JV Sweep, Clinch MCAL Championship!

The Giants played three games in five days, travelled to Napa, and came home to face cross-town rival, Marin Catholic, to secure the 2017 MCAL Pennant for Redwood High School by beating Tamalpais, Justin-Siena and MC.

In Napa, the boys rolled on offense, combining for twelve hits, scoring ten runs in a 10-4 victory. Offensively, Jack Morken hit two triples and a double, scored three runs and knocked in two RBI’s for the Giants. Jake Nordstrom had two hits, two RBI’s and a run. Sam Warren had two hits and two RBI’s. Ryan Jessen contributed two hits and an RBI. Nate Charles, Nick Cook and Cole Zesiger added to the hit parade with one hit each. Defensively, against the Padres, Redwood’s infield was the real deal, preventing runs with outstanding play from Robbie Wilson, Zack Gordon, Haiden Jones, Nick Cook and Ryan Jessen. Maxim Kawashima, Jackson Bender and Jeremy Sellier pitched for the Giants, giving up just six hits. But the victory in Napa was just the second to last stop before the boys could secure the MCAL Championship. They had to face Marin Catholic on their home turf.

Friday night, Cinco De Mayo, Redwood squared off against the Wildcats for what essentially was the league championship. The Big Game is always tense, and this contest would not disappoint the large crowd. In the first, Jacob Klionsky singled to center. Jake Nordstrom would reach first base on catcher’s interference. Sam Warren connected with a single to left, loading the bases. Jack Morken drove the ball to third base, giving the defender the choice, and preventing the run. Jack Hake then stepped up and drove the ball to left, scoring Nordstrom and Warren (2-0, Redwood). With Morken at second, Nick Cook drove the ball to center, advancing Morken to third and Hake to second. Next, centerfielder, Jarod Robinow, laid down a bunt, scoring Morken from third to end the inning (3-0, Redwood).

MC would respond. A nice double play from Gordon to Cook to Morken gave the Giants some confidence. A three-run homerun took it away, notching the contest at three a-piece.

With the game tied, head coach, Billy Jack Ryan, made his move and handed the ball to sophomore Ace-Kyle Felder. In the end, that is all it would take. Felder was brilliant, going 6.2 innings, striking out 12 batters, conceding only three hits and one run. Felder helped his cause with two hits of his own. The Giants backed him up in the third inning, scoring three runs off hits from Jack Morken, Jarod Robinow and Robbie Wilson-who drove in two runs with a single to center (6-3, Redwood, after three).

MC picked up a run in the fifth inning, keeping the contest close at 6-4 with two innings to play. Nonetheless, Felder would clamp down on his opponents, keeping the boys in blue off the board. The Giants speedy center fielder, Jarod Robinow, would pad Redwood’s lead in the seventh by stealing home. With a three run lead, coach Ryan left the ball in Felder’s dominant hand, striking out the final batter looking. Final Score: 7-4, Giants.

With a current 2017 season record of 20 and 2, Redwood has earned and proven that they are the team to beat in the Bay Area, if not the State. With wins over Serra, Bishop O’Dowd, Casa Grande and Marin Catholic (twice), they are the very best at the JV level. The Giants conclude their season next Tuesday, May 9th, versus Drake High School. It is with great pleasure and satisfaction that I sign off giving you the scoop on 2017’s MCAL Baseball Champions-The Giants!

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JV Outlast Tam in Heated Contest

The Giants endured a back and forth contest to stay on target for a 2017 Pennant, beating the Hawks 11-8 on Tuesday night. With the first heat wave of the year affecting the game, Kyle Felder once again stepped on to the hill for Redwood, going three strong innings, striking out five batters and conceding just two hits. Tam, however, would score first with a two run first inning. The Giants responded with two runs of their own. Sam Warren reached second base on an error in center field. Jake Nordstrom then doubled to left, scoring Warren (1-2, Tam). Robbie Wilson followed up with a single to center, scoring Nordstrom (2-2 after one).

In the third inning, Nordstrom would lead off with a triple. Robbie Wilson singled, scoring Nordstrom (3-2, Giants). In the fourth, Zack Gordon drew a walk and would steal second. Sam Warren put the ball in play to advance Gordon to third. Jake Nordstrom (3 Hits, 3 Runs & 3 RBI’s on the day) then connected with another hard hit ball up the middle, scoring Gordon (4-2). Nordstrom would steal his way to second and reach third after Tam defenders let a Robbie Wilson pop-up fall to the ground. Nordstrom would eventually score on a wild pitch (5-2, Redwood). Before the inning was over, the Giant’s first base coach would engage in a difference of opinion with the infield umpire, earning him an early departure from the playing field and some discord going forward. The calls would suggest some retribution against Redwood in the later innings.

Tamalpais added five runs on one hit in the top of the fifth inning to retake the lead 7-5. The Giants quickly responded in the bottom half of the inning. Eric Simonson hit a lead-off single. Jacob Klionsky followed up with another hard hit single to left. Haiden Jones laid down a nice bunt and the pitcher elected to get the lead runner. Simonson appeared to have safely landed at third by a clear margin but was called out for his effort nevertheless. Zack Gordon then drew a walk to load the bases. Sam Warren was hit by a pitch, scoring Klionsky. Jake Nordstrom was walked, scoring Haiden Jones. Robbie Wilson was hit by a pitch, scoring Gordon (8-7, Redwood).

In the sixth, Tam would tie the game again and, but for a diving stop by shortstop, Zack Gordon, would have retaken the lead. Both Gordon and Wilson would save more runs with some great fielding and throwing the go ahead runs out at home plate. In the bottom half, Eric Simonson connected with his second hit of the day to lead things off for the Giants. Jacob Klionsky followed in kind, giving Redwood runners at first and second with no outs. Both runners would steal, putting the Giants back in the driver’s seat. Jackson Bender was given a free walk to first to load the bases. Zack Gordon then laid down a perfect bunt, scoring Simonson and landing safely at first (9-8). Klionsky would round third with a full head of steam, landing in a pickle. Before Klionsky was run down, Bender advanced to third and Gordon landed on second base. Sam Warren then hit a fly ball to left and reached base on an error, scoring Bender and Gordon (11-8, Redwood).

Jackson Bender pitched for the save in the top of the seventh. Bender and first baseman, Jack Morken, would team up to secure the first out after Morken snapped up a short hopping grounder across his body and tossed the ball from his glove to the hard charging Bender. The two would connect again after Jackson picked off the runner he previously beaned. With two outs, Zack Gordon would scoop up a grounder and end the contest with the final out at first base. Final Score: 11-8, Giants.

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JV Beat Terra Linda 12-2 in Five Innings

The Giants (17-2) needed only five innings of play to beat Terra Linda High School, 12-2. Jack Hake started for Redwood, striking out three and issuing no walks in three shutout innings of work. Hake also hit a solo homerun in the fourth inning. The Giants scored one run in the first, two in the third, five in the fourth and four in the fifth to mercy the Trojans.

Sam Warren had two hits, two runs and three RBI’s on the day. Nick Cook added two hits, two runs and one RBI. Ryan Jessen had two RBI’s and Robbie Wilson had three RBI’s to lead Redwood in the winning effort.

The Giants enter the final week and a half of regular season play on top of the MCAL standings. Last week, third baseman, Jackson Barry, was called up to Varsity. The depth of the squad, however, should carry the team this week, as the Giants face Tamalpais at home on Tuesday (5/2), Justin-Siena in Napa on Thursday (5/4), and finish off at Marin Catholic on Friday (5/5). Each game is critical to their pennant push, especially the Friday night contest versus Marin Catholic.

A clean sweep of their opponents in May will bring home the 2017 MCAL Pennant. Go Giants!

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JV Remain On Top of MCAL Standings, Beat San Rafael 3-2

On a day where runs came at a premium, Redwood stayed on course and beat San Rafael High, 3-2. The Giants scored one run in the first inning after Nick Cook singled to right-field and made his way to third (after several wild pitches). Starting pitcher, Kyle Felder, then knocked Cook home with a single to right-field (1-0, Redwood).

The Giants seemed to be distancing themselves from the Bulldogs in the fourth inning. Felder was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Eric Simonson entered the game to run for Felder. Jake Nordstrom then singled to left, advancing Simonson to second. Jackson bender laid down a sacrifice bunt, moving both Simonson and Nordstrom into scoring position. Sam Warren then came through with a timely double to center, scoring both runners. Warren would get tagged out on the base path to end the inning (3-0, Redwood).

San Rafael stuck around and would narrow the lead in the sixth inning with two unearned runs (3-2, Redwood). Relief pitcher, Nick Cook, kept his composure, however, and the Giants held on to the one run lead. Great defensive plays by Zack Gordon and Haiden Jones backed up Cooks saving effort.

In the bottom of the seventh, Cook induced two ground ball outs at first and the final out in center-field to secure the win. Warren, Morken, Cook, Felder, Nordstrom and Bender each had one hit on a day the Giants made the best of the spotty hitting. Giants’ pitchers, Felder and Cook, combined for a five hit, six strikeout day, needing 102 pitches to win the contest. Final Score: 3-2

Next, the 16-2 Giants will take on Terra Linda High School this Friday, the 28th, at Terra Linda. First pitch-4:30 p.m.

