5/11: The frosh Giants completed their season with a 9-1 victory over Drake in San Anselmo.
Mikey Bender cruised through five innings, striking out six while allowing only a single run. The Giants scored early and often, scoring four in the first and another run in the second and adding on from there. Ben Cohen, Bender and Tommy Quanstrom all had two hit days for the Giants. Bender and Quanstrom led the team in RBIs with three apiece, while Charlie Ginsburg led the Giants in runs scored with three. Zane Kempler closed the door with two scoreless innings.
The Giants took the MCAL regular season title with a remarkable 22 wins this year against only a single defeat. Kudos to the frosh and coaches Taber Watson, Corbin Wirta and Dan Watson on an outstanding season!
The Giants scored twice in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Tommy Quanstrom to score Cohen and a Mikey Bender grounder that was thrown away by Newman’s third baseman allowing Ethan Crawford to score.
Redwood doubled its lead in the bottom of the fourth. Bodie Jehling got things started with a one-out single. Charlie Ginsburg followed with a groundball single to right to advance Jehling to second. Cohen then hit a liner to left that Newman’s left fielder made a diving attempt on but missed. The ball scooted by, allowing Jehling and Ginsburg to score while Cohen coasted into third with a triple. After four innings, the Giants led 4-0.
The was more than enough for Cohen, who went six strong while striking out seven and allowing only one run. Quanstrom came in and put an exclamation point on the win, earning the save by striking out the side in order in the final inning.
Ginsburg led the team in hits on the day with two, and the Giants got strong defensive plays in the outfield from Asher Jacobs in center and Bender in right.
A terrific season for the frosh comes to an end this Friday in San Anselmo versus Drake. First pitch 4:30 PM.
5/5: The freshman Giants tallied win number 20 on the season with a 7-0 victory over Novato on Saturday at Endriss Field.
Tommy Quanstrom, Dillon Jensen and Zane Kempler combined to shut out the Hornets on a combined two hits. Quanstrom started and was dominant in his three innings, striking out seven Novato batters.
The Giants scored their first run in the bottom of the second, with Jack Bober knocking in Quanstrom with a sharp single to left. In the bottom of the third, the Giants tacked on four more on a Mikey Bender RBI single to score Jack Watson, a dropped fly ball off the bat of Kempler to score Thomas Johnson and Bodie Jehling, and a steal of home by Bender when the Hornets threw to second trying to get Kempler stealing from first.
The Giants added single runs in the fifth and sixth on a Kempler sacrifice fly to score Parker McMillan and a McMillan single to score Asher Jacobs.
Quanstrom, Jensen and Kempler kept the Hornet bats quiet all day – helped out by several standout plays from Jehling at shortstop. Bender led the Giants in hits on the day with two.
The 20-1 Giants now head into their final week of the season with games against Cardinal Newman on Wednesday at 4:30 PM at Endriss Field and Drake on Friday at 4:30 PM in San Anselmo.
4/30: The freshman Giants rode a gutty effort from starting pitcher Ben Cohen and some early offense to defeat Tamalpais by a score of 7-3 on Monday afternoon at Tam High.
The Giants jumped on Tam for three runs in the top of the first. Tommy Quanstrom provided the big hit with a two-out single to center to score Cohen and Ethan Crawford. After Mikey Bender followed with a single, J.T. Dyer drove in Quanstrom for the final run of the inning.
The Giants added on in the second and third innings. In the second, Cohen drove home Bodie Jehling on a double to left. After Cohen stole third, Sam McIntosh brought Cohen home with an RBI groundout to stake Redwood to a 5-0 lead. In the top of the third, Dyer singled home Quanstrom, who had reached on a double, and through three innings the count was 6-0 Redwood.
Cohen, meanwhile, was pitching through a nasty blister on his pitching hand that deprived him of any feel with his curveball. Forced to go almost entirely with a fastball/changeup combination, Cohen nevertheless battled through five innings while yielding only two runs (one earned). After five innings, Redwood was up 6-2.
Bender relieved Cohen and picked up right where he left off, striking out three in his two innings of work. Redwood added a big insurance run in the top of the seventh on a Jack Watson single to right to plate Bender. Bender worked out of a jam in Tam’s last at-bat, fanning Tam’s final hitter with the bases loaded and the tying run at the plate.
