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.

Giants Final Tune-Up – A Success For All Three

2/24:  Redwood Baseball has been on the field since February 5th and wrapped up their practice schedule with a scrimmage against Riordan in the bitter cold on Saturday.

Coach Firenzi gets the ground rules at Riordan on a sunny but bitter cold day

All three clubs walked away with wins, with the Freshman squad claiming the largest margin of victory in their respective un-scored, non-league, unofficial final tune-up shutting out Riordan 16-0.  “I think we are going to see a lot of scores like that this year from our younger guys, both the Freshman and the Junior Varsity teams are going to be very good this year”, Head Coach Mike Firenzi said.

The Varsity Team will also be strong in 2018 with fifteen returning players and six new additions filling out their twenty-one man roster.  Returning starting catcher Mackie Skall along with Juniors Jake Nordstrom and Sam Warren will drop the signs to a strong pitching staff.  Seniors Oliver Pearson, Josh Cohen, Blake Cusick, Andreas Gleckman along with Juniors Kyle Felder, Robbie Wilson, Jackson Bender and Sophomore Nick Welch round out a very deep pitching core.

2017 First Team All-MCAL Dane Goodman adjusts to a ball to center at Riordan

Returning players Michael Connors, Genki LeClair, Pascal Brassey, Jackson Barry, two-time All-MCAL Anthony Pomilia, and Dio Cornet (who transferred from the Dominican Republic to Redwood for his senior year), along with Wilson will represent the Giants in the infield. Returners Jack Morkin, Drew Jacks, and 2017 First Team All-MCAL Dane Goodman, along with Warren, Wilson and Cohen will patrol the expanses of the outfield.

When asked about how he felt about how the Varsity team played on Saturday and his outlook for the season Firenzi’s face lit up with excitement.  “I think we gave up just one hit and threatened on offense just about every inning today.  We played defense and only made a few mistakes.  We are deep in all positions.  We have all the pieces to the puzzle, we are still figuring out where everything fit…but we are close.  As long as we stay healthy, we will compete this year.

The Varsity Giants open their pre-season campaign at Moody on Tuesday, 2/27 at 3:30.  They will turn-around and face off against Casa Grande on Wednesday, 2/28 at 3:30 and round out the week with game against Bishop O’Dowd at Moody on Friday, 3/2 at 3:30.  The Junior Varsity will face off against Casa Grande on Wednesday, 2/28 at 3:30 at Casa Grande and finish the week on the road against Bishop O’Dowd on Friday 3/2, at 3:30.  The Freshman play Casa Grande at Endriss Field on Wednesday, 2/28 at 3:30 and close out the week at Endriss Field on Friday, 3/2 against Bishop O’Dowd at 3:30.

Come out and support your Redwood Giants!

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.