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Redwood Freshmen secure outright MCAL title with 5-3 win over Drake

The win gives Redwood sole possession of the MCAL title as they finished with an 11-1 mark in league play and 19-4 overall.  The team finished the season on a 13 game winning streak.

The Giants got on the board first with two runs in the second. With two outs Jack Van Hooser hit an infield single and advanced to second on an error by the shortstop that allowed Aaron Kim to reach base.  Jackson Reed then drove the first pitch he saw for a double scoring both Van Hooser and Kim and giving Redwood the 2-0 lead.

In the fourth inning the Giants added to their lead.  With two down and the bases empty Jonathan Yu hit a first pitch line drive single to right.  Nick Welch then also singled on a first pitch offering and both runners advanced on the throw leaving Yu at third and Welch at second for Jake Gassman.  Gassman did not waste the opportunity as he took a 2-2 pitch to right for a two-run single making it 4-0 Redwood.

It would stay that way until Drake pushed a run across in the top of the fifth to make it 4-1.

Redwood got the run back in the sixth. Sander Leszczynski led off the inning and was hit by a pitch.  Ben Rafner followed and was also plunked putting runners at first and second.  Van Hooser then grounded into a fielder’s choice with Rafner erased at second but Leszczynski advancing to third.  Willie Sine was next and drove a pitch to center for a sacrifice fly to make it 5-1 Giants.

Drake would not go easily as they mounted a rally in the top of the seventh that led to two runs but that was the extent of the damage with Redwood holding on for the 5-3 win and the MCAL crown.

Jesse Gassman started and went six innings giving up just one run on three hits while striking out three. Matthew Smallbach came on in relief in the seventh and finished the game by inducing a groundout to second with two runners on and Redwood clinging to a two run lead.

Redwood Frosh clinch MCAL title with 4-1 win at Marin Catholic

In a game that would decide the MCAL Freshman championship Redwood came away with a hard fought 4-1 win at rival Marin Catholic on a postcard perfect day.  Each team came into the contest with only a single MCAL loss but Redwood would hand MC their second MCAL loss, both at the hands of the Giants.

Redwood pitchers give up an uncharacteristic ten walks in the game and so a team effort was required to secure the win and that is just what the Giants delivered. Crisp defense was key as Redwood played error free baseball and made every play they needed to make to keep MC at bay.

Redwood would score in the first inning as they have done in ten of the thirteen MCAL games this year.  With one down, Jesse Gassman singled to left bringing up Jonathan Yu.  With the count 0-2, Yu drove a single to center with Gassman advancing to third.  Then with two outs, Gassman alertly broke for the plate on a wild pitch just beating the throw to the plate.  MC would come back in their half of the first and tie the score at 1-1.

The score stayed 1-1 until the top of the third when Matt Birchenough led off with a sharp groundball single to left.  He would then advance to second on a balk by the MC pitcher.  Jesse Gassman then grounded out but Birchenough advanced to third on the play which would prove key as the next hitter, Jonathan Yu hit a fly ball which was caught in medium deep right field.  Birchenough tagged up and headed for home just sliding under the tag after a strong throw from right that was on target.  2-1 Redwood.

In the top of the fourth the Giants were looking to add to their lead.  With one away, Alex Hagen hit a first pitch line drive single to the gap in left center.  Jack Van Hooser then executed on a hit and run by driving the ball behind the runner and though he was out on the play, Hagen ended up at third.  Jackson Reed was up next and with a count of 3-1 he delivered a clutch line drive single to left scoring Hagen.  Lucas Roy then took the first pitch he saw to the gap in left center for a solid double with Reed scoring all the way from first and giving Redwood a 4-1 lead.

Meanwhile the Redwood pitchers were doing their part to keep MC off the scoreboard.  Nick Welch started and went the first two innings striking out two. Jesse Gassman came in and went four innings striking out three.

But then in the bottom of the seventh Gassman walked the first batter and Birchenough came on.  Birchenough struck out the first batter he faced but walked the next two. So now the bases were loaded with one out and Redwood up by three.  Matthew Smallbach got the call and came into the game to face the heart of the order for MC.  Smallbach would prove up to the task in a big way as he got the number three hitter on a popup to shortstop and then retired the clean up hitter on a first pitch soft grounder to first for the ballgame and the save.

Pitching has led the way in many of the Redwood wins this year and even with the ten walks it was solid again as the four pitchers combined held a strong MC team to just one run on three hits.  But it must have given the staff confidence to know the defense behind them was more than up to the task. The timely hitting also provided a big boost as six of Redwood’s seven hits were key to scoring runs.

The win brings Redwood’s overall record to 18-4 including the last 12 in a row.  The team has not lost since March 27th.  The Giants MCAL mark is now 12-1 with one game remaining.  The combined scores in MCAL are Redwood 102 and Opponents 11. Drake visits Redwood next Wednesday (3/10) and that will be your last chance to watch this team that seems to be reaching another peak with each game.

Redwood Frosh peaking at right time- hammer Tam 14-0

Redwood scored six in the third and topped that with seven runs in the fourth on their way to a 14-0 win at Tamalpais High.

Jesse Gassman went the distance in the five inning contest with nine strikeouts and no walks and allowed just two singles.  Gassman kept the Hawks hitters off balance all day with a mix of pitches.

The Giants got on the board early with a run in the first with leadoff hitter Matt Birchenough getting on base with a single to center.  He would only be on first momentarily as he took second on a steal during the first pitch to Jesse Gassman.  Gassman then turned on a 1-1 pitch driving a double to the gap in left and scoring Birchenough.

The 1-0 lead would continue to the top of the third when Birchenough led off by reaching on an error.  He quickly ended up on third when the pitcher overthrew first on a pickoff attempt.  Jesse Gassman was up next and walked.  Gassman took second on a steal with Birchenough remaining at third.  Jonathan Yu walked and then Nick Welch drove in Gassman and Birchenough with a sharply hit ball that got by the third baseman with Yu stopping at second.  Yu was erased on an attempted steal of third with Welch taking second.  Alex Hagen then drew a walk and with Jack Van Hooser up Welch and Hagen executed a double steal. Van Hooser delivered a two run single to right making it 5-0 Giants.  Jake Gassman drilled a double to right field with Van Hooser scoring and Gassman also making it home courtesy of a throwing error and bringing the score to 7-0 after three.

After Gassman held Tam to a three up three down bottom of the third, Redwood poured it on in the fourth.  With Birchenough once again leading off and getting on base this time via a single to right things were started in motion. Jesse Gassman and Jonathan Yu both walked loading the bases for Welch who wasted no time jumping on the first pitch and singling to right driving in Birchenough and Gassman. Hagen then walked loading the bases again.  Van Hooser then added another two run single to up the score to 11-0 with Hagen stopping at third.

Jake Gassman then took a 1-0 pitch out of the park and nearly onto Miller Avenue to put an exclamation point on the game and a 14-0 lead and final margin of victory.

Gassman would finish things up by retiring the Hawks in the fourth and fifth giving up a harmless single in each frame.

Redwood Freshmen hold Terra Linda hitless: win 10-0

Redwood would need just five innings to secure a 10-0 road win on a hot Saturday at Terra Linda High School.

The Giants pushed one run across in the top of the first when Matt Birchenough scored on a passed ball but it wouldn’t be until the fourth inning when they would score again.  With the help of two walks and two errors Redwood scored seven times in the inning while sending eleven hitters to the plate.  Willie Sine drove in the first run with a single to center scoring Jesse Gassman. Aaron Kim drew a bases loaded walk to drive in the second run of the inning making it 3-0 Redwood.  Two more runs scored as the result of a Terra Linda error and then Nick Welch hit a sacrifice fly to score Aaron Kim who tagged up on the play.  Zach Bjursten made it 7-0 Giants when he singled in Birchenough.  After advancing to second Bjursten scored on a two out single by Jesse Gassman to complete the scoring for the inning and an 8-0 lead.

Meanwhile the Redwood pitching was holding Terra Linda without a hit. Drake Goodman and Lucas Roy combined on the five inning no hitter while striking out a combined five Trojan hitters.

In the top of the fifth Jack Van Hooser drew a one out walk on four pitches.  Jackson Reed then singled driving in Van Hooser who had earlier advanced to second without a throw.  Reed then moved to second again without a throw.  With two outs Alex Hagen came in as a pinch hitter and delivered a single to center scoring Reed and making it 10-0 Redwood and forcing Terra Linda to come up with a run in the bottom of the inning to extend the game.  Roy would have none of that as he retired the side in order and sent the Giants fans home early.