Bender and Dyer led the Giants in hits on the day with three apiece, while Quanstrom and Jehling pitched in two each.
The Giants record for the season now stands at 18-1. Next game for the frosh is Wednesday afternoon at Endriss Field against Marin Catholic. First pitch at 4:30 PM.
4/28: Tommy Quanstrom, Mikey Bender and Jake Zesiger threw a combined five-inning no hitter on Saturday afternoon at Endriss, as the frosh Giants cruised to an 11-0 win over Monte Vista to improve their season record to 17-1.
The game was scoreless through two innings, but the Giants broke through with crooked numbers in the third and fourth innings. J.T. Dyer led off the bottom of the third with a double to right-center. After advancing to third on a single to left by Zesiger, Bodie Jehling brought Dyer home with a sacrifice fly to right. After walks to Charlie Ginsburg and Ben Cohen to load the bases, Sam McIntosh drove in a pair with a single to left. Ethan Crawford followed with a sacrifice fly and Quanstrom a single to left to plate two more runs. Bender closed out the scoring with a booming drive to left-center for a double, and after three innings the Giants led 6-0. Bender’s hit was very nearly the Giants’ first homer of the year, hitting half way up the fence on the fly.
The Giants put the game out of reach in the bottom of the fourth. After Thomas Johnson and Asher Jacobs reached on Monte Vista errors, Sam Rice brought Johnson home with a single to left. Jehling followed with an RBI single to score Jacobs. After Ginsburg was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Cohen followed with a hard grounder that took a bad hop and got through the Monte Vista shortstop. The ball then seemed to defy the laws of physics and pick up speed as it split the gap in left-center for the seldom seen ground ball triple to clear the bases.
Meanwhile, Quanstrom, Bender and Zesiger were holding down the Monte Vista offense with relative ease. Their no-hitter was saved in the top of the fourth by a terrific diving catch of a sinking liner to center by Jacobs and the game was called based on mercy rules after Zesiger closed out the top of the fifth.
On Monday, the Giants will be looking to avenge their only loss of the season against Tamalpais. First pitch is set for 4:30 PM at Tam.
4/23 and 4/26: The freshman Giants rallied from a 3-2 deficit with a four-run fourth inning to defeat San Rafael 6-3 on Monday afternoon at Endriss Field. The Giants followed that up with a 12-3 victory over the Bulldogs on Thursday afternoon at San Rafael High.
In Monday’s game, Jack Bober kicked off the scoring for Redwood in the bottom of the second by singling home Mikey Bender. Bodie Jehling followed with an RBI single to score JT Dyer, and after two innings the Giants led 2-0.
After San Rafael rallied for three runs in the top of the fourth, the Giants struck back for four runs in the bottom half, highlighted by an RBI single by Bender and a Jake Zesiger fly ball that was misplayed by San Rafael’s right fielder to score two runs.
Bender and Dyer closed out the game, with Bender throwing two and two-thirds scoreless innings and Dyer throwing the final inning for the save. Jehling led the Giants in hits on the day, going three for three.
The two squads ran it back on Thursday, and the Giants blew open a tight game late with nine runs in their final two at-bats to win going away by a final score of 12-3. Dyer and Bender led the Giants offensively, each going three for four on the day. The Giants went with Johnny Wholestaff on the mound, with Jake Zesiger, Bender, Dyer, Dillon Jensen, Tommy Quanstrom and Zane Kempler each throwing on the day.
The Giants record for the season now stands at 16-1. Next game for the frosh is versus Monte Vista (Danville) at Endriss Field at 11:00 AM on Saturday.
Charlie Ginsburg opened the game with a single to center. After stealing second, Ginsburg scored on a Ben Cohen single to left. Sam McIntosh then singled to right, advancing Cohen to third. Ethan Crawford followed with a line single to left center, scoring Cohen and sending McIntosh to third. Tommy Quanstrom plated McIntosh with a sacrifice fly, and the Giants led 3-0 after their first at-bat.
