in the MCAL Batting Average Rankings.  The “Two Nics” hold two of the top five spots in the MCAL Batting Average Race.  Eric Doctor added two hits and Parker Laret also singled, bringing the Giants total to seven hits.

The Giants went up 2-0 in the bottom of the first with the bases loaded.  Drake attempted to pick off Eric Doctor at second on a throw from the catcher.  Parker Laret read the throw from the catcher perfectly, taking home on the throw, and after an errant throw, Doctor also scored.

The Giants scored again in the bottom of the second when Pascal Brassey dropped a squeeze bunt that scored Nic Gillies from third after Nic doubled and ended on third after a passed ball with one out.  Redwood wouldn’t score again until the bottom of the fifth.  Nicolas Belgum led off the inning with seed to center.  He promptly stole second and scored on a base hit to left by Eric Doctor,

The Giants play San Rafael (4-6), on the road, hoping to defend their #1 MCAL ranking and take their MCAL win total to double digits.  Redwood stands in first place by a slight margin with a record of 9-1.  Marin Catholic is hot on their heels with an 8-2 MCAL record.

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