Redwood Freshmen hold off Cardinal Newman 4-3

Redwood took a 4-0 lead into the fifth inning and then held on for the win as they watched Cardinal Newman score single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings at Endriss Field.

Jesse Gassman started for the Giants and went five strong innings giving up just one run while striking out five.  Matt Birchenough finished up for Redwood notching the save.

Birchenough also reached base safely in all four at bats with three walks and a single while scoring twice and adding four stolen bases for the day. He led off the first with a single to center and after stealing both second and third, Jonathan Yu drove him in with a one out sacrifice fly making it 1-0 Redwood after one.  The Giants got back to work in the third with Birchenough again leading off and this time drawing a walk.  After a swipe of second he came around to score on a single by Jesse Gassman.  Gassman would also steal both second and third putting him in position to score on an RBI groundout by Yu for a 3-0 lead.

The Giants completed their scoring in the fourth when Jake Gassman led off with a single to left and soon advanced to second on a balk. With one out, both Satoshi Miki and Birchenough walked loading the bases.  Jesse Gassman again helped his own cause by driving in Jake Gassman on a groundout making it 4-0 Redwood.

Then Redwood held on through the last three innings taking the non-league win 4-3 against a tough Cardinal Newman squad.


Redwood Frosh top San Marin 7-0 on combined no-hitter

Nick Welch pitched six innings of no hit baseball and Alex Hagen came in for the seventh inning and needed just eight pitches to retire the side in order and secure the combined no-hitter and the 7-0 win for the Redwood Freshmen.  Thus San Marin would go hitless in the two game series this year as Welch threw a complete game no-hitter the last time the two teams met in March.

Redwood scored four runs in the first inning even after the first two batters were retired.  Jonathan Yu got things started with a single and Welch followed with another single with Yu ending up at third.  With Alex Hagen up, Yu and Welch executed a double steal with Yu crossing the plate for Redwood’s first run. Hagen who started with an 0-2 count then coaxed a walk.  Jake Gassman followed with another walk loading the bases for Drake Goodman who promptly dropped a two-run single into right field putting Redwood up 3-0.  After another walk to Lucas Roy, Jackson Reed made it four walks in the inning driving in the fourth run in the process.

The second inning would also be a productive one for Redwood as Jesse Gassman led off with a walk.  Gassman advanced to second on a throwing error and then to third on a passed ball.  Yu was then hit by a pitch putting runners at first and third for Welch.  After Gassman was picked off at third, Yu stole second and then Welch cashed him in with a single and a 5-0 lead.

Welch added a sacrifice fly in the fourth plating Jesse Gassman.  Redwood completed the scoring with another single run in the fifth for the 7-0 final when Jake Gassman led off with a double and advanced to third on a single by Ben Rafner.  With one out, Redwood again executed a double steal this time with Jake Gassman scoring and Rafner taking second.

Freshmen take early lead and hold on over San Rafael 5-3

Redwood evened its MCAL record with San Rafael at 1-1 with a 5-3 win at San Rafael High.  The Giants went in front in the first inning as Matt Birchenough was hit by the third pitch of the game and then proceeded to steal both second and third.  Jonathan Yu then delivered the game’s first run with an RBI single to center making it 1-0 Redwood.

After a scoreless second inning Birchenough drew a one out walk in the third and then took second on a steal.  Jesse Gassman then drove a 1-1 pitch into the gap in left for a double scoring Birchenough. Jonathan Yu singled putting runners at first and third.  Redwood then executed once again this season on a double steal with Gassman crossing the plate and increasing the lead to 3-0.

San Rafael closed the gap to 3-2 with a two out two run double in the bottom of the fourth.  The Giants would battle back in the following inning when Birchenough hit a one out double and then Jesse Gassman walked.  With two down, Redwood executed another double steal with Birchenough scoring his third run of the afternoon to increase the lead to 4-2.

San Rafael would not go down easy though as they scored again in the bottom of the fifth making it a one run game.

It would stay 4-3 until the top of the seventh.  After receiving the gift of two errors and two subsequent baserunners to start the inning, the Giants would bank one more run when Birchenough grounded out scoring Matthew Smallbach on the play for the 5-3 final score.

Nick Welch would end the drama by striking out the side in the bottom of the seventh and picking up the save and pitching the last three innings in relief of Jesse Gassman who started and went four getting the win.  The two pitchers combined struck out 11 Bulldogs while issuing only one walk and giving up five hits.


Redwood Frosh top Novato 12-2

The Giants sent 12 men to the plate in the first inning and jumped on top 6-1 on their way to a 5-inning win over the visiting Hornets.

Lucas Roy started for Redwood and went three innings striking out three and allowing two runs with only one of those being earned.  Matthew Smallbach finished up pitching two innings while striking out three of his own without giving up a hit.

Aaron Kim got things started in the first with a lead off single and then stole second base with Jackson Reed at the plate.  Reed then singled in Kim to make it 1-1.  Reed took off on the first pitch completing another steal and Yu then drove him in with the third straight hit to start the game.  Nick Welch made it four in a row and once again a steal of second set up the RBI with Yu scoring on the hit.  Jack Van Hooser then walked and with one out and Sander Leszczynski did the same loading the bases. Zach Bjursten delivered another hit for the Giants with Welch scoring on the play and making it 4-1 Redwood with the bases still loaded.  Drake Goodman was hit by an errant pitch driving in Van Hooser to stretch the lead to 5-1.  The scoring was completed when Aaron Kim hit the sixth single of the inning with Leszczynski scoring to increase the lead to 6-1.

Novato pushed another run across in the top of the third to cut the lead to 6-2.  In the bottom of the fourth Redwood struck again with Yu getting another hit followed by an error that put runners on first and third.  Van Hooser drove in Yu with an RBI single with Willie Sine advancing to third bringing Redwood’s lead back to five runs.  Leszczynski would make it 8-2 Redwood with an RBI groundout to second that brought Sine in to score.  After Bjursten was hit by a pitch and took second on defensive indifference, Drake Goodman brought both Van Hooser and Bjursten in with a two out two-run single making it 10-2 Giants after four.

Redwood would wrap things up by scoring twice in the bottom of the fifth which triggered the 10-run rule and ended the game.  Reed singled to start the inning and Yu walked. Reed advanced to third on a passed ball and then scored when Sine grounded out.  The game was over after Issak Kreft delivered Redwood’s 13th hit of the game with Yu crossing the plate with the winning run and 12-2 final.


Redwood Frosh top San Rafael under the lights

Albert Park was the setting for an 11-3 win for the Redwood Freshmen over San Rafael High. Redwood scored the eleven runs with the benefit of only five hits but also walked ten times, had four batters hit by pitches and benefited from San Rafael making five errors in the contest.

Redwood secured the victory with an eight run outburst in the fourth inning on only two hits.  Nick Welch and Alex Hagen each drove in two runs with two out singles.  In fact, six of the eight runs in the inning came with two outs.  The rest of the damage came about as San Rafael pitchers issued fours walks and hit two batters. Lucas Roy added an RBI groundout and Ben Rafner tallied an RBI with a bases loaded walk.  When it was all over Redwood had its highest scoring inning of the year.

The first run of the game came one inning earlier in the third when Roy and Matt Birchenough executed a double steal with Birchenough crossing the plate.  Redwood added two more runs in the top of the sixth with Issak Kreft driving in Jonathan Yu with an RBI groundout and Aaron Kim followed that at bat with an RBI single to left that plated Zach Bjursten making the final score 11-3.

Birchenough started the game and went four innings giving up just three hits and one run while striking out three.  Drake Goodman pitched the fifth holding San Rafael scoreless and Lucas Roy then finished it off pitching the last two innings.

Redwood Frosh top Drake 6-0

Matt Birchenough threw a complete game shutout giving up only five singles and Redwood played error free baseball en route to a 6-0 win at Drake High School.

Birchenough helped his own cause with a two run single in the second driving in Alex Hagen and Aaron Kim and giving Redwood a 3-0 lead.  Matthew Smallbach started the scoring earlier in the inning with an RBI groundout that plated Jake Gassman.

In the third inning Redwood extended its lead when Hagen hit a two-out single to left with Jake Gassman coming in to score and making it 4-0 Redwood.

Meanwhile Birchenough retired the side in order in the bottom of the third making it three consecutive three up and three down innings.

Redwood struck again in the fourth.  The inning started with back to back walks to Kim and Birchenough with Kim advancing to third on a wild pitch and scoring on another errant pitch soon after.  The scoring was complete for the inning and the game when with two down Nick Welch singled in Birchenough making it 6-0.