The Giants added three more runs in the second. Thomas Johnson led off the inning with a walk. Ginsburg followed with a bloop single to right. Cohen brought them both home with a shot up the gap in left-center for a double. After Cohen advanced to third on a wild pitch, McIntosh brought him home with an RBI groundout.
Mikey Bender started on the mound for the Giants and was very impressive on short rest, striking out eight over his five innings of work and yielding only one run.
The Giants continued to add on in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, with Crawford, Quanstrom, Asher Jacobs, McIntosh and Bodie Jehling delivering RBIs.
Zane Kempler relieved Bender in the bottom of the sixth, striking out two to end the game after six innings based on MCAL mercy rules.
Cohen paced the Giants offensively with three RBIs and three runs scored. McIntosh, Crawford and Quanstrom had two RBIs apiece, and Ginsburg led the Giants with four runs scored.
Next game for the frosh is at San Marin at 11:00 AM on Saturday.
4/17: The freshman Giants rode Jake Zesiger’s strong start to a 6-1 victory over Drake on Tuesday afternoon at Endriss Field. Zesiger went five innings, striking out six and yielding only one base hit. The Giants improved their record to 12-1 for the season.
The Giants scored single runs in the third and fourth innings on an RBI single by Charlie Ginsburg to score Bodie Jehling and an RBI groundout by Tommy Quanstrom to score Ethan Crawford.
With the lead at 2-0, the Giants opened things up in the bottom of the fifth. Thomas Johnson led off and doubled to deep right-center. Jehling followed with a single to left to advance Johnson to third. Ginsburg then singled to right to score Johnson and advance Jehling to third. After a walk to Ben Cohen to load the bases, Jehling scored on a wild pitch and Sam McIntosh brought Ginsburg home with an RBI groundout and the Giants lead through five innings was 5-0. The Giants added one more run in the bottom of the sixth when J.T. Dyer singled and ultimately scored on a throwing error by the Drake catcher.
Quanstrom and Dillon Jensen combined to record the final six outs for the Giants, with Jensen ending the game on a swinging strikeout.
Ginsburg led the Giants in hits and RBIs on the day with two of each, and Jehling paced the Giants in runs scored with two.
The freshmen travel to Terra Linda for their next game on Wednesday afternoon – first pitch at 4:30 PM.
4/14: Mikey Bender threw a complete game no-hitter to lead the freshman Giants to a 10-0 win over San Rafael under the lights at Albert Park on Saturday night. Bender overwhelmed the Bulldogs, striking out eleven over his seven innings while walking only three. The Giants upped their record to 11-1 on the season.
The Giants broke the game open early with a six-run second inning, highlighted by RBI hits by Bender, Charlie Ginsburg, Ben Cohen, Tommy Quanstrom and Sam McIntosh.
That was more than enough for Bender, who used excellent fastball command to move the ball all over the four strike zone quadrants and overpower the Bulldog hitters throughout the night. In addition to his fine pitching, Bender also led the Giants in hits on the evening with two.
Next up for the frosh (weather permitting) is Drake on Monday afternoon – 4:30 PM at Endriss Field.
4/13: The freshman Giants traveled to Moraga on Friday afternoon and behind another strong start from pitcher Ben Cohen defeated Campolindo by a score of 2-1.
The game was scoreless through the first five innings as Cohen and Campo pitcher Chris Ruane matched each other zero for zero. The Giants finally got on the board in the top of the sixth. Ethan Crawford got things started with a one out walk. After stealing second and advancing to third on a groundout, Thomas Johnson came through with the key base hit that had eluded the Giants in the prior five innings, lining a sharp single to left to score Crawford.
Cohen completed his outing by retiring Campo in order in the bottom of the sixth. Cohen notched seven strikeouts in his six innings of work and yielded only two hits.
The Giants added what would turn out to be a handy insurance run in the top of the seventh. Bodie Jehling led off with a single to left. Charlie Ginsburg followed with a bunt single. Sam McIntosh then drove Jehling home with a single to left, and headed into Campo’s last at bat Redwood led 2-0.
Closer J.T. Dyer came on in relief and notched the save, with Jack Watson recording the final out on a deep fly to center.
Ginsburg led the Giants in hits on the day with three. The Giants record for the season now stands at 10-1.
