Frosh Giants Edge Campolindo

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.


Frosh Giants Take Care of Business Against Novato

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).

Frosh Giants Beat San Marin in Makeup Game

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.

Frosh Giants Jump MC Early, Hang on for Win

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.

Frosh Giants Suffer First Loss of the Season; Blame It On The Bougie

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.

Freshman Giants Defeat Cardinal Newman

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.

Frosh Come Back from Touchdown Deficit to Defeat Terra Linda

3/26: The freshman Giants stormed back from an early 7-0 deficit to score a walk-off 10-9 win over Terra Linda on Ethan Crawford’s RBI single in the bottom of the seventh.

The Trojans jumped on the Giants with seven runs in the top of the first inning off of starting pitcher Asher Jacobs and Tommy Quanstrom, who relieved Jacobs. Both Jacobs and Quanstrom struggled with their command, and Terra Linda took full advantage of the seven walks and one hit batsman they were afforded in the inning. Ben Cohen relieved Quanstrom with the bases loaded and two outs and got a strike out to finally end the inning.

The Giants struck back for four runs of their own in the bottom of the first, with runs scoring on a major league pop fly off the bat of J.T. Dyer that was dropped by the Trojans’ second baseman, a wild pitch to score Cohen, a Mikey Bender groundout and a Sam McIntosh single.

After Cohen retired the Trojans in order in the top of the second, Thomas Johnson led off the bottom half and reached on an error by the TL shortstop. Johnson showed off his great speed by stealing second and then scoring all the way from second base on a Jack Watson infield single to the hole in deep short.

Terra Linda added two unearned runs off of Cohen in the top of the fourth and the game stood at 9-5 Terra Linda heading into the bottom of the fourth. In the bottom half, Cohen drove in Charlie Ginsburg with a single to right to cut the lead to 9-6.

With the score still at 9-6, McIntosh led off the bottom of the fifth and reached second on an error by the Trojans’ left fielder. Quanstrom then drove McIntosh home with a line shot to center that hit off the base of the wall. After Johnson was hit by a pitch, Ginsburg laid down a sac bunt to advance the runners to second and third. Crawford then singled sharply to center to plate Quanstrom and Johnson and tie the game at 9-9.

Cohen finished his day on the mound strongly, retiring the Trojans in order in the top of the sixth with a pair of strikeouts. Cohen’s effort was a lifesaver today for the Giants – in 5 and 1/3 innings he gave up no earned runs and struck out 10 Trojan batters.

Not to be outdone, Dyer relieved Cohen in the top of the seventh with the game still knotted at 9-9 and struck out the side.

Ginsburg got things started for the Giants in the bottom of the seventh with a one-out single to center and a steal of second base. Crawford then drove a single to right to score Ginsburg and give the Giants the victory.

Next up for the 5-0 Giants is Cardinal Newman – the game will be played on Tuesday at 3:00 PM at Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa. The Giants then return to Endriss Field for a game against Tamalpais at 4:30 PM on Wednesday.

Frosh Bats Come Alive in Victory

March 19: The freshman Giants put 14 hits and 10 runs on Tam on Monday afternoon in a 10-2 win at Endriss Field to run their record to 4-0.

Ben Cohen started for the Giants, and after giving up a pair of runs in the first inning (one earned) on a couple of hard hit doubles by Tam, settled down and pitched well. Cohen’s plus fastball was enhanced by his breaking ball and changeup, which he used effectively throughout his four innings. Cohen struck out six without issuing a walk.

Trailing 2-0 heading into the bottom of the first, the Giants rallied back immediately with three of their own. Cohen got things started with a one out single to left. J.T. Dyer followed with a single to left of his own. Ethan Crawford then grounded a single to center to score Cohen and advance Dyer to second. Jake Zesiger doubled over the head of the Tam right fielder to plate Dyer and Crawford, giving the Giants a 3-2 lead after one inning.

In the bottom of the third, Redwood broke the game open. Cohen lead off and reached on an error. After stealing second and third, Cohen was driven home by Dyer’s single to center. After Crawford reached on an error and a walk to Zesiger, Sam McIntosh singled to left to score Dyer. Tommy Quanstrom then lined a single to left to score Crawford. An infield single by Bodie Jehling and an RBI grounder from Jack Watson plated two more and when the inning was over the Giants’ lead stood at 8-2.

Quanstrom relieved Cohen and although he battled with his control at times, Quanstrom held Tam scoreless over two innings.

The Giants added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings on a Charlie Ginsburg squeeze bunt and a Crawford single.

Dyer closed out the game with a scoreless top of the seventh.


Freshman Game Rained Out

The freshman Giants game versus San Marin on Saturday was halted due to rain after four innings with the Mustangs leading 1-0. The entire game was played through rain showers that ultimately led to the game being called. As by rule a minimum of five innings are required for a game to be official (or 4½ if the home team is winning), the game will be played at a later date. At this time it is unclear if the makeup date will be a resumption of Saturday’s game in the top of the fifth inning with San Marin up 1-0 or if instead the teams will start over and play a full seven inning game.

After having their previous two games postponed by rain, on Saturday morning it initially appeared that there was going to be a break in the weather sufficient to get the game in. However, just about simultaneously with first pitch the rain showers began and though sunny skies were visible in seemingly every direction, the rain clouds hung over Moody Field for the entirety of the game.

Mikey Bender pitched all four innings for the Giants, surrendering a single run in the first inning when San Marin scored on a wild pitch. Bender struck out five in his four innings of work and provided a solid effort in difficult conditions.