The win brings Redwood’s record to 10-4 overall and 6-1 in MCAL league action.

Redwood Freshmen defeat MC 2-1 in walk off

Walk off wins are always memorable but especially when they come against an arch rival.  Matt Birchenough walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh driving in the winning run in a 2-1 victory over Marin Catholic at Endriss Field.

Nick Welch continued his strong season with another solid outing as a starter.  Welch went five complete whiffing five and giving up just one run.  The fifth inning was key as Welch struck out the last batter he faced with the bases loaded keeping the score at 1-0 MC. Birchenough started the sixth inning and finished the game picking up the win.

Defense was a key in the contest with several outstanding plays by Redwood. Jake Gassman nailed a runner trying to steal third and then in the seventh inning he picked off a runner at second base. Matthew Smallbach robbed an MC player of what looked like a sure hit diving to his left and then scrambling to his feet to get the runner at first to end the top of the seventh inning. Earlier in the game Lucas Roy completed a double play by gunning down a runner at the plate with Gassman making the tag just getting the sliding MC runner and ending a threat in the fourth.

But the best was yet to come. After coming up empty in the first six frames despite some hard hit balls, Redwood made the most of their last chance in the seventh. Nick Welch came up to start the inning advancing to first on a hit by pitch. With one down, Cameron Gregory ripped a sharp single down the third base line advancing Welch to second.  Alex Hagen was up next and with the count 0-1 he delivered a clutch hard hit single to right with Welch scoring from second and tying the score at 1-1. Smallbach then made it three straight hits with a line drive over shortstop.  Gregory was held at third, Hagen stopping at second and Smallbach at first.  The next batter struck out and now the stage was set for Birchenough with the bases loaded, two down, game tied.  He took strike one and then patiently watched the next four pitches, all balls, before trotting to first with the game winning RBI.


RW Frosh 4 Tamalpais 2

Redwood Freshmen topped rival Tamalpais in a close contest at Endriss Field 4-2. 

Redwood jumped on top in the first with two runs.  Matt Birchenough led things off with a single and Jack Van Hooser advanced him to second with a sacrifice bunt. Jesse Gassman then doubled driving in Birchenough. Nick Welch followed with a run scoring single to complete the scoring and giving Redwood a 2-0 lead.

Tamalpais managed to get a run back in the top of the 3rd but Redwood came right back scoring in the bottom of the frame. After Jesse Gassman was hit by a pitch Nick Welch came up and delivered a run scoring double making it 3-1.

In the top of the fifth inning Tam made it a one run game again scoring once to make it 3-2.  It stayed that way until the bottom of the sixth.  Nick Welch led off the inning with a line drive single to center.  Alex Hagen then ripped a double to right field with Welch coming all the way around to score.  That would complete the scoring for the game and provide Redwood with the final 4-2 margin.

Nick Welch started for Redwood and went four innings striking out nine Tam hitters and pocketing the win. Matthew Smallbach pitched the final 2 ⅓ while adding five K’s of his own while picking up the save.

This was a well played game with both teams playing error free baseball.  The win brings Redwood’s record to 8-4 overall and 4-1 in league action.


RW Freshmen 18 Terra Linda 1

The Redwood Freshmen scored early and often against Terra Linda in an 18-1 rout at Endriss Field.  Lucas Roy handled the pitching duties for the Giants with a 5 inning complete game striking out seven with only one walk.

Sander Leszczynski led Redwood with 2 run singles in the third and fourth innings and Jesse Gassman added a double and triple with 2 runs scored.  Cameron Gregory scored three times without an official at bat as he was hit by a pitch twice and walked once in his three trips to the plate.  Ten different Redwood hitters drove in runs in the game with Nick Welch, Jake Gassman, and Drake Goodman driving in a pair each.

The defense was strong with only a single error that led to Terra Linda’s only run of the game.

Redwood scored at least three runs in each inning.

Casa Grande 5 Redwood Freshmen 4

The Redwood Freshmen lost on a walk-off single by host Casa Grande in the bottom of the seventh inning yesterday in Petaluma.  Redwood entered the bottom of the inning with a 4-2 lead but the first five Casa Grande batters reached base without getting the ball out of the infield and suddenly the score was tied at 4-4.

Matthew Smallbach came on in relief in the toughest of situations with the bases loaded and nobody out.  Smallbach retired the first batter he faced on a popup to first keeping the score tied at 4-4.  However with the outfield playing shallow with the winning run at third and less than two outs what would normally have been a routine fly ball to left turned out to be the winning single as the Casa Grande runner crossed the plate to end the game at 5-4.

Matthew Birchenough started for Redwood and faced eight Casa Grande players in the first inning but escaped major damage by getting the last batter on strikes with the bases loaded and keeping the score close at 2-0 Casa Grande. After giving up a one out single in the second, Birchenough settled down retiring the next 10 in a row before giving up a single in the fifth.  He would pitch a total of 5 ⅔ innings striking out five.

Redwood got on the board in the top of the second when Cam Gregory and Jonathan Yu led things off with back to back walks. After advancing to third on an error Gregory came in to score on a bunt by Birchenough.  Later in the inning Lucas Roy came up with a big two out two run single to plate Birchenough and Aaron Kim making it 3-2 Redwood.

In the fifth Redwood added to the lead.  Satoshi Miki led off with a single and then stole second.  After advancing to third on a passed ball Miki scored on a ground out RBI by Jesse Gassman to give Redwood a 4-2 advantage.  But the lead would not last.

The loss drops the Giants to 6-4 for the season.


San Rafael 1 RW Freshmen 0 (8 innings)

The Redwood Freshmen were topped in extra innings in a classic pitcher’s duel on Thursday at Endriss Field.

The game was tied 0-0 at the end of seven innings with neither team managing to get a runner as far as third base. San Rafael managed to push an unearned run across the plate in the top of the eighth for the only score in the game and the final margin of 1-0.

Redwood pitching was again stellar with Nick Welch going the first five innings while allowing just five baserunners and striking out 10.  Alex Hagen came on in relief and added two more shutout innings striking out three San Rafael hitters without giving up a hit.  Matt Birchenough then came in with a runner on first in the eighth and he also held San Rafael hitless while adding the 14th and final strikeout for Redwood pitching.  However San Rafael would not need a hit to score the winning run as the combination of a leadoff walk, a sacrifice bunt and the only error of the game would give San Rafael the 1-0 lead and final margin of victory.

San Rafael pitching was equally effective inning after inning as Redwood would have just four baserunners in the game.  Jake Gassman had two of the three hits for Redwood and Birchenough added the final hit with 2 outs in the bottom of the eighth.

The loss drops Redwood’s overall record to 6-3 and 2-1 in MCAL play.


Freshman best Novato 14-0

The Redwood Freshmen traveled to Novato on Saturday and came away with a 14-0 win moving their MCAL record to 2-0 and their overall mark to 6-2.

Redwood pitchers have yet to give up a hit in MCAL play as three pitchers combined for a 5-inning no-hitter.  Matt Birchenough started and pitched the first three frames followed by Jesse Gassman and Willie Sine. The defense was equally impressive as Redwood played error free baseball for the second game in a row.

Nick Welch drove in Lucas Roy with a hard single in the first inning and the Giants never looked back scoring runs in all five innings of the shortened game.

In the second inning Birchenough and Matthew Smalbach drove in a run apiece and Redwood increased its lead to 3-0.

Redwood added five more runs in the third inning with all five runs coming with two outs.  Jake Gassman got things started by driving in Welch with a single.  Gassman came around to score on a single by Birchenough and after a walk to Smalbach, Satoshi Miki drove them both in with a single to left.  An RBI single by Jesse Gassman capped the scoring making it 8-0.

Redwood would not let up tacking on another five-spot in the fourth inning.  Jackson Reed walked with the bases loaded to drive in Cameron Gregory.  Jack van Hooser then roped a double to right center plating both Sander Leszczynski and Zach Bjursten.  Jesse Gassman and Drake Goodman added an RBI each to make it 13-0.

Willie Sine finished the scoring for Redwood driving in Jackson Reed with an RBI single for the 14-0 final score.  Sine also made an appearance on the mound coming in with 2 outs in the bottom of the inning. After throwing two pitches he spun and fired a throw to second, picking off the runner and ending the game.