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JV Take Over Sole Possession of First

The Giants played back to back games this week to kick-off the second half of their 2017 season. At home versus both San Marin and Novato, Redwood played San Marin on Thursday night in a “must-win” type of game. The contest was tight through three innings, with solid pitching from Kyle Felder and some dazzling defensive plays from Jackson Barry. The Giants finally broke through in the bottom of the fourth inning after Sam Warren singled to left field. Nick Cook followed up with a double to right, advancing Warren to third base. With runners at second and third, starting pitcher, Kyle Felder, helped his cause with a single past the shortstop, scoring Warren and Cook (2-0, Redwood).

Felder would battle through five shutout innings, striking out seven and giving up

just one hit. In the bottom of the fifth, the Giants would add to their lead. Jackson Barry hit a two out double to left field. Eric Simonson would enter the game to pinch-run for Barry. Jack Morken followed up with a timely double over the center-fielder’s head, scoring Simonson (3-0, Redwood). Making up the third member of Redwood’s Redrum Row, Sam Warren would join Barry and Morken with a line drive single to center-field, scoring Morken from second (4-0, Redwood).

The Giants would rely on Maxim Kawashima and Robbie Wilson in relief of Felder in the sixth and seventh innings. Redwood committed three errors on the day, which ultimately allowed San Marin to avoid the shutout. Final Score: 4-1

On Friday, the Giants resumed league play versus Novato High School. Head coach, Billy Jack Ryan, relying on his teams’ depth, started a reworked squad and they didn’t miss a beat. Redwood shutout the overmatched Hornets 6-0 behind starting pitcher Jack Hake. The Giants put three runs across the plate in the first inning. With Wilson and Kawashima in scoring position, Hake singled up the middle to bring the two base runners home. Ryan Jessen would also add an RBI with a deep sacrifice fly to center, scoring Nate Charles (3-0, Redwood).

In the bottom of the third, the Giants picked up two more runs. Nate Charles was walked. Sam Warren then crushed a double to left field, scoring Charles from first base (4-0, Redwood). Warren would steal third. With the shift on for Robbie Wilson, he would lay down a bunt toward first base, scoring Warren (5-0, Redwood).

In the fourth, Haiden Jones led off with a single to center. Jones would steal his way to third before Cole Zesiger put the ball in play, scoring Jones (6-0, Redwood). The Giants used Jackson Bender, Jeremy Sellier and Eric Simonson in relief of Hake to complete the shutout. A leaping catch by centerfielder, Nate Charles, preserved the shutout in the fifth inning during Novato’s only threat. Notably, the Giants’ pitching staff needed only 88 pitches to earn the win. Final Score: 6-0

The pennant is now firmly in Redwood’s hands. The Giants will next face upstart San Rafael High School on Tuesday, April 25th at San Rafael. First pitch-4:30 p.m.

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JV Pour On the Runs in Rain Shortened Victory

The Giants visited Drake High School Thursday afternoon and beat the Pirates 7-3 in six and a third rainy innings. Redwood started Jake Hake on the bump, who threw three innings of shutout baseball, striking out two and conceding just two hits. With wet weather in the forecast, scoring early and often was on everybody’s mind, given the definite possibility of the contest being called after five innings. The Giants did just that, scoring five runs in the top of the second inning.

Nick Cook reached first on a walk. Cook then stole second. Jarod Robinow then drew a walk, putting runners at first and second base for the return of last year’s MVP, Robbie Wilson, who laid down a perfect bunt toward first base, loading the bases. Zack Gordon then drove the ball up the middle, which the Drake infielder could not handle, scoring Cook and Robinow (2-0). Gordon would end up on second base and Wilson at third. Sam Warren then singled up the middle, scoring Wilson (3-0) and moving Gordon to third. Jacob Klionsky hit a deep sacrifice fly to center, scoring Gordon (4-0) and moving up the speedy Warren to third after tagging up. Jackson Barry then singled to right field, scoring Warren (5-0, Redwood)

In the bottom half of the second, Drake had a man at third with two outs. After drawing a walk at the plate, the Drake runner mistakenly started home only to discover he was the only man on base. Catcher, Jake Nordstrom, quickly showed the runner the error of his ways, ending the scoring threat after tagging him out after a brief rundown.

In the third inning, Robbie Wilson served notice of his return with a solo home run over the left field fence (6-0). Defensively, Jackson Barry snared a line drive down the third base line to keep Jack Hake’s shutout alive.

In the fourth, Ryan Jessen batted for Gordon. Ryan delivered with a hard hit double to right-center field. Sam Warren then drove the ball off the left field fence, scoring Jessen (7-0). Drake would pick up one run in the bottom half of the inning (7-1, after four). Wilson returned to the hill for his first outing of the season after battling injury, throwing twenty-one pitches, conceding just the one run.

With the rain starting to come down in the fifth, the Giants needed three outs to make it official. Jackson Bender was given the difficult task of throwing off a muddy hill in the rain. Bender struck out one batter for the first out. Drake was able to get runners on board, however, and the contest tightened after two runs crossed the plate, making it 7-3 with one out. With runners in scoring position, Drake’s #5 batter connected with a ball to deep left field. The game looked to be in jeopardy with runners taking off in belief he had drove the ball over Jacob Klionsky’s head. Klionsky had different plans, however, tracking down the ball and making a game saving catch over his shoulder. Jacob alertly got the ball back to second base, where Zack Gordon stepped on second base for the inning ending double play. Gordon stepped into the batter’s box and bunted the ball into play for the ceremonial first out of the sixth inning. The umpire then ended the game given the heavy downpour of rain. Final Score: 7-3

Redwood is on spring break and will return to start the second half of the season next Thursday April 13th.

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JV Join Varsity in Sweep of Marin Catholic

Spring break is considered the halfway point for Redwood baseball and the last week before the boys go on break. Tonight, the Giants played their cross-creek rivals, Marin Catholic, and joined their varsity teammates in victory, by shutting out the Wildcats 4-0. Kyle Felder started for the Giants, going four strong shutout innings, striking out four and conceding no runs.

The Giants got things started in the bottom of the second after starting pitcher, Kyle Felder, was hit by a pitch. After, second baseman, Nick Cook, singled to right field, advancing Felder to second base. Haiden Jones laid down an effective sacrifice bunt, moving Felder and Cook into scoring position. Jake Nordstrom then singled to right, scoring Felder and Cook (2-0, Redwood).

Redwood continued to manufacture runs in the third inning with Jackson Barry driving the ball to left field for a lead-off single. Jack Morken would get hit by a pitch, putting runners at first and second. Kyle Felder then laid down a perfect punt along the first base line, loading the bases. After two fielder’s choice outs, Jake Nordstrom came through with a shot to left field, scoring Morken and Felder. Jones would be tagged out at third to end the scoring (4-0, Redwood).

The Wildcats showed promise in the 5th and 6th innings but for two important plays. In the fifth, Jacob Klionsky would take a short hop at center field and gun down the MC runner at home. Catcher, Jake Nordstrom, would also throw out two steal attempts at second during the contest, keeping MC off the board.

The Giants relied on Jackson Bender in the sixth and seventh innings to close out the game. Bender showed some big confidence and characteristic swagger, shutting out his opponents with twenty-four pitches of two-hit work. In the bottom of the seventh, the Giants bought in Maxim Kawashima to close out the game in style.

Undeniably, Jake Nordstrom was the man of the match today. Jake gunned down two fast runners at second base, tagged out the potential rally starting run at home and delivered two big hits. All of Redwoods runs came off of Nordstrom’s bat-giving him the Man of the Match honors. Final Score: 4-0, Giants!

Redwood will travel to Drake High School on Thursday, April 6th, where they will seek to take over first place in the MCAL standings. First pitch-4:30 p.m.

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Eight Run Third Lifts JV Over Justin-Siena

The Giants erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the third inning in route to a convincing 9-2 victory over Justin-Siena High School at Moody Field. Redwood started Jack Hake on the hill. Hake pitched three innings, needing only 44 pitches, striking out three.

In the first inning, Sam Warren started things off with a lead-off single. Warren would steal second. Jarod Robinow then laid down a perfect bunt along the first base line, outrunning the defense, landing safely at first. With runners at first and third, a double steal would score Warren from third but Robinow would get thrown out at second (1-0, Redwood).

Justin-Siena fought back with runs in the top of the second and third. The Giants then exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the third. Jake Nordstrom led off with a single to right. Zack Gordon then drew a walk. With runners at first and second, Jarod Robinow laid down another text-book bunt, loading the bases. Jackson Barry was walked, scoring Nordstrom (2-2). Clean up man, Jack Morken, then connected with a bases clearing triple (5-2). Kyle Felder then put the ball in play reaching first base on an error, scoring Morken (6-2). Felder would make his way to third before Haiden Jones singled to right, scoring Felder (7-2). Jacob Klionsky then hit into a fielder’s choice but the Pitcher chose wrong, allowing Jones and Klionsky to land safely on base. After a passed ball, both runners would advance. With runners at second and third, Jake Nordstrom would single home Jones (8-2) and Klionsky would advance to third. Zack Gordon then put the ball in play, scoring Klionsky to wrap up the eight run inning (9-2, Redwood).