Next game for the frosh will be their only night game of the year – against San Rafael on Saturday at Albert Park at 6:30 PM.
4/4: The frosh Giants improved their record to 9-1 with a 6-1 victory at Novato.
Jake Zesiger started for the Giants and held Novato to one run over his four innings. The Giants scored single runs in the second, third and fourth innings on an RBI single by Jack Watson, an RBI triple by Mikey Bender and an RBI single by Ethan Crawford.
The Giants got strong outfield defense from Ben Cohen and Thomas Johnson, each of whom covered serious outfield real estate to make tough running catches in center and right.
The Giants added two runs in the top of the fifth to make the score 5-1. Bodie Jehling drove in the first run with an RBI single. With Bender on third and Jehling on first, Jehling took off for second before the Novato pitcher came home, getting himself into a rundown. While the Novato infield was distracted by Jehling, Bender raced home from third with the fifth run of the game for the Giants.
Zane Kempler relieved Zesiger in the bottom of the fifth and pitched flawlessly, giving up only one hit over the final three innings while striking out three.
The Giants added their final run in the top of the sixth, with Bender driving Kempler home on a single to center. Bender led the Giants offensively on the day, going three for three with a walk to boot.
The frosh are off until next Friday, April 13. On that date they play Campolindo in Moraga at 4:00 PM. The next evening, Saturday, April 14, the Giants will take on San Rafael under the lights at Albert Park (first pitch 6:30 PM).
4/3: The frosh Giants broke out the bats early and cruised to a 10-2 win over San Marin on Tuesday at Endriss Field. Ben Cohen started on the mound and was dominant, striking out 11 Mustangs in his 5 and 1/3 innings of work.
The Giants got things rolling straight away in the bottom of the first. Charlie Ginsburg led off with a line drive single to center. Cohen followed with a perfectly executed hit and run ground ball single to right, with Ginsburg taking third and Cohen alertly taking second when the right fielder’s throw to third sailed over the cutoff man. Sam McIntosh and Ethan Crawford followed with RBI singles, and at the end of the first the Giants were up 2-0.
After Cohen set the Mustangs down in order in the top of the second, J.T. Dyer led off the bottom half with a sharp single to left. After Dyer stole second, Bodie Jehling brought him home with a double down the right field line. Cohen then drove one deep up the left-center gap for a double to score Jehling. After McIntosh was hit by a pitch, Crawford doubled to left center to plate Cohen and McIntosh and give the Giants a 6-0 lead after two innings.
The Giants had given Cohen a big lead, but he didn’t really need it, as he overpowered the Mustang hitters with his fastball and yielded only a pair of unearned runs. The Giants scored single runs in the third and fourth innings on an RBI single by Asher Jacobs and a sacrifice fly by Crawford.
The Giants closed out the day’s scoring with an RBI single by Ginsburg to score Thomas Johnson and a bases loaded walk to Jack Watson. Ginsburg, Cohen, Crawford and Dyer all had multiple hit days for the Giants. Crawford led the Giants with three RBIs.
Mikey Bender came on in relief of Cohen and made quick work of the Mustangs in the sixth and seventh innings, ending the game with a nicely turned 1-6-3 double play.
Quick turnaround for the frosh with their next game at Novato on Wednesday at 4:30 PM.
3/31: The frosh Giants bounced back from their first loss of the season at Marin Catholic on Saturday, defeating the Wildcats by a score of 10-5. The Giants put eight runs on the board in the first two innings, and survived a late inning scare to run their season record to 7-1.
Ben Cohen got things started on offense in the top of the first with a one out walk and then advanced to third on an errant pickoff throw. With two outs and Cohen still at third, Ethan Crawford lined a sharp single to center to score Cohen. RBI singles from Tommy Quanstrom and Jake Zesiger followed, and the Giants led 3-0 after one inning.
In the top of the second, Asher Jacobs and Bodie Jehling led off with walks. Charlie Ginsburg was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. Cohen followed with a walk of his own to bring in a run. With one out and the bases still loaded, Crawford doubled to left center to plate two runs. After a walk to Quanstrom, Zesiger reached on an error by MC’s shortstop that brought home Sam McInstosh, who had reached on a fielder’s choice groundout. Jacobs then drew another bases loaded walk to push across the final run of the inning. When it was over, the Giants were up 8-0.