Nick Welch throws no-hitter and Redwood freshmen top San Marin 6-0 in MCAL opener

Welch was dominant from start to finish issuing just one walk and striking out 10 including striking out the side in the last inning.  He benefited from strong defense behind him with Redwood playing error free baseball.  Welch needed only 70 pitches in his seven inning gem and threw 54 of those for strikes (77%).

The Redwood offense provided all the run support needed by scoring a run in the first inning without the benefit of a hit.  Jesse Gassman and Jonathan Yu both walked and then later in the inning with Yu on first and Gassman on third they executed a double steal with Gassman crossing the plate.

Redwood added to the lead in the third when Jesse Gassman opened it with a single. Yu was then hit by a pitch putting runners on first and second.  Once again they executed a double steal and Gassman came in to score on the catcher’s throwing error making it 2-0 Redwood.

Matt Birchenough scored a run in the 4th inning on an RBI groundout by Satoshi Miki.  Birchenough was in position to score after stealing both second and third.

Redwood would score three more in the 6th inning for the 6-0 final.  The runs came about as a result of RBI singles by Birchenough and Yu and a sac fly by Cameron Gregory.

The win moves Redwood to 6-2 for the season and 1-0 in MCAL league play.


RW 10 Campolindo 8: Tues March 14th

The RW freshmen got back on the winning track beating Campolindo 10-8 in a back and forth game at Endriss Field.  Nick Welch stayed hot at the plate and delivered the key hit doubling home two runs in the fifth inning to break a 6-6 tie.

The offense was led by a team effort with 10 RW players recording a hit and 8 different batters driving in runs.  After starter Lucas Roy retired the side in order in the top of the first on just 7 pitches the RW freshmen jumped out to an early 3-0 lead scoring once in the first and twice in the second inning.  Roy helped his own cause by doubling in a run with two outs in the second.  Issac Kreft followed with a run scoring single.

Campolindo took the lead scoring five runs in the top of the third but RW came right back scoring two runs in the bottom of the frame keyed by a two out RBI double by Drake Goodman.

RW would need another comeback as Campolindo took a 6-5 lead in the 5th.  Once again RW wasted no time as they came up with four runs of their own in the bottom of the inning finally taking the lead for good. RW moves to 4-2 with the win.

Monte Vista 6 RW 3: Friday March 10th

Trailing 6-0 entering the top of the 7th the RW freshmen made a spirited comeback but fell just short losing on the road to Monte Vista by a score of 6-3.  The Giants record fell to 3-2.

Monte Vista took an early lead scoring twice in the first inning and then adding four more runs by the end of the third.

The seventh inning comeback came with two outs and nobody on and featured a key RBI single by Jesse Gassman and a bases loaded walk for an RBI by Jonathan Yu.  The rebound continued as RW loaded the bases but the rally came to an end when the Monte Vista 3rd baseman made a nice play on a hard hit ball and made the force out at third.

Matt Birchenough started on the mound for the Giants and pitched five strong innings using a mix of pitches to strike out eight against a strong Monte Vista lineup.

Freshman Defeat Campolindo 2-0

Redwood Freshmen recorded their second shutout of the season defeating Campolindo 2-0 on Thursday, improving their season record to 3-1.

Nick Welch and Alex Hagen combined to pitch a one hit shutout with Welch picking up the win, pitching four innings and striking out six. Hagen got the save working the final three, finishing it off by striking out the side in the final inning.

Redwood got on the board in the first when Drake Goodman walked, advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on a groundout RBI by Jonathan Yu.

 With 2 out in the 6th Lucas Roy got a clutch hit driving in Goodman for an important insurance run.

Strong defense was a plus for Redwood with no errors committed while Campolindo made five errors.  In the 5th inning with a Campolindo runner in scoring position, Matt Birchenough, backing up first base, made a throw from right field to catcher Jake Gassman who tagged out the sliding Campolindo runner at the plate to complete an unlikely double play. Gassman also threw out two runners attempting to steal and picked off a runner at first giving him three assists for the game.

Redwood Freshman Return to Winning Ways Outscoring Bishop O’Dowd 5-2

O’Dowd opened the scoring with a run in the 2nd. Redwood Freshman answered with 3 runs in the 3rd and a pair in the 4th to seal the win.

Redwood’s offense was led by Alex Hagen with 2 of Redwood’s 8 hits, batting in 2 runs on a double in the 3rd. Matt Birchenough and Jonathan Yu also contributed doubles with Matt, Jonathan and Willie Sine also recording RBIs.

Matt Birchenough pitched 4 innings for the win, giving up 1 hit and striking out 3.

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Redwood Freshman Fall 6-1 to Serra (San Mateo)

In a sharp contrast to the season opener, Redwood pitchers gave up 6 runs (5 earned) on 10 hits. Serra broke up a scoreless game with 3 runs in the 4th inning followed by another 3 in the 5th.

Nick Welch led the offense with 3 of Redwood’s 7 hits, batting in Redwood’s sole run in the 6th inning.

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Redwood Freshman Dominate Petaluma in Season Opener: 11-0

Called after 5 innings, a strong offense, tight defense and shutout pitching combined for the win. Eight players each contributed base hits to Redwood’s offense with back-to-back doubles to deep center field by Drake Goodman & Satoshi Miki highlighting a 4-run 3rd inning to break the game open. Jonathan Yu and Jackson Reed also contributed RBI singles. Redwood’s offense was assisted by 6 Petaluma walks, 2 HBP and 5 errors in this 5 inning game.

Spectators observed several sparkling defensive plays including a throw from Satoshi Miki (RF) to Alex Hagen (2B) to Jake Gassman (C) to cut down a Petaluma runner at home.

Jesse Gassman and Drake Goodman combined for the shutout, recording 10 strikeouts, while giving up a total of 4 hits with starting pitcher Jesse giving up one hit while striking out 6 over the first three innings.

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2017 Redwood Freshman Baseball Team Roster

Jesse Gassman
Zach Bjursten
Willie Sine
Satoshi Miki
Sander Leszcynski
Nicholas Welch
Matthew Smallbach
Matthew Birchenough
Lucas Roy
Jonathan Yu
Jake Gassman
Jackson Reed
Jack Van Hooser
Isaak Kreft (Irmini-Kreft)
Drake Goodman
Cameron Gregory
Ben Rafner
Alex Hagen
Aaron Kim

Redwood Freshman Finish Strong

Al Endriss Field, Larkspur, CA: Redwood’s freshman baseball team finished off their 2016 season, winning their final two games against San Marin and Justin-Siena. The Giants ended the year with an impressive 19 wins and 5 losses. From the start, the freshman looked strong, winning their first eleven games in a row, including impressive wins over Casa Grande, Petaluma and Cardinal Newman. Redwood’s only MCAL defeats were to rival Marin Catholic (6-3 & 2-0). The boys will surely be eager to resume this rivalry in the seasons to come and even the score.

On offense, The Giants scored an incredible 199 runs in 24 games, averaging 8 runs per game over the course of the season. On defense, the freshman allowed only 62 runs to cross the plate over the course of their 2016 season, conceding on average only 2 runs a game. The Giants also notched 11 shutouts this season. Individually, each player should be proud of their personal stats, with many players batting over .300 for the season and contributing with Runs and RBI’s. Overall, Redwood baseball is in good shape in the years to come as this 2016 squad have proven to be exceptional baseball players and true sportsmen in the way they treat their opponents and each other. A special thanks to the coaches, managers and score keepers who helped steer this winning season.

The Freshman End of Season celebration will be held on Saturday May 14th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at 80 Mariner Green Drive (at the clubhouse), Corte Madera. Pot Luck.

Wilson Throws No Hitter in Victory over Tam

April 2, 2016, Al Endriss Field, Larkspur, CA.: Freshman Pitching Ace, Robbie Wilson, needed just 87 pitches to no-hit Tam High Monday night. Wilson delivered 17 of 24 first pitch strikes, and landed 59 strikes of his complete game total of 87 pitches. Wilson was aided by a Giant defense that seemed confident and relaxed throughout the game, supporting Wilson throughout the contest with help all over the field by infielders Jackson Barry, Nick Cook, Genki LeClair and Ryann Jessen. Redwoods right-fielder, Jack Morken, added to the no hit bid defense in the fourth inning by taking an awkward bouncing ball hit to right field and gunning down the runner at first base, maintaining Wilsons “no-no.”