Nick Cook and Jeremy Sellier would pitch in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, holding Justin Siena to just one run. The Giants middle relief pitchers only conceded one walk. Ryan Jessen then entered the game in the sixth inning to shut out his opponents for a gritty save. Jessen issued no walks, conceded no runs in a vastly improved outing for the big righty.

The Giants offense stayed hot with contributions throughout their lineup. Warren, Morken, Jones and Nordstrom each had two hits and Jarod Robinow had three hits. Redwood’s pitching staff was effective as well, combining for four strikeouts and conceding only three walks in 118 pitches. Final Score: 9-3

Redwood hosts cross-town rival, Marin Catholic, next Tuesday, April 4th, at Moody Field. First pitch-4:30 p.m.

12 Hit Day Fuels JV Victory

The 10-2 Giants have many weapons and tonight the boys showed their depth with a twelve hit, nine run victory over the vastly improved Trojans from Terra Linda High School. Head coach, Billy Jack Ryan, handed the ball to Cole Zesiger for the start, striking out the side in order to start the game. In the bottom half of the first, Redwood would get their offense started with a Sam Warren lead-off single to right field. Warren then promptly stole second. After, Jacob Klionsky hugged the plate, drawing a walk and leaving the Giants with runners at first and second base for clean-up batter, Jack Morken, who drove the ball into right field for an RBI single (1-0). Jack would successfully steal second base, setting up Maxim Kawashima, who hit a double to right field, scoring Morken (2-0, Redwood after one).

Zesiger struck out his fourth opponent and stayed perfect until conceding a walk in the second. After, in the third inning, the Giants slipped into some unwanted granting of free bases and eventually allowed three runs to score.

In the bottom half of the third inning, Jacob Klionsky singled to left. Jack Morken then drove the ball to left center field for a stand-up triple, scoring Klionsky (3-3, after three). Not going away, the Trojans manufactured two runs in the top of the fourth to take the lead but that would not last.

Down one run in the fourth, Nick Cook would lead off with a double to left-center field. Cook went on to brazenly steal third. Next, Jarod Robinow singled up the middle to score Cook (5-4, TL). After, JR stole second before Sam Warren tripled to left-center field, scoring Robinow and notching the game at five a piece. Jacob Klionsky then put the Giants back on top with a hard line drive to left, scoring Warren (6-5, Redwood).

Coach Ryan then leaned on Maxim Kawashima, who entered the game in the fifth inning, throwing 54 pitches through 2.2 innings of work, striking out five batters. Max would contribute a second hit in the bottom of the fifth and steal second base. Keeping his hitting streak alive, Haiden Jones singled to left, scoring Kawashima (7-5). Nick Cook then singled home Haiden Jones with his second hit of the contest (8-5, Redwood, after five).

In the sixth inning, Jeremy Sellier drew a walk. Jack Morken then hit a towering fly ball off the left center-field fence to compliment his three hit day. Sellier would end up at third base. After a wild pitch, Jeremy would cross home plate for the final run of the day. Jack Hake entered the game to close out the Trojans with four pitches and secure the win. Final score: 9-5, Giants.

The Giants tallied twelve hits, nine runs with no errors. Between Zesiger, Jessen, Simonson, Kawashima and Hake, the Giants threw 151 pitches in the winning effort.

Redwood will next host Justin-Siena High School this Friday, March 31st at Moody Field. First pitch-4:30 p.m.

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JV Outlast Tamalpais to Win in Eight.

The Giants needed eight innings of play to beat Tamalpais High School Tuesday night, 6 to 4, in the first of a busy three game schedule this week. Redwoods 2017 work-horse, Kyle Felder, started for the Giants, delivering a four inning shutout performance with three strikeouts. Both teams, however, could not put a run across home plate until Tam finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth for one run. The Hawks could have added to their fifth inning threat with the bases loaded and one out but for a tremendous two out play that ended the inning. Left-fielder, Nate Charles, caught a fly ball and threw a seed to cut-off man, Jackson Barry, who relayed the ball to catcher, Jake Nordstrom, who tagged out the runner attempting to score. Keeping the damage at one run was key to extending the game (1-0, Tam after 5).

The Giants seemed to be on their way in the top of the sixth after Jack Morken hit a lead-off single. A double play ball would seemingly quite that initial threat. With two outs, Haiden Jones kept his continuous hitting streak alive with a single to right field. Sam Warren then drove the ball to left-center field for a double. With runners at second and third base, Jacob Klionsky came through with a clutch line drive to left, scoring Jones (1-1). Warren would be tagged out at home trying to score from second, ending the inning.

Relief pitcher, Jeremy Sellier, entered the game in the bottom of the sixth and did his job, retiring his opponents in order with clever pitching.

With the game tied in the final frame, Jake Nordstrom would single to left. Jarod Robinow would enter the game to run for Nordstrom and immediately steal second. Zack Gordon then put the ball in play, advancing Robinow to third. Nate Charles then drew a walk, putting runners at first and third with two outs. Trying to steal the lead back, head coach, Billy Jack Ryan, called for a double steal, which ended when Tam’s catcher blocked home plate and tagged out Robinow. Sellier would return to close out the bottom of the seventh, sending the contest into extra innings.

In the eighth, Jack Morken would lead things off with a missile up the middle. Jackson Barry then clobbered a ball over the center-fielders head for a double. With runners at second and third, Haiden Jones hit a double to right, scoring Morken and Barry (3-1, Redwood). Sam Warren would pad the Redwood lead with a hard hit triple to right field, scoring Jones and, after an errant throw to third, himself for a Monks homerun and a 5-1 Giant lead. Nick Cook then drove the ball off the pitching mound, forcing a bad throw to first and landing on second base. Zack Gordon then put the ball in play to shortstop, who could not accurately deliver the ball to first, scoring Cook and landing Gordon at second (6-1, Redwood). With two outs, Nate Charles drove the ball to right field but Zack Gordon would collide with the leaping Tam catcher at home for the third out.

In the bottom of the eighth, Jackson Bender would enter in relief of Sellier. Bender would manufacture two outs before allowing some free bases. Tam would get back three runs and load the bases before Maxim Kawashima would enter the game and end the contest with two pitches. Final Score: 6-4, Redwood.

The Giants resume play tonight at Moody Field vs. Terra Linda High School. The Giants are expected to start Cole Zesiger on the hill. First pitch-4:30 p.m.

JV Hang on to Beat San Rafael

The Giants played error free baseball behind starting pitcher, Kyle Felder, for six innings before letting the game get sporty in the seventh. Felder was true to form, with another great outing, giving up just one hit, striking out five and conceded just one walk. Offensively, Redwood’s lead-off man, Nate Charles, wasted no time with a first inning double down the right field line. Jack Morken followed with a deep fly ball to left field, advancing Charles to second. Nate would take third base setting up Jackson Barry, who drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly to right field (1-0, Redwood). Sam Warren then hit a high chopper to short, beating out the throw to first. Warren would successfully steal second. With two outs, Ryan Jessen hit a shallow trouble maker to right field, scoring Warren (2-0, Redwood after one).

In the bottom of the third inning, Nate Charles once again got things moving with a lead-off single. Charles would steal second before Jackson Barry drove the ball down the first base line, scoring Nate from second (3-0, Redwood).

The fourth inning showcased some athletic defensive plays. Second baseman, Nick Cook, made a diving grab moving to his left, smothering the ball, then throwing out the runner at first for the first out. Next up, right fielder, Jack Morken, would run down a foul ball for the second out and follow up with a diving catch to retire the side. Offensively, Haiden Jones would contribute as well with one of his two hits on the day.

Nick Cook moved to the hill in relief of Felder in the fifth inning. Cook was solid, hitless in two innings of work. Cook was also backed up by a double play turned by Zack Gordon, Haiden Jones and Ryan Jessen. In the bottom half of the inning, Jake Nordstrom would hit a trademark double to left field. Nate Charles laid down a nice bunt to sacrifice Nordstrom to third. Jackson Barry then singled to left, scoring Nordstrom (4-0, Redwood).

The Giants only hiccup came in the seventh after several batters were hit by some over-zealous fast balls delivered by Jack Morken. Jack would ring up one batter before head coach Billy Jack Ryan would hand the ball to Maxim Kawashima to shut down the Bulldog threat. The game never seemed out of control, however, even though San Rafael made it look close on the scorebook. Final Score: 4-3 Giants.

With bad weather looming in the forecast, the Giants regularly scheduled game vs Terra Linda is expected to be rained out tomorrow, March 24th. Redwood will return to the field next Tuesday, March 28th, when they travel to Mill Valley to take on Mount Tamalpais High School. First pitch-4:30 p.m.

Photographer, Jordan Warren, will return to the field next week.

JV Bounce Back and Blow Out Novato

(3/17/2017) The Giants found their form on Friday night, winning big over Novato High School 11-2. Starting pitcher, Jack Hake, conceded two runs in the first inning before settling down into a dominant performance, going four innings, striking out six and delivering 14 of 19 first pitch strikes.