Cohen started on the hill for the Giants and breezed through two innings. With the lead at 8-0 at that point, manager Taber Watson turned things over the bullpen, getting an inning apiece from Dillon Jensen, Mikey Bender and McIntosh. Zesiger came on in relief in the bottom of the sixth and struck out the side. The Giants added a run in the fourth on a Parker McMillan infield single to score J.T. Dyer, and heading into the seventh, the score was 9-5 in favor of the Giants.
In the top of the seventh, Crawford singled in Cohen to make it 10-5. Crawford was the hitting star of the day for the Giants, going 3-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored.
The Wildcats made things interesting in their last at-bat, putting two runners on with two outs off of Zesiger, but MC’s bid to keep the inning going was denied by center fielder Jacobs, who made an outstanding diving catch of a sinking liner to end the game.
Next up for the frosh is San Marin on Tuesday, April 3 (4:30 PM at Endriss Field). This is the makeup game from the earlier Redwood-San Marin game that was rained out. The game will be replayed in its entirety (as opposed to resumed from the point at which the prior game was called off). Before adjourning for Spring Break, on Wednesday, April 4 the Giants will play Novato at San Jose Middle School in Novato at 4:30 PM.
3/28: The frosh Giants played for the third consecutive day on Wednesday, and it did not appear to agree with them. The Giants were sluggish in all phases and were soundly defeated by Tamalpais by a score of 8-1, dropping their record to 6-1 on the season. Tam’s Tucker Bougie notched the victory, working around six hits and five walks over six innings to allow only one run. The Giants were unable to come up with the key hits with runners on, and also ran into several outs on the bases.
The Giants lone run scored in the first inning, when Jake Zesiger singled home Charlie Ginsburg. Mikey Bender started for the Giants and deserved a better fate, taking the loss despite allowing only two runs over four innings. Tam broke the game open late with a five-run sixth inning that was aided by some shaky defense from the Giants.
The frosh will try to rebound in their next game – at Marin Catholic on Saturday at 11:00 AM.
3/27: The freshman Giants improved to 6-0 with an impressive 10-4 road victory over Cardinal Newman.
After being forced to use more arms than planned the day before, the Giants needed starting pitcher Jake Zesiger to provide a quality start. Zesiger did that and much more, throwing 5 and 2/3 innings and nearly 100 pitches while limiting Cardinal Newman to just two earned runs.
Trailing 1-0 heading into the top of the third, Sam McIntosh led off with a single to center. After advancing to second and third on wild pitches, Bodie Jehling reached on an error by Cardinal Newman’s first baseman, allowing McIntosh to score. Charlie Ginsburg followed with a single to right, with Jehling reaching third. Ben Cohen then drove them both home with a long double to left, but was thrown out trying to advance to third on the play. After Ethan Crawford reached on an error and took second on a wild pitch, Tommy Quanstrom singled to left to plate Crawford for the final run of the inning and the Giants lead stood at 4-1.
After Cardinal Newman picked up two runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut Redwood’s lead to 4-3, the Giants added two runs in the top of the fifth, with Crawford hitting an RBI groundout to score Ginsburg and Quanstrom doubling in Cohen. In the top of the sixth, Thomas Johnson started a two out rally with a single and ultimately came home on a balk. Heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Giants were up 7-3. Jack Watson relieved Zesiger on the mound with two outs in the bottom of the sixth and nailed down the final out of the inning with a strikeout.
The Giants opened things up further in the top of the seventh. After a one out single by Mikey Bender, Dillon Jensen cranked a double down the left field line to bring Bender home. Sam Rice followed with a double down the left field line of his own to score Jensen. Rice then came home on a Johnson grounder and the game stood at 10-3 Giants heading into Cardinal Newman’s last at-bat.
Cardinal Newman scored once in the seventh, but Jensen came in to shut the door, getting a fly out and a strikeout to end it.
Next game for the frosh is against Tamalpais at Endriss Field on Wednesday at 4:30.