Tam’s starting pitcher was no picnic for the Redwood offense. Flynn pitched four innings for the Hawk’s, threw 52 pitches, giving up just three runs (2 unearned), three hits and throwing five strikeouts. Yet, the Giants would show the many ways they can score throughout the pitching duel. In the first inning, second baseman, Genki LeClair, would hit a high fly to right field which was mishandled by the Tam right-fielder, leaving the speedy LeClair at second base. Genki would promptly steal third base. Third baseman, Jackson Barry, would follow up with a timely RBI single. (1-0)

In the second inning, Jacob Klionsky was hit by a pitch. Ryan Jessen then took one off the dome to put runners at first and second. Klionsky would steal third. Wilson would help his cause with a two out single, scoring Klionsky from third. (2-0).

In the third, Jackson Barry got things started with a single. Erik Simonson entered the game to pinch run for Barry. Simonson would do his job and steal second. Jack Morken then drove a pitch deep to right-field, but into the defender’s glove, advancing Simonson to third. Designated hitter, Enzo Santa, hit a hard hit ball to the right side of the field, scoring Simonson. (3-0).

The top of the fourth displayed more Giant defense getting the boys back into the dugout. Left Fielder, Dean Watson, led off with a hard hit trouble maker to the shortstop, landing him safely at first. Watson would steal second base. Ryan Jessen would put the ball in play, advancing Watson to third. However, the steady Giants would leave Watson on base, after a bullet to third base by Nick Cook, landed in the third baseman’s glove, catching Watson off base in no-man’s land.

The Giants would not score again until the sixth inning. Jack Morken led off by taking an errant pitch off his head. Morken would go on to test his inability to fly with a head first outstretched steal of second. Dean Watson would come through once again with another hard hit ball to short, allowing Morken to score from second. (4-0) The Giants would go on to load the bases but would be held to just the fourth and final run. Robbie Wilson would retake the hill in the bottom of the seventh and strike out two of the final three batters, securing his impressive no hitter. Final score: 4-0 Giants.

The Giants will take on Marin Catholic this Saturday at 11 a.m. at MC. This game will in all likelihood determine who will take home the MCAL pennant. Please spread the word and show up to cheer on the boys to victory. GO GIANTS!

Freshman Sprint to Five Inning Shutout

April 30, 2016, Terra Linda High School. Freshman Sprint to Five Inning Shutout. Head Coach, Tabor Watson, used just nine players on Saturday to demolish Terra Linda 18 to 0 in five innings of play. The game was essentially over after the top half of the first inning, after Redwood’s starting nine registered 14 at bats and exploded for twelve runs. If there ever was a game to pad your stats, this was the day for offense: Zack Gordon (3hits,2 runs, 2 RBI’s); Jake Nordstrom (2 hits, 2 runs, 3 RBI’s) Enzo Santa (2 runs, 1 hit, 1 RBI’s); Ryan Jessen (3 hits, 1 run); Sam Warren (2 runs, 1 hit, 1RBI, 2BB); Erik Simonson (3RBI’s, 1 Hit, 2 runs); Bryce Jehling (1 run, 1 RBI); Thomas Durtchi (2 hits, 3 runs, 2 RBI’s) and starting pitcher, Haiden Jones (2 hits, 2 runs, 1 RBI), throwing three innings of shutout baseball with 40 pitches, 2 hits and 2 k’s). Ryan Jessen threw one inning of relief (1k) and Erik Simonson closed out the Tojans to complete the shutout. The Giants middle infielders, shortstop Zack Gordon and second baseman Thomas Durtchi, combined for five hits, four RBI’s, and five runs-a personal best for both. As a team, the Giants starting nine players were never replaced and combined for 15 hits and 18 runs, leaving nine men on base. The players were very humble and showed great sportsmanship in the rout of the outmatched Trojans. Redwood will take on Tamalpais High School next on Monday May 2nd. First pitch at Al Endriss Field at 4:30 p.m. GO GIANTS!

Freshman Split Season Series with Campolindo

April 26, 2016. Al Endriss Field: Freshman Split Season Series with Campolindo. The Freshman baseball team was coming off a 6-0 victory vs. San Marin High School on Monday night in MCAL play going into tonight’s home game vs. visiting Campolindo High School from Orinda. The Giants won the first meeting with Campo (4-3 in extra innings) to set up the possible season sweep of the home and away series.

The Giant’s came out swinging after starting pitcher, Jack Hake, started his outing strong. In the bottom half of the first inning, the Giants scored as many runs as their previous game total against their cross-town rival. First baseman, Robbie Wilson, was hit by a pitch. Wilson quickly stole second. Second baseman, Genki LeClair, then started his two hit day with a double, scoring Wilson from second. Le Clair would go on to steal third. An errant throw down to the Campo first baseman would allow LeClair to score easily from third. 2-0. Jackson Barry and Enzo Santa would draw walks. Catcher, Sam Warren, would capitalize on the free bases by driving a ball to left field for a double, scoring Santa and Barry. (4-0)

In the second inning, the Campo pitcher would continue to have difficulty finding the strike-zone, hitting and walking giant batters in the process. In Robbie Wilson’s case, his second in a row. Le Clair would single moving Wilson to second. The previously walked Zack Gordon had made his way to third base. The Giants then relied on Jackson Barry to lay down a suicide squeeze play bunt with success, scoring Gordon from third. (5-0)

In the top half of the third inning, the weather would certainly play a factor. With chilly winds blowing directly out to center-field, the Giants fell victim to a unlikely defensive collapse, giving up twelve runs, most of which were unearned. Their previous five run cushion eliminated over the course of a forgettable inning. (12-5).

The Giant’s, nonetheless, would rally in the bottom half of the third with three runs of their own. Jacob Klionsky would double to left and Robbie Wilson would single to center. The Campo pitcher had walked Le Clair, Barry and Jack Morken before-hand, giving Redwood three runs back. (12-8).

Campo would pick up a run in the top half of the fourth. (13-8). Jeremy Sellier would enter the game in relief in the fifth inning and put a stop to any Campo scoring. Things looked very promising in the bottom half of the fifth inning. Jack Morken and Genki LeClair would both single. In a pivotal moment in the game, Jacob Klionsky hit the ball hard up the middle, hitting the pitcher and seemingly scoring Le Clair and keeping the two-out rally alive. Remarkably, the umpire called Klionsky out for “stepping out of the batters box,” ending the inning and the Giant’s rally. The game ended after seven innings of play, 14 to 8 Campolindo.

Notable Stats: Sam Warren(2 hits, 2RBI’s, 1 run); Genki LeClair (2Hits, 2BB,1 RBI, 1 run). The Giants left thirteen men on base, committed four errors and combined to throw 159 pitches with five different pitchers. The Giant pitching staff had seven strikeouts in the game but gave up six unearned runs. The day started out extremely promising for the Giants. Bad baseball weather challenged both sides. The Giant’s, despite some difficulties during the game, stayed in the match until the every end. A different call and one less error would have potentially given the Giant’s a sweep. The Giants will look to bounce back and put that third inning in their rear-view mirror when they play Terra Linda to resume MCAL play this Saturday, April 30th, at Terra Linda High School. First pitch-11 a.m. GO GIANTS!

Gallant Effort Sparks Frosh Offense

April 20, 2016: Drake High School, San Anselmo: Gallant Effort Sparks Giant’s Offense. Redwood’s freshman baseball team has many weapons. Even still, on Wednesday night, the Giant’s overcame a scare. There is no doubt the boys from Redwood are loaded with special players. However, there is always a “but,” in the sport of baseball; and on Wednesday night, that proved to be true.

The always reliable, Kyle Felder, started for the Giants. Kyle worked with style, in true fashion, and blanked the Pirate’s through the first three innings . The Giants, however, stalled in the top half of the first inning. This would not last. In the second inning, the Giants manufactured three runs, with hits by Jackson Barry and Jacob Klionsky. Jared Robinow then laid down a bunt to move Barry and Klionsky into scoring position. Nick Cook drove the ball into deep center- giving the Giants their first two runs. A crafty Jared Robinow would eventually steal home plate. (3-0 after two)

In the third inning, Enzo Santa, got on board with a well struck single. Jackson Barry would follow with his second hit of the day, only to be tagged out attempting to steal home. Klionsky, nonetheless, would drive another ball off the left field fence giving the Giants a 3-0 lead. In the top of the fourth, Nick Cook, stayed hot with a lead off bomb. Second baseman, Genki LeClair, followed up with a hard hit RBI to right field, scoring Cook. (6-0)

Drake mounted a comeback in the bottom half of the fourth inning, scoring five runs and giving the home team crowd reason to cheer. (6-5) Redwood stalled in the fifth inning. Drake stayed hot and eventually put runners on third and second in the bottom half of the fifth. With the possible go-ahead runs on board, Head Coach, Tabor Watson, handed the ball to Evan Solter. In the most intense moment of the the game, Evan Solter, threw three untouchable pitches and struck out the Drake batter-silencing the home crowd and ending the Pirate threat.