Redwood allowed two early runs in the first inning before getting down to business in the second inning. Hake would lead off with a single to right field. A wild pitch allowed Hake to take second. Kyle Felder then drew a walk. A mishandled pitch allowed the runners to advance to second and third. Nick Cook put the ball in play down the third base line, scoring Hake. (1-2, Novato). Center fielder, Jarod Robinow, then drew a six pitch walk. With runners at the corners, Zack Gordon hit a sacrifice fly to center-field, scoring Kyle Felder. (2-2)

In the third inning, Jack Morken would get hit by a pitch and promptly steal second base. Jack Hake then recorded his second hit of the game, scoring Morken from second. (3-2, Redwood). Hake would steal second, setting up Kyle Felder for an RBI opportunity, which Kyle took full advantage of by hitting a double and scoring Hake. (4-2, Redwood). Nick Cook followed with a single to right, scoring Felder. (5-2, Redwood).

In the fourth inning, Sam Warren kept things rolling with a hard hit single to left field. Sam would steal second base and advance to third on a wild pitch. Jackson Barry then hit a bomb to deep left-center field for a stand-up double, scoring Warren. (6-2, Redwood).

The Giants would blow the game wide open in the fifth inning. Jack Hake would draw a walk and Kyle Felder absorbed a pitch in his back to start things off, leaving runners at first and second. Jarod Robinow then singled to left, scoring Hake (7-2). Zack Gordon then singled up the middle, scoring Felder (8-2). Jackson Bender then put the ball in play down the first base line, scoring Jarod Robinow (9-2). Sam Warren then drove the ball down the third base line, smartly making his way to third base after some serious hustle. After a wild pitch to Jackson Barry, Warren would compete his trip around the bases before the five run 5th ended (11-2, Redwood).

Haiden Jones came in to pitch the bottom of the fifth, retiring the Hornets with just eight pitches. In the top of the sixth, Erik Simonson drove the ball down the third base line, outrunning the throw to first. The Giants would load the bases, but were unable to add to their substantial lead.

Nick Cook and Jack Morken made their debut on the hill in the sixth and seventh inning respectively. Cook would throw just ten pitches, getting great defensive help from infielders Zack Gordon, Haiden Jones and Ryan Jessen who turned a crisp 6-4-3 double play. Morken would close out the game with twelve pitches, striking out two. As a whole, the Giants relief pitchers no-hit their opponents and were one walk away from being perfect. The Giants combined for ten hits and only committed one error to get back to their pre-season winning ways. Redwood will take on San Rafael High School next Tuesday, March 21st at San Rafael. First pitch, 4:30 p.m. Final Score: 11-2

Pictures at: http://www.jordanwarren.photography/p531996399

JV Start Strong, Cannot Finish Off San Marin

On paper, the Giants should have won Tuesday night. Starting pitcher, Kyle Felder, was cruising, having only thrown 28 pitches through three innings, giving up just two hits, zero walks and striking out two. Redwood out hit the Mustangs 6 to 4 but, in the end, dropped their first MCAL game 4-3 to San Marin High School. The Baseball Gods were not to blame in what really worked out to be a tale of two teams.

In the first inning, defensively, Felder was helped by a 9-6 double play after Jack Morken got underneath a hit to right and threw the lead runner out at second. Morken would lead off the top of the second with a hard hit ball off the right-center field fence. Sam Warren put the ball in play to advance Morken to second. Ryan Jessen drove the ball to left, advancing Morken to third. With runners at the corners, an early steal from Ryan would land him safely at second. Kyle Felder helped his cause by doubling to right field, scoring both runners. (2-0, Redwood)

In the bottom half of the second, Felder would once again get the help of his teammates. After hitting the leadoff batter and striking out the next, Jacob Klionsky came to the aid of his pitcher with a diving catch in center. The ball ended up bouncing out of Jacob’s glove and down his jersey. The old hidden ball trick allowed Klionsky to pull off an 8-3 double play to end the inning.

In the third inning, Klionsky would get hit by a pitch. A wild throw over to first would land Jacob on second base. He would eventually steal third before catcher, Jake Nordstrom, doubled to left field, scoring Klionsky. (3-0, Redwood). Unfortunately, Jake would get doubled up after getting caught off base at second, eliminating the RBI opportunity for Jack Morken, who drove the ball off the left field fence for a stand-up double. Redwood could not capitalize any further and the score remained 3-0 in their favor through three innings of play.

In the fourth inning, Redwood’s fortunes would start to change. A lead-off walk by Ryan Jessen followed by a chopper to short by Nick Cook, would give the Giants runners at first and second. However, a hard hit ball to right field by Felder would be caught and Jessen would be doubled up at second base. Nick Cook then got caught stealing second base to end the promising start. In the bottom half of the frame, the Giants would start to leave open the front door for San Marin, walking a host of batters (4) and loading the bases. San Marin would take advantage and score two runs (3-2, Redwood).

In the fifth inning, San Marin would take advantage of two free bases and a costly Redwood error to take the lead 4-3. Jake Hake entered the game in the bottom of the fifth to pitch the Giants out of any further trouble, striking out the final batter looking at a nasty curve ball.

Down a run, the Giants showed promise in the sixth inning. Jackson Barry lead off with a single to left-field. Jared Robinow entered the game to run for Barry. Sam Warren connected with a ball, sending it under the glove of the Mustang third baseman. Redwood had runners at first and second with one out, but could not cash in on the opportunity. In the bottom half of the sixth, relief pitcher, Jack Hake, was helped by a timely double-play to keep the Mustangs within one run for the seventh inning.

Jackson Bender started things off by drawing a walk. An errant throw to first would advance Bender to second. Zack Gordon put the ball in play to the right side of the infield, advancing Bender to third base. With one out, Jacob Klionsky would draw a walk. Unfortunately, Jacob would get picked off at first base for the second out. The game was still in reach after Jake Nordstrom was given a free trot to first base. Jake would try and lure a throw to second on an early steal, landing safely at second. Jackson Barry battled gallantly at the plate and drove the ball hard to right field to end the contest as the ball landed in the outfielder’s glove. The Giants will certainly put the base-running errors and walks in their rear-view mirror and come back to right the ship. Final Score: 4-3, San Marin. Pictures are available at: http://www.jordanwarren.photography/p628617825

The Giant’s next visit Novato High School this Friday, March 17th, first pitch-4:30.

JV Throws Seven Pitchers in Final Preseason Tune-Up

March 10, 2017-The JV Giants dropped their final pre-season game to Monte Vista High School from Danville, 6-2. Redwood head coach, Billy Jack Ryan, used every available player Friday evening, in preparation for the 2017 regular season, which starts next Tuesday at Moody Field vs. San Marin High School. In their final pre-season match, Haiden Jones, Erik Simonson, Jeremy Sellier, Ryan Jessen, Cole Zesiger, Maxim Kawashima and Jackson Bender combined to throw an 87 pitch, four-hitter in the losing effort.

Defensively, the Giants committed two errors which allowed some unearned runs to cross home plate. Nonetheless, Redwood out-hit Monte Vista 6-4. Jackson Barry and Jack Morken combined for four of the six Redwood hits, with Jake Nordstrom and Maxim Kawashima each adding one. Sam Warren and Jack Morken had the only RBI’s on the day, each with one.

The Giants only scoring occurred in the fourth inning. Jake Nordstrom started things off with a double to left-field. Jackson Barry followed with a single to right. Barry would steal second, putting runners in scoring position for Sam Warren. Sam’s sac-fly to center-field would score Nordstrom. (3-1, Monte Vista). Jack Morken then put the ball in play down the first base line, dropping safely in right-field and scoring Barry (3-2, Monte Vista). The score would not hold, however, and the Giants would not come roaring back like they have in their previous games, allowing three runs to score in the bottom half of the frame, despite a great defensive play in left-field by Jacob Klionsky. (6-2, Monte Vista).

On the whole, the Giants 6-1 pre-season record is impressive, with huge wins over Serra, Bishop O’Dowd, Petaluma and Casa Grande. The team can score from anywhere in the batting order and, on any given day, the depth on this team shows-both offensively and defensively. With the return of pitcher, Robbie Wilson, from the IR expected next week, the Giants will only add to their depth.

Kyle Felder is anticipated to start on the hill for the Giants MCAL season opener next week vs. San Marin. With such an impressive squad, the Giants are sure to compete for a MCAL championship.

Monte Vista pictures to be found at:  http://www.jordanwarren.photography/p843638191

JV Endure Errors/Adversity to Win in Seventh

The Giants battled errors and bad breaks to come from behind in the seventh inning to beat Casa Grande High School 4 to 3. Jack Hake started on the hill for the Giants, striking out three and conceding one run. Down early, the Giants would tie the game in the third. Jacob Klionsky was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Jackson Barry followed with a single to right field, moving Klionsky to third. With runners on the corners, Sam Warren drove the ball to right, scoring Jacob. Warren would steal second and Jack Morken would get hit in the wrist, loading the bases for Kyle Felder. Unfortunately, a double play would end the threat. (1-1, after three.)