Despite threatening to score in multiple innings, the Giants were unable to get the key hits necessary to push any runs across. Zack Chilson pitched all four innings for the Mustangs, striking out three.

J.T. Dyer went two for two at the plate for the Giants with a pair of line drive singles.

This coming week is a busy one for the frosh, with games on Monday (Tam – 4:30 PM at Endriss), Tuesday (Terra Linda – 4:30 PM at Endriss), Wednesday (Campolindo – 4:30 PM in Moraga) and Friday (San Rafael – 4:30 PM at Endriss). The Terra Linda game is a makeup of the game that was originally scheduled for March 14 but was postponed by rain.

Freshman Giants Top Petaluma

The freshman Giants ran their record to 3-0 with an 8-2 victory over a game Petaluma squad at Endriss Field on Tuesday afternoon.

Nathan Hirsch started on the bump for the Giants and pitched well, striking out five while walking only one and giving up just a pair of runs in his four innings of work.

The Giants opened the scoring with a single run in the bottom of the first on a Tommy Quanstrom single to score Asher Jacobs.

In the bottom of the second, Ethan Crawford led off with a single to left and came in to score on a line drive triple down the right field line by Thomas Johnson. Charlie Ginsburg then drove Johnson home with a hard ground out to third. After a Bodie Jehling walk and a line drive single up the middle by Jacobs, Sam McIntosh drove Jehling in with a single up the middle. With two innings in the book, the Giants were up 4-0.

Petaluma put two runs on the board in the top of the fourth, but Hirsch worked out of a jam to strand two runners and keep the lead at 4-2. Jake Zesiger relieved Hirsch and threw two scoreless innings.

The Giants opened things up in the bottom of the sixth. Johnson led off with a line single to right for his third hit of the day. Ginsburg advanced him to second with a sacrifice bunt and Johnson took third on a wild pitch. Jacobs walked and then stole second. With runners on second and third and two outs, McIntosh grounded a single up the middle to plate Johnson and Jacobs for a 6-2 lead. J.T. Dyer followed with a booming double over the Petaluma left fielder to score McIntosh. Quanstrom then singled home Dyer and what had been a tight game heading into the bottom of the sixth stood at 8-2 when the inning ended.

Dyer came in to close the game for the Giants and looked strong, striking out two in the top of the seventh to end it.

Next game for the frosh is Monte Vista on Thursday, March 8 at 3:30 PM at Endriss Field.

Freshman Giants Shut Out Bishop O’Dowd

Behind strong pitching from Mikey Bender, Tommy Quanstrom and Ben Cohen, the freshman Giants shut out Bishop O’Dowd 7-0 on Monday afternoon at Endriss Field. The Giants are now 2-0 on the year.

Bender started and was dominant in his five innings, striking out seven while walking only one. Bender located well with his fastball and curveball for his entire outing and had O’Dowd’s hitters continually off balance. Not to be outdone, Quanstrom relieved Bender in the sixth inning and struck out the side. Cohen worked a quiet seventh inning to finish it off.

O’Dowd countered with a tough starter of their own, lefty Tristan Perri. The Giants broke through with an unearned run in the bottom of the second, with Jake Zesiger scoring on Quanstrom’s well placed popup single into no man’s land out of reach of O’Dowd’s converging shortstop, center fielder and left fielder.

In the bottom of the fourth, Zesiger led off with a walk. Thomas Johnson pinch-ran for Zesiger and stole second. After a walk to Bender, Johnson and Nathan Hirsch, who had run for Bender, advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. Quanstrom then lined a single up the middle to score Johnson, with Hirsch holding at third. Hirsch then scored on a well executed squeeze play with Charlie Ginsburg getting the bunt down. At the end of four, it was 3-0 Giants.

The Giants broke it open in the bottom the sixth. Parker McMillan led off the inning and was hit by the pitch. Following a walk to Bender and a single to right by Asher Jacobs, with two outs Cohen came up with a clutch double into the left-center gap to clear the bases. Pinch hitter Dillon Jensen concluded the day’s scoring with a grounder that was misplayed by O’Dowd’s shortstop, allowing Cohen to cross the plate for the Giants’ seventh run.

Next up for the Giants is Petaluma on Tuesday, March 6, followed by Monte Vista on Thursday, March 8. Both games are at 3:30 PM at Endriss Field.

Freshman Victorious in Season Opener

The freshman Giants fell behind early but rallied for a rain-shortened 8-4 win against Casa Grande in their home opener at Endriss Field. Ben Cohen and Tommy Quanstrom combined to no hit the Gauchos through five innings.

A steady drizzle throughout the game made playing conditions difficult, and wet baseballs and a deteriorating pitching mound contributed to some uncharacteristic wildness from the Giants pitchers, with all of Casa Grande’s runs scoring on walks in the second inning before Quanstrom settled things down, throwing three and two-thirds innings of scoreless ball.

With the Giants down 4-0 after two innings, the Giants notched two runs in the third on RBI singles by Cohen and Sam McIntosh. The decisive inning was the bottom of the fourth, when the Giants scored six runs, highlighted by RBI singles from Ethan Crawford and Jake Zesiger. Crawford and Zesiger lead the Giants in hits with two apiece. Nathan Hirsch and Bodie Jehling also had hits for the Giants. Cohen, McIntosh and Zesiger each had two RBIs.

For the week of March 5-9, the Giants will play Bishop O’Dowd on Monday, March 5 (this game is the rescheduled date for the game that was rained out on March 2), Petaluma on Tuesday, March 6 and Monte Vista on Thursday, March 8. All games are at 3:30 PM at Endriss Field.

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.