In the top of the sixth inning, things got sporty for the Giants. Nick Cook, Genki LeClair, Jake Nordstrom and Robbie Wilson all put the ball in play, loading the bases for Jack Morken. With the game still hanging in the balance, Morken tore into a hanging curve ball, sending it to the fence and clearing the bases. Jackson Barry and Jacob Klionsky would pour on the runs, with hard hit balls deep into the outfield. In the end, after the top of the sixth, the Giants would hit through their starting nine, scoring seven runs and ending any hope of a Drake upset.

Zack Gordon and Bryce Jehling entered the game after Drake mounted another one run effort in the bottom half of the sixth inning. Both Gordon and Jehling contributing with solid hits and, in Jehling’s case, the final two outs behind closer Ryan Jessen. Final score: 14-6 Giants.

Notable Stats: Jared Robinow (3 hits, 2 runs); Genki LeClair (2 hits, 2 runs, 1 RBI); Jacob Klionsky (5 plate appearances, 5 hits, 1 RBI, 2 runs); Jackson Barry (2 hits, 1 run); Nick Cook (3 hits, 1 RBI, 2 runs); Robbie Wilson (2 hits, 2 RBI, 1 run); Jack Morken ( 2 hits, 3 RBI, 1 run). The Giants take on San Marin High School next Monday (April 25th) at Sinaloa Middle School. 4:30 p.m. First pitch. Go GIANTS!

Frosh Giants Best Justin Siena in a Team Effort

Freshman Use Eighteen Players in Rout of Justin-Siena April 19, 2016, Napa, CA.- Head coach Tabor Watson platooned eighteen different Giants in six innings to secure a 11-0 shutout of the Justin-Siena Braves. Robbie Wilson started on the hill for the visiting Giants. Wilson had a big cushion to work with from the start as lead-off man, Genki LeClair, forced a walk. In typical fashion, LeClair promptly stole second and third base. Starting in right-field, Kyle Felder, drew the second walk of the contest in as many batters. Felder made short work of stealing second. Third baseman, Jackson Barry, finally got a pitch to hit and drove the ball to left-center for a stand up double, scoring Leclair and Felder. Barry then stole third base putting him in scoring position for Jacob Klionsky, who hit a stand-up double, scoring Barry. (3-0 after one inning of play).

Wilson gave up a hit before settling down and confusing his opponents in three innings of work. The Giants resumed their run production in the third inning. Both LeClair and Wilson were hit by pitches. Jackson Barry and Jacob Klionsky stayed hot with follow-up singles scoring LeClair and Wilson. (5-0) Jared Robinow set down an effective bunt to advance the runners. Ryan Jessen was then walked, leaving a first and third situation for the Brave’s pitcher. Jessen lured the pitcher off the hill by taking off to second early, leaving home base open for Jacob Klionsky to steal and Jessen safe at second. (6-0 after three innings)

Erik Simonson came in to pitch the fourth and fifth innings, keeping the shutout alive. Bryce Jehling, Zack Gordon and Thomas Durtchi also entered the game. In the sixth inning, Zack Gordon lead off with a hard hit ball over the third baseman’s head. Gordon wasted no time in stealing second. Thomas Durtchi then stepped up to the plate and hit a ground ball through the Braves shortstops legs, scoring Gordon from second. (7-0) Kyle Felder followed up with a single. With runners at first and second, Dean Watson came to the plate and smashed a hard line drive off the pitchers foot, deflecting the ball to the third baseman and forcing Durtchi out at third. Jake Nordstrom joined the Hit by Pitch club to load the bases for Enzo Santa. The struggling Braves then walked Enzo, making it 8-0 Giants. A wild pitch followed, allowing Dean Watson to steal home (9-0). Ryan Jessen added a hit to the run-away sixth. The scoring finally ended after center-fielder, Jared Robinow, scorched a ball to right field, scoring Enzo Santa and Jake Nordstrom. (11-0)

Haiden Jones closed out the match with a come-backer for one out and giving his defense a ground ball to execute the game ending double-play. Final score: 11-0 Giants. Notable stats: Coach Watson used eighteen of his players to secure the Giants fourth merciful victory. Robbie Wilson, Erik Simonson and Haiden Jones, combined, threw just 82 pitches in six innings to record the shutout. The Giants will take on Drake High School today (4/20) at Drake. 4:30 first pitch. GO GIANTS!

Redwood Freshman beat Campolindo, 4-3, in Extra-Inning Nail Biter

Wednesday, April 13, 2016, Campolindo High School, Moraga, CA.- The Giants traveled to Moraga on Wednesday night to take on baseball power house Campolindo Cougars in a much anticipated test. Pitcher, Robbie Wilson, started on the hill for the Giants, opposite the Cougars ace. Both pitchers kept the game scoreless through four innings. The Giants, however, were not without their scoring opportunities, as they left several base runners in scoring position in the third, when Nick Cook singled and Robbie Wilson drew a walk, eventually stranding them on second and third base. Giants also threatened in the top of the fourth to no avail.

The Giants finally broke through in the top of the fifth. Nick Cook led off with a single. Second baseman, Genki LeClair, got things moving with a lead-off walk. Catcher, Sam Warren, laid down a text-book bunt to advance Cook and LeClair to third and second, respectively. Jack Morken then hit a hard infield troublemaker, scoring Cook. The game might have been looked a little more secure after Enzo Santa drove a bullet up the middle, only to see his opponent make a diving catch to end the threat. (1-0 Giants)
Kyle Felder took over for Wilson in the fifth inning. Challenging the Campo batters with high-heat and a variety of off speed stuff, Felder kept the Cougar dugout silent-throwing two scoreless innings (5 & 6) of relief.

The Giants kept the pressure on the Cougars in the sixth. Jacob Klionsky drew a walk. Nick Cook added his second hit of the day, moving Klionsky to second. Genki LeClaire then singled, moving Klionsky to third base. A wild pitch that pin balled behind home plate gave Klionsky the opportunity to alertly steal home safely. (2-0 Giants)

The contest seemed at hand with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Unfortunately, the baseball gods had other plans and decided to intervene, giving the Cougars some unearned help, that tied the game at two-a-piece at the end of regulation. (2-2 after seven innings)

The top half of the eighth started out promising. Nick Cook got on base after the Campo infielder had trouble with the hard hit ground ball. LeClaire then drew a walk, putting Cook in scoring position. Sam Warren hit into a fielders choice, forcing Genki out at second but moving Cook to third. Robbie Wilson was awarded first after being hit by a pitch, putting runners at first and third with two outs. Jack Morken then yanked one just foul that would have cleared the bases. The next pitch, Jack drove a hard hit ball to the hot corner and in-between the third baseman’s wickets, scoring Nick Cook from third. (3-2 Giants)

Tabor handed the ball to Jack Morken in the bottom of the eighth to hopefully decide the match. Morken struck out two, but the Redwood defense forgot themselves on a few infield hits, allowing Campo to once again tie the game 3-3 after eight innings of play.

With the sun sinking in the west, and the air temperature falling, Jackson Barry led off the top half of the ninth inning with a shot to right center (Erik Simonson entered to pinch run for Barry). Dean Watson then drew a walk. Jacon Klionsky then successfully laid down a sacrifice bunt, moving Watson to second base (1 out) and Simonson to third. Nick Cook then crushed a high ball to right field, but the endless outfield gave the defender plenty of time to run down the ball (2 outs). The game winning sacrifice fly, however, allowed the speedy Simonson to tag up and score the Giants go ahead and winning run (4-3, Giants).

Jeremy Sellier entered the game for Morken in the bottom half of the ninth inning. Sellier faced the heart of the line-up, but calmed his teammates and certain parents nerves by securing three pop-ups to finally end the contest and give Redwood a hard fought, high intensity, extra-innings victory to start their much deserved spring break. Final: 4 to 3 Giants. The Giants finished with with four runs, six hits on two errors. Campo finished with three runs, seven hits on three errors.