In the fourth, first baseman, Ryan Jessen, would lead off the inning with a bomb to left-center field. The Giants, however, could not capitalize on the double. Defensively, the Giants were helped by a tremendous over the shoulder running catch by Sam Warren in the fourth and a strike out/throw down to second base from Catcher, Jake Nordstrom, to end the fifth inning on a double play.

Kyle Felder entered the contest in the fourth in relief of Hake. Jacob Klionsky drew a six pitch walk. Sam Warren stayed hot with a single to right. Jack Morken put Redwood in the lead with a single to center-field, scoring Klionsky from second base. (2-1, Redwood). In the bottom half of the fifth inning, the Giants would give up the lead on a series of errors and confusing calls from the umpires. The combination allowed Casa Grande to retake the lead with unearned runs, 3-2, after five innings of play.

In the sixth inning, the Giants showed promise when Jake Nordstrom doubled to left-center field. Nordstrom would later be caught stealing third, sending Redwood back to the drawing board.

Entering the seventh inning, head coach, Billy Jack Ryan, officially registered a protest of the game after the officiating crew failed to acknowledge the repeated boks by the Casa Grande’s starting pitcher for failing to get set before his delivery. The boys, needless to say, would not get unhinged by the irregularity.

Still in the seventh, with the game in flux, Nick Cook would draw a walk. Jacob Klionsky followed up with a free base. Coach Ryan then showed the sign for a fake bunt/double steal, successfully advancing both runners into scoring position. Jackson Barry then delivered his third hit of the game to center field, scoring Cook and Klionsky to retake the lead. For his efforts, Barry was called out at second after both runs scored-again, prompting some protest from the crowd given the call. (4-3, Redwood).

In the bottom of the seventh, Kyle Felder would retire the home team in order, ringing up the final batter looking. The Giants finished with nine hits on three errors, combining for eight strikeouts. Final Score: 4-3, Redwood

The 6-0 Giants will travel to Danville on Friday the 10th to take on Eastbay powerhouse, Monte Vista High School. First pitch-3:30 p.m. Pictures from today’s game will be available Saturday.

JV Walk Off in the 10th, Remain Perfect

The Giants battled Bishop O’Dowd High School Friday night until the sun set at Moody Field. In a ten inning nail-biter, Redwood stayed perfect on the season with a bench clearing walk off victory in the bottom of the tenth, beating Bishop O’Dowd 3-2.

Kyle Felder started for the Giants, going four innings and striking out five. Redwood showed promise in the second inning, after first baseman, Jack Morken, smoked a fastball back up the middle for a single. Morken would steal second and land on third after a wild pitch to Jacob Klionski. However, the Giants could not capitalize on the opportunity.

Bishop O’Dowd’s starting pitcher kept the Giants off the score board through four innings, getting two runs of support from his team. Redwood kept the game close, however, with some help from center-fielder Jacob Klionski’s diving catch in center. In the bottom half of the fifth, Klionski would hit a lead-off double. A wild pitch moved JK to third. Redwood would finally score after second baseman, Nick Cook, singled up the middle, scoring Klionski. (2-1, O’Dowd, after five)

Maxim Kawashima came in to pitch the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, no hitting his opponent and striking out three. Kawashima added a single to right-field in the bottom of the sixth and promptly stole second. Maxim advanced to third. Sam Warren drew a walk. On a wild pitch, Kawashima alertly crossed home plate to tie the contest at two after six innings.

Jackson Bender, the eventual game winner, pitched the eighth, ninth and tenth innings. The game was nip and tuck for the rest of the evening. In the eighth inning, Nate Charles hit a hard grounder to second which was duffed, landing him safely at first. Charles would steal second but get caught stealing third to end the Redwood threat.

In the ninth, Bender kept the batters baffled, striking out one and inducing a pop-up for the second out. The inning ended after catcher, Jake Nordstrom, threw a seed down to second base for the third out on a steal attempt.

The game looked dire in the tenth, after Bishop O’Dowd loaded the bases. Bender hung tough, however, working out of the difficult situation to preserve the 2-2 tie. With the sun going down, in the bottom of the tenth, Jacob Klionski lead off with a double down the third base line. After another wild pitch, Klionski stole third. With the game on the line, Nick Cook took a fast ball back up the middle for the walk-off dugout clearing victory. Final Score: 3-2 Giants.

The JV Giants improve to 5-0 in pre-season play. The highly entertaining, character building, extra-innings walk-off victory motivated the proud parents to celebrate with the team at The Counter. The season is off to a perfect start, both on and off the field. The Giants resume pre-season play next Tuesday, March 7th, when they host Casa Grande High School at Moody Field. First pitch-3:30 p.m.

Photos from tonight’s barn burner can be viewed: http://www.JordanWarren.photography/p251355359

JV Stay Perfect, Shut Out Montgomery 9-0

The 4-0 Giants needed only 1 hour 35 minutes to roll over Montgomery High School from Santa Rosa. Starting pitcher, Jack Hake, gave up a harmless blooper to left field in the first inning before settling into a dominate performance. In the first inning, Hake was helped by a superb play by center-fielder, Jared Robinow, who chased down a shallow ball hit to left-center, then threw across his body to first baseman, Ryan Jessen, catching the runner well off base for the double play. Hake would never look back, striking out five of the next six batters through four shut-out innings of work.

The Giants remained scoreless, however, until the bottom of the third inning. Jared Robinow lead off with a bunt single. He would then steal second. Z Gordon put the ball in play, advancing JR to third. Nate Charles punched the ball to second, scoring Robinow. (1-0 Redwood, after three).

The Giants would add to their lead in the fourth. Jackson Barry started things off with a lead-off walk. Hake followed with a hard hit grounder to short, which was booted, leaving runners at first and second. First baseman, Ryan Jessen, then drove the ball to left-field, loading the bases. Second baseman, Nick Cook, took a wild pitch, allowing Barry to score from third and advancing both runners into scoring position. Cook then laid down a perfect suicide bunt toward first base, scoring two runs in the process on his way to a three RBI day. Remarkably, Nick out ran the phantom tag at first, and should have been called safe but for the mistaken belief of the umpire that the defender had the ball-which he didn’t. Catcher, Jake Nordstrom, didn’t miss a beat, and connected with a shot to left field, landing on second base. A wild pitch would move Nordstrom to third. Shortstop, Z. Gordon, then singled Jake home. Gordon would get picked off at first to end the inning. (5-0 Redwood, after four)

Reliever, Cole Zesiger, would enter the contest in the top of the fifth and maintain the shutout through the next two innings. The Giants added to their lead in the fifth. Maxim Kawashima, singled to left-center. Max then promptly stole second. Jack Morken then connected with a pitch, sending the ball to left field, scoring the speedy Kawashima from second. (6-0). Morken would take second. Barry then hit the ball to short, but an over-thrown attempt to first left him safe at first and Morken scoring from second. (7-0). Cole Zesiger then singled to center, sending Barry to third. Zesiger would steal second, leaving runners in scoring position for Nick Cook. Cook put the ball in play, scoring Barry. Sam Warren entered the game and immediately contributed, punching the ball to center and scoring Zesiger. (9-0 Redwood, after six).

Left-handed reliever, Jeremy Sellier, came in for the save, mopping up the outmatched boys from Montgomery in due course.

Final score: 9-0

JV continues their home stand Friday, March 3rd, when they host Bishop O’Dowd High School at Moody Field. First pitch-3:30 p.m.

Photos from the game can be found at: http://www.jordonwarren.photography/p63030583

Redwood JV Upends Serra 5-2

Redwood’s JV Baseball team scored five runs on seven hits to beat Serra High School Tuesday night at Moody field. Kyle Felder started for the Giants and went three strong innings, striking out two. In a back and forth battle, the Giants got on the board in the first inning. Jackson Bender got on base with a short blooper single to center. Bender would steal second. After a wild pitch, Jackson would take third. Jackson Barry then put the ball in play to the right side of the diamond, scoring Bender from third. First baseman, Jack Morken, kept the inning alive with a hard hit ball to left field. Morken would get caught stealing second to end the inning. (1-0 Redwood).

Serra would tie the game in the top of the second. In response, Sam Warren would lead off the bottom half of the inning with a single to left. Catcher, Jake Nordstrom, would later be caught doubled up after Jacob Klionsky just missed driving the ball down the first base line.

In the top of the third, Serra would take the lead back by one run. Although Redwood committed an error to help the Padres, that was made irrelevant when shortstop, Zachary Gordon, wisely tagged the baserunner caught between second and third, then threw the ball home to secure the third out of the inning and ending the multi-run threat. Starting Pitcher, Kyle Felder, would help his own cause by smashing a double over the center-fielders’ head. Gordon followed up with a nicely hit ball to the right side of the diamond, advancing Felder to third. The giants would tie the game with a Jackson Bender single. (2-2 after three)

Eric Simonson entered the match in the top of the fourth in relief of Felder. Simonson kept the Serra batters off balance, inducing pop-ups. The Top of the fourth ended when catcher, Jake Nordstrom, fired the ball down to first baseman, Jack Morken, who then ran down the unsuspecting baserunner into the eventual tag by Z. Gordon. In the bottom half of the fourth, the Giants would grab the lead back and never look back. Jack Barry hit a single to right field. Jack Morken would follow up with a hard hit ball deep into the hole between short and second, which the shortstop could not handle. Sam Warren then put the ball in play, advancing Barry to third and landing safe at first. Jake Nordstrom gave the Giants the lead with a chopper to second, scoring Barry. (3-2 Redwood).

The Giants would lean on reliever Maxim Kawashima to pitch the fifth and sixth innings, shutting down Serra. Maxim would also draw a lead-off walk in the bottom of the fifth. He then stole second. Zachary Gordon then connected with a single to left field, advancing Maxim to third base. A wild pitch opened the door for the alert Kawashima to sprint home. (4-2). Two more wild pitches allowed Gordon to make his way to third base. Second baseman, Nick Cook, then drove the ball to right field, allowing Gordon to safely slide under the tag at home plate. (5-2 Redwood).

In the top of the sixth inning, the game got a bit testy with the bases loaded and one out. With the game on the line, Maxim Kawashima fielded a come-backer at the mound and wisely threw the ball home to Nordstrom. As Jake forced the second out, the Serra player slid into home with his spikes deliberately aimed at Nordstrom, who absorbed the cheap shot and threw the ball down to Morken, securing the double play and end the inning. For his efforts, the Serra player was ejected for intentionally trying to injure our player. In the bottom half of the sixth, with the Serra dugout in a bit of an uproar, Morken iced the situation with a hard hit troublemaker back up the middle, narrowly missing the jumpy pitcher. Jackson Bender was handed the ball in the seventh for the successful save with the help from some brilliant defensive work by Jackson Barry. Final Score: 5-2 Redwood

Pictures at: http://www.jordanwarren.photography/p724695914

Giants Top Riordan 7-0

Today, the sun was out for Redwood’s Junior Varsity baseball team after a quick turn-around from last night’s extra-inning victory in Petaluma. Taking on Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco, the Giants handed the ball to Cole Zesiger for their second pre-season game in as many days. On a day where two out rallies were the norm, the Giants made quick work of their opponent in the first inning after third basemen, Jackson Barry, was hit by a pitch. Jack Hake followed up with a single up the middle. With runners at first and second, first basemen, Jack Morken, turned on a fastball and shot the ball to the hot corner, advancing the runners and outrunning the throw to first. With the bases loaded, catcher Sam Warren stayed hot with a double to left, scoring Barry and Hake. In the bottom half of the first, after giving up an initial walk, Zesiger settled down to retire the next three batters, striking out one. (2-0 Redwood after one).

The Giants conceded one out in the top half of the second inning before they once again generated some offense. Infielder, Zachary Gordon, was hit by a pitch. Gordon then stole second. The upstart, Nate Charles, kept the rally alive with a double to right field, advancing Gordon to third. With runners at second and third, Jackson Bender hit the ball deep enough for Gordon to tag up and score. (3-0 Redwood). With two outs, Jackson Barry followed up with a hard hit ball to the third basemen, under pressure, and scored Charles. (4-0 Redwood). The contest was busted wide open when Jack Hake drilled his second hit of the day to deep center, doubling and scoring Barry. (5-0 Redwood). Starting pitcher, Cole Zesiger, would help his cause by turning a double play (1,4, 3) to end the second inning.

The Giants would once again use a combination of pitchers for the rest of the day to secure the five run lead. Jeremy Sellier returned to the active list in the third inning. The lefty’s 2017 debut was solid, as Sellier baffled the Crusaders with his off-speed stuff. In the fourth inning, the Giants would manufacturer their sixth run when Sam Warren doubled home Jack Morken from first base.

Coach Billy Jack Ryan also used Ryan Jessen on the hill. Jessen maintained the shut out for an inning and two thirds. In his 2017 debut, Maxim Kawashima returned to the hill with an impressive show of straight up power. Maxim threw twenty pitches, gave up no hits and struck out two.

The Giants offense managed a seventh and final run in the sixth inning. Jackson Bender started things off with a lead-off single. Jacob Klionsky followed up with a single to right field. Maxim Kawashima connected with a pitch to deep center, allowing Bender to smartly tag-up at second base and move to third. After, the Giants were the beneficiaries of their opponent’s relation to Johaan Sebastian Bach, earning Bender a free trot to home plate. (7-0 Redwood). Jack Hake came in for the save, striking out three batters and preserving the shut-out win for Zesiger.

The JV Giants will be hosting powerhouse Junipero Serra High School next Tuesday, February 28th, at Moody Field. First pitch 3:30 p.m. Go Giants!

Images can be accessed via:  http://www.jordanwarren.photography/p694955538

JV Bests Petaluma in Home Opener

The Redwood High School Junior Varsity baseball team kicked off their 2017 season tonight with a 3-2 eighth inning win over the Trojans of Petaluma High School. Kyle Felder started on the hill for the Giants, pitching three strong shut-out innings. Felder was efficient, delivering consistent first pitch strikes without conceding a walk. Eric Simonson took over for Felder in the fourth inning and threw two scoreless innings of no-hit baseball, going a perfect seven for seven on first pitch strikes, needing only twenty-one total pitches to blank seven batters. The contest, however, remained scoreless through five innings. Redwood hit the ball hard, with only shortstop Zachary Gordon and left-fielder Sam Warren finding daylight through five.

The Giants finally got on the board in the sixth inning. Jacob Klionsky drew a lead-off walk. Jared Robinow laid down a sacrifice bunt, advancing Klionsky to second base. A wild pitch landed Jacob on third for the sure-handed Jackson Barry, who drove the ball deep into left center, scoring Klionsky. Sam Warren drilled his second hit of the day into right field, moving Barry to third. Jack Morken was issued a four pitch walk, loading the bases for Giants starter, Kyle Felder. Felder drove the ball to center field, scoring Barry from third. The inning ended with Warren getting narrowly tagged out trying to score from second. 2-0 Giants. Haiden Jones came in to pitch the bottom of the sixth, quickly dispatching the first two Petaluma batters. The Giants would get into trouble after a routine hit to left field lead to too many extra and, as it turned out, ill-advised throws around the Diamond. Despite the parade errors, Jones hung tough and got his team off the field with more consistent pitching. 2-2 after six.

After being away from the game and not pitching for nearly two years, newcomer Jackson Bender, was handed the ball by head coach Billy Jack Ryan to close out the game for the Giants. Bender delivered, getting the Giants into the eighth inning with the help of his Giant teammates.

Nate Charles entered the game in the top of the eighth with a leadoff single. He then stole second. First baseman, Ryan Jessen, stepped up and drilled the ball to left, scoring the speedy Charles from second base (3-2 Giants). In a moment of some confusion, the umpire thought there were two outs, when in fact there was only one. His repetitive assurances duped the Giants into believing the same. The eighth inning rally was cut short when the runners were going on another hard hit ball by Sam Warren that turned into a surprise double play.

Jackson Bender once again made the long trot to the mound for the save. With the game on the line, the Petaluma batter hit the ball to short left-center. Putting his mark on this game, left-fielder Kyle Felder ran hard to his left and laid out to make a miraculous catch and important second out. The final out was equally entertaining, when Felder tracked down a hard hit ball to left and threw a seed to cut-off man Jackson Barry, who pivoted and threw to catcher, Jake Nordstrom, who applied the final game winning out. Final score: 3-2 Giants.

The Giants travel to San Francisco tomorrow (2/25) to take on Archbishop Riordan High School at 10:00 a.m. The JV side is hoping to see the return of the walking Wounded-Nick Cook, Robbie Wilson, Maxim Kawashima and Jeremy Sellier-for tomorrow’s game. The Giants are expected to throw Cole Zesiger, Ryan Jessen and Jack Morken after using four pitchers in tonight’s contest. All hands will be on deck as the boys work out the rain-soaked pre-season kinks. Go Giants!

Game images can be viewed at: http://www.jordanwarren.photography/p861289948

2017 Redwood JV Baseball Team

Jackson Barry

Jackson Bender

Nate Charles

Nick Cook

Kyle Felder

Zachary Gordon

Jack Hake

Ryan Jessen

Haiden Jones

Maxim Kawashima

Jacob Klionsky

Jack Morken

Jake Nordstrom

Jared Robinow

Jeremy Sellier

Erik Simonson

Sam Warren

Robbie Wilson

Cole Zesiger

Redwood Ace is USA Strikeout King for 2016

At this point in mid-June, all the statistics are in, so it is time to report some great news of which Redwood Baseball should be extremely proud —

Redwood v Marin Catholic, 1-2, 5-6-16

Oliver Pearson, ’18 – USA Strikeout Leader for JV Baseball with 87K

Oliver Pearson, ’18, led the country – yes, really (and this author did the painstaking state-by-state check on MaxPreps to be sure) in JV strikeouts for all of 2016. Pearson, a rising junior, struck out 87 batters during 63.1 innings pitched this year. His next three closest competitors, all from California schools, notched just 80, 76 and 72 Ks. After that, Virginia (71), Alabama (64), Oregon (56) and Texas (54) trailed behind.  This author thinks it is safe to say that Redwood fans have some fun to look forward to with Ollie in the next two years (and with his teammate, Blake Cusick, who had a 0.94 ERA this year)!

Huge congratulations to Oliver Pearson, the Redwood Baseball fan base is so proud and grateful to you!