Notable stats: Zack Gordon entered the game in the seventh inning at shortstop, making a stellar short-hop to throw out a campo runner in the bottom of the seventh. Erik Simonson (winning run), Genki LeClair (6PA, 4AB, 1 hit, 1 RBI, 2 BB), Jacob Klionsky (5PA, 2PA, 1 run, 1BB), Jackson Barry (hit), Nick Cook (5AB, 2 hits, 1 RBI, 2 runs), Jack Morken (2 hits*, 2 RBI, HBP). The Giants resume play next Tuesday, April 19, 2016 @ Justin Sienna in Napa-4:30 pmm first pitch. GO GIANTS!

Freshman Fall Short Against MC

March 6, 2016, Al Endriss Field, Larkspur, CA: In the first of two rivalry matches, the Redwood Freshman baseball team experienced their first MCAL loss of the season to cross-town rival Marin Catholic, 6 to 3. Robbie Wilson started on the hill for the Giants. Wilson helped himself in the first inning by picking off MC base runners at both first and second base. Catcher, Sam Warren, threw out a runner attempting to steal second base, for an improbable three outs-all by pick off! Solid defense by Jackson Barry, Dean Watson and Jared Robinow kept the contest scoreless through two innings. Marin Catholic would eventually score three runs in the third and three runs in the fourth. (6-0 after four).

Redwood relief pitchers Evan Solter, Jeremy Sellier and Nick Cook combined to blank the Wildcats the rest of the game, allowing Redwood to fight back into the contest. Aided by an outstanding double-play by third baseman, Jackson Barry, and second baseman, Genki LeClair, in the top of the sixth, the Giants finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth. Nick Cook led off with a single. LeClair then drew a walk, setting up Jack Morken, who maintained his hitting streak with a two RBI shot to right field. Enzo Santa would also add to his RBI total, making the score 6 to 3 with no outs in the inning. Some aggressive base running put the fourth run inches away after Jack Morken was called out at home. 6-3 after six.

Nick Cook was impressive in the top half of the seventh, striking out the first MC batter. Center-fielder, Jared Robinow, then made a leaping catch in deep center field to register the second out. Cook then struck out the final MC batter looking. The Giants were primed to steal a home victory in the bottom of the seventh but came up short. Final score: 6 to 3 MC. The Freshman will surely look forward to bounce back against MC next month (May 7th).

Notable stats from Nick Cook (hit, run, 2ks); Genki LeClair (hit, run, bb); Robbie Wilson (3.2 IP, 3ks, run); Jack Morken (hit, 2RBI’s); Enzo Santa (RBI); Jackson Barry (DP, hit).

The 11 and 3 Giants take on San Marin H.S next at San Marin High: Saturday April 9th, 11:00 a.m. first pitch. GO GIANTS!

Freshman Win 11th Straight

March 30, 2016, Mill Valley, Tam High School: Giant Freshman win 11th straight The freshman baseball team notched their eleventh straight victory tonight, beating Tam High 11 to 0. Tonight, the Giants wasted no time disposing of the Hawks. Lead off batter, Nick Cook, got on base after being walked. Genki LeClair followed Cook with a hard hit opposite field single. Pitcher, Robbie Wilson, loaded the bases after laying down a perfect bunt and outrunning the throw to first base. With the bases loaded, the table was set for Redwoods’ cleanup batter, Jack Morken, to clear the bases with a hard hit double to right-center. 3-0 after one.

Thompson maintained his dominance on the hill by striking out two hawks in a three up three down bottom half of the first. The second inning began with Tam’s starting pitcher walking Ryan Jessen, who then stole his way to third. Nick Cook singled Jessen home to make the score 5-0. Cook was caught stealing second to clear the bases. Always a threat, Genki Leclair, laid down a text book bunt along the third base line. LeClair then stole his way to third base, setting up Robbie Thompson, who helped himself to a comfortable five run lead, by driving the ball to left-center, scoring LeClair. Thompson faced three batters and retired three batters to finish the second inning. 5-0 Giants after two innings.

The third inning started with Enzo Santa smashing the ball over the Hawk’s outfielders for a triple. Jackson Barry then drove the ball on his way to a stand-up double. Erik Simonson entered the game as a pinch runner for Barry. Dean Watson was walked before Ryan Jessen showed his small ball skills with a perfect bunt allowing the runners to advance. Erik Simonson alertly stole home after a wild pitch by the Hawks pitcher, giving Redwood a comfortable 7-0 lead. Nick Cook put the game out of reach by driving the ball up the middle, allowing Watson to score the final run of the inning. 8-0 Giants after three innings.

The Hawk’s only glimmer of offense came in the fourth inning. With a runner in scoring position, the Hawks finally got a hit, but their hopes for a run were dashed after center fielder, Jack Morken, gunned down the Tam base runner at third base with a dynamic throw from center field to third baseman Jackson Barry, ending the threat. The Giants were not finished in the fourth inning. With Robbie Thompson on base, Enzo Santa singled him home. (9-0 Giants) Morken, Barry and Watson were then walked, giving Morken an eventual free trip to home. (10-0 Giants after four.)

With the game out of reach, Sam Warren started off the fifth inning with a hard hit triple. Nick Cook put the Hawk’s out of their misery with an RBI single, scoring Warren and giving the Giants their third straight win by mercy and eleventh straight win. Notable stats by Nick Cook (2 for 3 hitting, 3 RBI’s), Genki LeClair (2 for 3 hitting, 3 runs), Robbie Wilson (2 for 3 hitting, 3 runs, 1 RBI, 5 IP, 7 k’s) Jack Morken (3 RBI’s, double, 1 run), Enzo Santa (2 for 3 hitting, 3 RBI’s, 1 run) and Jackson Barry (1 hit, 1 RBI).

The Giants take their undefeated show on the road tomorrow (March 31st) to take on Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa. 4 p.m. first pitch. The freshman finish their week on Friday, April 1st, down in San Mateo, where they will take on Serra at 4 p.m. GO GIANTS!

Freshman Continue Streak Against Terra Linda

March 26, 2016: Redwood’s Freshman Baseball squad remained perfect today with a 12 to 1 trouncing of Terra Linda High School.  Evan Solter started on the hill for the Giants, throwing two and 1/3 innings of no-hit baseball.  Redwood’s defense did allow one run, but the error would amount to a small hiccup before the Giants started pouring on some runs.  Genki LeClaire got on board in the bottom of the first inning after being walked.  The speedy LeClaire wasted no time at first, stealing second, third, and home in due course. 1-1 after one.

Solter struck out the side in the top of the second inning, adding three K’s to his eventual total of five.   In the bottom half of the second, the Giants got started with Evan Solter outrunning the Terra Linda defense.  Solter was then advanced to second after the Trojan’s pitcher balked.  In what should have been an RBI line drive to center by Dean Watson, ended when the TL shortstop was standing behind second, catching Solter off base in an improbable double play.  The Trojan pitcher could not capitalize on the gift, allowing Jacob Kilonsky and Kyle Felder to score after walking several batters.  3-1 after two innings.

Jeremy Sellier entered the game after two and a third innings of no hit pitching in relief of Solter.  Sellier added two strikeouts of his own to combine with Solter to strike out the side in the top half of the third inning.  In the bottom half of the third, the Giants stayed true to fashion with an offensive explosion, scoring four runs with timely hitting from Enzo Santa, Evan Solter, Zack Gordon, Jake Hake, Ryan Jessen and Kyle Felder.  Nick Cook then cleared the bases with an inside the park homerun.  9 to 1 after three innings.

Haiden Jones entered the game in the fourth and pitched his team out of a bases loaded situation, taking matters into his own hands with one strike out and fielding two himself to end the threat.  After a scoreless fourth inning, the fifth inning got started with a Ryan Jessen bomb to the Al Endriss scoreboard in deep center field for a double, scoring Genki LeClaire. (10-1)  The game ended on a Enzo Santa two run dinger over the center field fence-his second homerun of the season.  Final score-12 to 1 Giants.

Some notable stats from Ryan Jessen (2 for 4 at the plate with a single, double and a run), Kyle Felder (2 RBI’s, 2 Runs), Nick Cook (HR, 2RBI’s, 2Runs) and Enzo Santa (HR, 2RBI’s, 2Runs).

The 10 and 0 Giants enter the crux of their schedule next week with road games Wednesday March 30, 2016@Tam (4:30 p.m.), Thursday March 31, 2016 @Cardinal Newman (4:00p.m.) and Friday April 1, 2016 @ Serra (4:00p.m.).

Let’s show up in droves to support these guys.  GO GIANTS!

Freshman Notch Second Straight Five Inning Shut-out

The Redwood Freshman Baseball team notched their second straight five inning 10 to 0 shutout tonight vs. Drake High School, keeping their 2016 overall record perfect at 9 and 0. Kyle Felder started on the hill and continued his dominant season. Felder used his curve ball and consistent location around the strike zone to earn him his second straight shutout. The Giants defense was error free. Zack Gordon absorbed the bulk of Drake’s offensive efforts at shortstop.