JV Keeps Rolling Against Novato 6-5

At home on Tuesday, April 26 against Novato, Redwood JV won its seventh game in a row; the last six of which have been decided by less than three runs. There were many déjà vu moments for the fans, including a nail-biting finish, strong pitching, contributions from many team members, key steals, and much advantage taken of the opposition’s mistakes.

Dane Goodman leads off the game with a triple

Dane Goodman leads off the game with a triple

The Giants came out of the gate looking strong, with starting pitcher Oliver Pearson and the Redwood defense shutting down the Hornet batters in the first two innings and Dane Goodman crushing the first Novato pitch of the game for a triple. Goodman then scored on a wild pitch. Mackie Skall started off the Giants’ effort in the second by working a walk. Josh Katz and Nick Paoli-Khadjenouri added singles and both came around to score with the help of stolen bases and Hornet errors.

Novato threatened in the third inning, scoring on a Redwood error. With a man on third and just one out, Pearson came through with two strikeouts to end the threat. In the home half of the inning, Redwood failed to capitalize on hits by Pearson and Drew Jacks and could not build on their 3-1 cushion.

Nicolas Paoli-Khadjenouri at third base

Nicolas Paoli-Khadjenouri at third base

James Thompson came on to pitch in the fourth inning and he quickly dispatched the first three batters he faced with two strikeouts and a fly-out. The Giants’ batters battled in the fourth, with Goodman reaching second on a single and a Hornet error. Noah Arrick then walked and took second base, while Goodman reached third, on a wild pitch. But the inning ended before either could score.

In the fifth inning, Novato tied the score 3-3. Defense on both sides prevailed until the bottom of the sixth, when Sean McKenna walked, Thompson advanced him with a sacrifice bunt and Michael Connors hit a ground ball moving McKenna to third. With the go-ahead run on third, two outs and Goodman (and his .480 batting average) at the plate, the Hornets chickened out and intentionally walked Goodman (his third intentional pass of the season). Goodman then promptly stole second base. McKenna scored on another wild pitch and Goodman scored when Noah Arrick singled. 5-3 Giants’ lead.

The team awaits a post-victory talk with coaches

The team awaits a post-victory talk with coaches

Novato rallied again in the top of the seventh, managing two more runs to tie things up.  Jacks battled for a walk to start off the Giants, and advanced to second when Luke Zlatunich pulled back from a bunt when he recognized a ball. Jacks quickly sped on to third base when the Hornets overthrew second. With a full count and a the winning run 90 feet away, Zlatunich came through with a walk-off single to score Jacks and end the game with another heart-stopping Giants victory.

The team heads to Terra Linda this Friday, April 29, to keep its mojo going. Fans, come out and cheer but bring along that blood pressure medication, just in case!

JV Offense Leads 7-6 Win Over San Rafael

James Thompson launches one from left field

James Thompson launches one from left field

After a rain out last Friday, the San Rafael Bulldogs visited Moody Field on Monday, April 25 for a make-up game. They came in barking loudly but went home with their tails between their legs. The JV offense, somewhat quiet of late, came alive against SR with a total of 11 hits, 3 walks, 4 stolen bases and 7 runs.

At first, the Giants were sluggish, as only Oliver Pearson produced a single in the first inning, and they allowed the Bulldogs one run in the top of the second. But in the bottom half of the frame, Sean McKenna, Josh Katz, Luke Zlatunich and James Thompson all had singles, with McKenna and Zlatunich also stealing bases, to give the Giants their first two runs.

Noah Arrick steals second

Noah Arrick steals second

San Rafael collected a couple of hits in the third inning, putting men at first and second. But, as has been its habit, the JV coaching staff called a pick-off play and it was executed perfectly, erasing the lead runner. The Giants followed that up with two more outs and then returned to the plate for more hits and stolen bases: In the third, Noah Arrick singled and stole second, Sean McKenna singled and stole second, and Josh Katz singled. McKenna eventually scored on a Bulldog error.

In the fourth, San Rafael attempted a comeback with three hits and a run to start things off, and then attempted to steal third, an endeavor thwarted by a collective Redwood infield effort. Blake Cusick then crushed the rally, striking out the next batter and inducing a fly out to centerfielder Tyler Warren. In the bottom of the fourth, Zlatunich walked and stole second base, Thompson singled, Warren singled scoring Zlatunich, Arrick took first on a hit-by-pitch, Pearson singled scoring Warren and Wyatt McCullough (pinch running for Thompson), and Pearson stole second before the inning ended.

Josh Katz slides into third

Josh Katz slides into third

With the Giants up 7-2, the Bulldogs dug in, plating three runs in the fifth and another in the sixth to make the game close in the seventh. Fortunately, it wasn’t enough, as Oliver Pearson came on for the save and quickly closed out the three Bulldog batters in the seventh inning, preserving the Giants’ win.

There were a lot of notable stats in this game, with many players stepping up to contribute. A great team effort! — Pearson (2 hits, 2 RBIs, 2 SB), Thompson (2 hits, 1 RBI), Katz (2 hits, 1 RBI, 1 run), Warren (1 hit, 1 RBI, 1 run), McKenna (1 hit, 1 RBI, 2 runs), Zlatunich (1 hit, 1 run, 1 SB) and Arrick (1 hit, 1 run, 1 SB) led the offense. And, of course, the pitching team of starter/winning pitcher Blake Cusick (4.1 IP), Tyler Warren (1.2 IP) and Oliver Pearson (1 IP, save) were terrific, combining for 10 Ks with just 5 hits allowed.

JV Sinks Pirates 1-0 in a Thrilling Pitcher’s Duel

Riley Marsh stares down the Drake pitcher

Riley Marsh stares down the Drake pitcher

April 21. For the fourth game in a row, Redwood JV kept its fans on edge while winning with a margin of less than three runs. Giants’ ace Oliver Pearson was nearly perfect on the mound, pitching a complete game one hitter, striking out ten (seven looking) and walking none to pick up his fifth win of the season. In the fourth inning, he struck out the side on just eleven pitches. Only two Drake players reached base the entire game, one on a Redwood error. One was left stranded during the second inning, and the other was gunned down by catcher Mackie Skall and second baseman Michael Connors while trying to steal second base in the sixth inning.

Despite Pearson’s pitching and the solid defense behind him, the game was scoreless through 6, thanks to an almost-as-good performance by Drake’s pitchers. Redwood accumulated just four hits during the first six innings (a double and a single by Dane Goodman, and singles by Luke Zlatunich and Pearson).

Then, in the top of the seventh, the Redwood offense rallied. Sean

Oliver Pearson safely dives back to first base after a sixth inning single

Oliver Pearson safely dives back to first base after a sixth inning single

McKenna and Riley Marsh each singled, and then Dane Goodman added a third single which was poorly fielded by Drake, allowing Sean McKenna to score the go-ahead (and eventual winning) run from second. Oliver Pearson looked as though he was about to widen the lead when he smashed a line drive up the middle, but Drake’s pitcher snagged the blistering shot to end the inning, leaving men on second and third. While it would have been nice to have some breathing room with the extra runs, Pearson did not need them. In the bottom of the 7th, Drake was retired in order, with the last out being a pop up to catcher Mackie Skall. The Giants had their second victory of the season over Drake.

JV and coaches enjoy a post-game discussion of their victory

JV and coaches enjoy a post-game discussion of their victory

Redwood is now 8-1 in the conference (11-3 overall). Come out and cheer them on at home tomorrow, Friday April 22, when they take on the San Rafael Bulldogs (weather permitting).

JV Win in a Close Game

April 19. Going into Spring Break, this author expressed hope that the JV squad would use its chance for rest and relaxation to stop unnecessarily increasing the blood pressure of its fans with extra-inning/close games. The bad news – nope, that didn’t happen; the good news – they won a close, extra-inning conference game again Justin Siena in Napa on Tuesday night.

Although Redwood uncharacteristically allowed 11 hits and committed a couple of errors, they did employ a “bend don’t break” defense that held Justin Siena to a total of 3 runs in 9 innings. On the season, the team boasts a 1.38 ERA, having allowed more than 3 runs in a game just twice.

Redwood’s leadoff hitter, Dane Goodman, started things off with a triple on the first pitch he saw in the top of the first inning, taking home when the Justin Sienna right fielder missed his cut-off man. Giants starting pitcher Blake Cusick, as he has all season, kept the JS hitters guessing with a baffling mix of off-speed pitches and well-located fastballs. Cusick whiffed 3 Braves in the first 2 innings, assisted by a nice inning-ending double play (turned by Josh Katz and Michael Connors) in the second. Unfortunately, JS plated two unearned runs in the third inning and loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth. Cusick was able to limit the damage, holding JS to just one more run after he induced two weak ground balls that were turned into force outs to catcher Luke Zlatunich and struck out his 5th batter of the game to end the threat.