Offensively, once again, the Giants wasted no time and opened the bottom half of the first inning with Jack Morken taking an outside pitch to deep right field, tripling home Kyle Felder and Robbie Wilson. 2-0 after one.

Consistent pitching by Felder kept Drake off the scoreboard in the top of the second. In the bottom half, catcher Jake Nordstrom and third basemen Jackson Barry each singled. Second baseman, Genki LeClaire, then drove the ball through the second baseman’s legs, scoring Jake Nordstrom (3-0). After, Robbie Wilson pounded out a double to score Genki LeClaire and Zack Gordon (5-0). Another hard hit line drive by Jack Morken right at the short stop ended the bottom half of the second inning, 5-0 giants after two innings.

The top half of the third inning showcased Redwoods stingy defense with infielders Jackson Barry and Zack Gordon and outfielder Jack Morken quickly disposing of the Pirate hitters.

The bottom half of the third inning started with a bomb to left field from Enzo Santa. After his lead off double, Enzo was caught in a rundown between second and third, zigzagging back and forth before getting tagged out at third. Jackson Barry and Jake Nordstrom followed up with back to back singles. After a passed ball behind home plate, both runners advanced. Zack Gordon then put the game out of reach with a two out single, scoring Barry and Nordstrom (7-0). Gordon would make his way around the bases to score the Giants eighth run, sliding under the tag at home. 8-0 Giants after three innings.

Ryan Jessen entered the game in the fourth inning and immediately contributed with a hard hit ball down the third base line. Morken was then walked and made his way to third after a second passed ball behind home plate. Morken would later score after another Pirate error (9-0). Jared Robinow finished off the Pirates after tagging up at third after another Jackson Barry hit to right field. 10 to 0 Giants after four innings.

Bryce Jehling and Thomas Durtchi entered the game in the top of the fifth inning, both securing the final two outs of the game respectively. Final score: Giants 10, Drake 0.

Redwood’s freshman play Terra Linda next at Endriss Field this Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. The Giants then travel to Mill Valley to take on Tamalpais High School on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. GO GIANTS!

Re-Tooled Freshman Notch Another Win

March 18, 2016, Endriss Field, Larkspur. Coach Taber Watson re-tooled his Freshman Baseball squad this evening, starting a completely new lineup against Terra Linda High School. The depth of Redwood’s freshman baseball team was apparent from the start, as the Giants notched their seventh victory with a 10 to 0 thumping of the outmatched Trojans.

Kyle Felder started on the hill tonight for the Giants and pitched three dominant no-hit innings. The Giants needed very little effort to get the scoring started after Terra Linda’s starting pitcher could not get out of the inning, giving up four walks to load the bases for Ryan Jessen, who drove the ball to left center, scoring Zack Gordon and Sam Warren. After Terra Linda pulled their starting pitcher, it was Bryce Jehling’s turn to drive a ball to right center, scoring Enzo Santa. More walks were given up before Jarod Robinow blew the game wide open with a base hit. The Giants ended the first inning with a commanding 8-0 lead.

In the top of the second inning, Kyle Felder’s curve ball was as devastating as his fastball. Felder was unhitable the rest of the day. The Giants added the rest of the games runs in the bottom half of the second, with hits from Jacob Kilonsky, Kyle Felder and Jarod Robinow’s second of the day to stretch the lead to 10 to 0.

Jeremy Sellier entered the game to pitch the top of the fourth along with Nick Cook. The Giants ended any hope of the Trojans’ scoring when catcher Sam Warren threw out the TL baserunner at second base with a perfect seed to Thomas Durtchi. The Giants left Nick Cook in the game to finish off the Trojan’s in five innings-mercy indeed.

The Freshman squad is now 7 and 0. The team is scheduled to play away at Drake High school next Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. and then back home vs. Terra Linda on Saturday March 26, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. GO GIANTS!

Freshman Kick Off League Play With Victory

March 16, 2016-Endriss Field, Larkspur, CA. Redwood’s Freshmen Baseball Team kicked off their 2016 campaign with a convincing 5 to 1 win over Drake High School. Robbie Wilson pitched a complete game giving up his bid for a no-hitter after 6 1/3 innings of scoreless no hit pitching.

After a scoreless first two innings, Redwood started the bottom of the third with a Genke Leclaire single. Jack Morken kept his hitting streak alive with a hard drive to right center, scoring Genke LeClaire from first base. Dean Watson was hit by a pitch setting up Jackson Barry who came through with a two RBI single-scoring Jack Morken and Dean Watson. 3-0 after three innings.

The boys turned a impressive double play to to start the top of the 4th inning when Jackson Barry scooped up a grounder and threw to Genke who made the turn to Evan Solter. The bottom half of the 4th got a pure hustle start from Sam Warren to outrun the defense for a single. Genke doubled to right field scoring a fast moving Warren from first. 4-0 redwood after four.

After going three up three down, Redwood started the bottom half of the 5th with Enzo Santa walking to first. Evan Solter then got involved and knocked home another run making the contest 5-0. Throwing a “no-no” into the final frame, Robbie Wilson gave up his bid to no hit the opener with a pesky single up the middle. Bryce Jehling and Jared Robinow entered the game to contribute to the victory, with Bryce getting a nice hit to right field.

The 6 and 0 Giants will take on Terra Linda Highschool this Friday back at Endriss Field with a 4:30 pm first pitch. Go Giants!

Freshmen Best Petaluma

The Redwood Giants 2016 Freshman jump on Petaluma Early And Coast To 11-2 Win Our Freshman team took a commanding early lead on Petaluma and captured an 11-2 victory under cloudy skies at Endriss Field Friday afternoon. The game was decided quickly when the boys scored early with five runs in the first three innings. A groundout by Sam Warren in the second inning got the team offense started, with Jack Morken following with two RBIs on two hits for singles in the third and the fourth. Robbie Wilson pitched lights out. Petaluma only registered three hits off of Wilson, who allowed only one earned run, walked none and struck out five batters in five innings. Erik Simonson relieved Wilson and pitched two solid innings to finish the game. The team built upon their lead adding four runs in the third. Genki LeClair started the inning with a double, scoring Nick Cook. In the fourth, the team scored on a two-run single by Wilson, bringing home Jake Nordstrom and Cook. In the sixth, a clutch ground out scored Zach Gordon to open the scoring in the frame, followed up by Jackson Barry’s single, plating Simonson and Bryce Jehling.

Freshman Schedule-Not Yet Updated on MaxPreps

2/22:  Until the Freshman Season Schedule gets posted correctly on MaxPreps, we thought we’d share the schedule with you here.

Wednesday  2/24   3:30pm   @ Casa Grande                Preseason
Friday         2/26    3:30pm   @ Home vs Petaluma      Preseason
Saturday     2/27    11:00am  @ Home vs. Riordan       Scrimmage
Tuesday      3/01    3:30pm   @ Home vs. Newman      Preseason
Saturday     3/05    1:00pm   @ Drake                           Non-League
Friday         3/11    3:30pm  @ Home vs. Monte Vista  Preseason
Tuesday      3/15    4:00pm  @ Home vs. Piedmont      Preseason
Wednesday 3/16    4:30pm  @ Home vs. Drake            League
Friday         3/18    4:30pm  @ Home vs. Terra Linda   Non-League
Saturday     3/26    11:00am @ Home vs. Terra Linda   League
Wednesday 3/30    4:30pm  @ Tam                               League
Thursday    3/31    4:00pm  @ Home vs. Newman       Non-League
Friday        4/01    4:00pm  @ Serra                              Non-League
Wednesday 4/06   4:30pm  @ Home vs. MC                League
Saturday     4/09   11:00am @ San Marin                     League
Wednesday 4/13   4:00pm  @ Campolindo                  Non-League
Tuesday      4/19   4:35pm  @ Justin Sienna                League
Wednesday 4/20   4:30pm  @ Drake                            League
Tuesday      4/26   4:00pm  @ Home vs. Campolindo  Non-League
Saturday     4/30   11:00am @ Terra Linda                   League
Monday      5/2     4:30pm  @ Home vs. Tam              League
Saturday     5/7     11:00am @ Marin Catholic             League
Wednesday 5/11    4:30pm @  Home vs. San Marin    League
Thursday    5/12    4:30pm @ Home vs.Justin Sienna  League