Down 3-1, the Giants went into rally mode. In the top of the sixth, Oliver Pearson singled to center and Mackie Skall followed that by drawing a walk. Riley Marsh ran for Skall and Coach Epidendio signaled for a double steal, which the Giants executed perfectly, placing runners on second and third with only one out. The decision to advance the runners paid immediate dividends, as a wild pitch allowed Pearson to score and Marsh to advance to third. After Sean McKenna walked, Michael Connors hit what looked like a rally-killing 6-4-3 double play ball. But the feisty Connors hustled down the line to beat out the throw to first, allowing Marsh to score and tie the game!

Tyler Warren came on in relief in the bottom of the sixth and pounded the strike zone early and often, retiring the Braves in order and sending the game to extra innings.

There was no further scoring until the top of the ninth, when Josh Katz led off with a single. Dane Goodman then hit a hard ground ball that the Brave’s third baseman could not handle. With Drew Jacks at the plate, both runners advanced on a wild pitch, at which point the

Braves intentionally walked Jacks to load the bases. Oliver Pearson then smashed a 4-foot single (which is only fair, given how many times Pearson has hit the ball hard this year to no avail) that rolled up the third base line just far enough for Josh Katz to sprint home and avoid the sweep tag by the catcher. James Thompson then smacked a fly ball to centerfield, easily scoring the speedy Goodman with a nice insurance run. Warren had little trouble locking down the victory. After a lead off-walk in the home half of the ninth, he retired the side on a soft grounder, a strikeout and a fly ball to right that Jacks squeezed to clinch the 5-3 victory.

Game notes include Blake Cusick’s one earned run and 5 K’s in 5 innings and Tyler Warren picking up his first win of the season, pitching 4 innings of shut-out relief. Goodman, Pearson and Katz led Redwood with 2 hits each and scored 4 of the 5 Redwood runs.

The Redwood JV Giants remain atop the MCAL standings with a 7-1 league record (10-3 overall). But there are some very big rivalry games coming up. With just three weeks to go, every game counts, so come on out and root, root, root for the Giants! Next game is Thursday, April 21 at Drake, followed by San Rafael on Friday, April 22 at Moody.

JV Corrals Mustangs

On April 8, the Redwood JV entered Spring Break by running its MCAL record to 6-1 with a thrilling 3-1 extra-inning win on the road against a feisty San Marin squad. Oliver Pearson pitched brilliantly, earning the win with 7 innings of 1 run ball, scattering 5 hits and whiffing 11 while only walking 2. The San Marin pitcher was almost as good, though the Redwood hitters were making loud contact, shutting out the Giants until the 6th inning, when Dane Goodman scored from second on a Noah Arrick single.

The large Redwood contingent that made the Friday afternoon trip to Novato were hopeful that one run would be sufficient, given Pearson’s dominating performance. However, San Marin would not quit and evened the score in the bottom half of the 6th on a 2-out single. The damage could have been worse, as the RBI single was followed by a walk and another single, but Redwood came up with a huge play when shortstop Riley Marsh tagged out the potential go-ahead run at the plate after a rundown.

Redwood threatened again in the top of the 7th, when San Marin to decided to load the bases, and put a potential insurance run in scoring position, by intentionally walking center fielder Goodman. Unfortunately, the strategy worked, as Noah Arrick, who had a nice day at the plate (2-4 with a double and an RBI), just got under one and lofted a harmless fly ball to right for the third out, stranding the go-ahead run.

In the bottom of the 7th, things looked dire for the boys from Larkspur. A pinch hit, lead-off double to left (the first Pearson pitch that San Marin had pulled all day) put the winning run on second with no outs. Everyone expected San Marin to bunt the runner to third to set up an easy walk off on a fly ball or a grounder through a drawn-in infield. But the grizzled Redwood coaching staff had other ideas. Dusting off a Dean Kristy travel ball play from the hard streets of Tiburon, Riley Marsh decoyed the runner on second to follow him toward third while second baseman Michael Connors sneaked in behind the runner. Person wheeled and threw a perfect pick off to second, erasing the likely winning run. It was a huge momentum shift; the Mustangs were visibly (and audibly) deflated. The next two hitters went quietly and the game headed for extra innings. In the top of the 8th, right fielder Drew Jacks smacked a huge 1-out triple. That was immediately followed by a double by Michael Connors, with Jacks jogging home with the go-ahead run. Connors was then plated by a Mackie Skall single, putting the Giants up 3-1. Blake Cusick came on in the bottom of the 8th to close out San Marin and earn the save by retiring all three batters he faced.

At the end of the day, Redwood had 3 runs on nine hits and logged their 9th win of the season. At the break, the Giants have the best record in MCAL play. However, as the late, great, Yogi Berra said, it ain’t over until the fat lady sings and the young Redwood squad has a lot of work to do to maintain its position at the top of the standings. Hopefully, the team will maintain its stellar pitching and solid defense and the bats will more consistently produce runs so the fans do not have to go through the stress of extra-inning and one-run games. Redwood’s next game is at Justin-Siena on April 19. See you there!

JV Wins a Blowout and Then a Squeaker at Home

On Saturday, April 2, Redwood JV hosted Montgomery High of Santa Rosa, and came away with an 11-1 victory in five innings. Winning pitcher Blake Cusick faced just sixteen batters in four innings, allowing only two hits and one run while striking out four. Closer Tyler Warren shut the door, striking out two of three batters that he faced. The Redwood batters were unstoppable, racking up 11 hits and seven walks on their way to 11 runs. Of particular note were Mackie Skall with two hits and two RBIs, Luke Zlatunich with a double, a run and two RBIs, and Nicolas Paoli-Khadjenouri with a double, a run and an RBI.

Sean McKenna on base after driving Connors in for the win

Sean McKenna on base after driving Connors in for the win

JV’s record improved to 8-3 (5-1 in conference play) on Tuesday, April 5 with a 2-1 home win against Marin Catholic. The game featured an intensive pitcher’s duel, as Redwood’s Blake Cusick logged another strong performance, allowing just one run on two hits. Redwood’s defense had a number of important plays to keep the Wildcats off the board, including a key double play in the third, Dane Goodman’s lunge for the final out in the fourth and Drew Jacks’ timely grab in right field in the fifth. MC’s defense was also strong, and the sixth inning started with a 0-0 score. MC managed a run in the top of the sixth, and the pressure was on the Giants’ defense, with no outs and two runners on base. Ollie Pearson came on in relief to try to stem the rally and ended up with the win. When the Wildcat on second attempted to steal third, catcher Luke Zlatunich threw to shortstop Riley Marsh, who whipped the ball to third baseman Sean McKenna for the out. Pearson and the defense then got the next two outs to get out of the inning with no further damage. Redwood’s offense then cobbled together two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead. Jacks led off the inning and reached second base on a couple of MC errors. Michael Connors moved Jacks to third with a single, and stole second. Zlatunich smacked a sacrifice fly, allowing Jacks to score Redwood’s first run. Junior Sean McKenna then came through with a huge single, allowing Connors to score the go-ahead run. In their final at bat, the Wildcats were unable to get past Pearson’s pitching, and the Giants were victorious. The boys travel to San Marin before heading into Spring Break and hope to keep their MCAL-leading record intact before hitting the slopes/beaches for some much deserved R&R.

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Coach Rich Epidendio celebrates as Michael Connors scores the winning run against MC

JV Celebrates Spring with Two More Wins

Mike Firenzi promised to bring Redwood baseball back to greatness when he assumed the helm last year. He has kept that promise, as the entire program is harkening back to the glory days of Al Endriss, with great pitching, timely — though not spectacular — hitting, and solid defense. On Wednesday, the Giants JV squad rendered a good example of that small ball style when they traveled to Novato and came back with a 9-2 victory. The team got those nine runs on just seven hits but they drew nine walks and ran the bases aggressively. Drew Jacks collected three singles, and Mackie Skall, Noah Arrick, James Thompson and Josh Katz also contributed hits. Redwood stole six bases – two each by Oliver Pearson, Blake Cusick and Dane Goodman — and Goodman scampered home on a careless exchange between the Hornet pitcher and catcher. Redwood’s defense was also solid, with Ollie Pearson pitching five innings, whiffing eight and surrendering just three hits, and Tyler Warren finishing off the last two innings, allowing a run on two hits.

Catcher Luke Zlatunich is ready behind the plate

Catcher Luke Zlatunich is ready behind the plate

On Thursday, the Giants celebrated being back on their home field by beating Terra Linda 4-1 using four walks, four hits (Drew Jacks, Oliver Pearson and Dane Goodman(2)), four runs (Jacks, Goodman(2) and Josh Katz) and three stolen bases (Pearson, Jacks and Sean McKenna)! Redwood pitchers Blake Cusick and James Thompson were dominant. Cusick hurled five innings with six strikeouts and no runs, and Thompson closed with two innings of no-walk, one strikeout relief. It is early but Cusick’s ERA this season is a ridiculous .45. The defense was strong again, with Goodman shooting down a runner at third from centerfield and catcher Luke Zlatunich throwing out runners both times the Trojans tried to steal on him. This season, Zlatunich has gunned down an impressive 5 of 7 runners that tried to steal when he was on duty.

Redwood JV now has a 6-2 record on the season (4-0 in league play) and they travel to Tam High on Tuesday to take on the 5-2 Hawks.

JV Breaks Even in Weekend Road Games

Friday night, 3/18 , JV visited San Rafael for their second MCAL contest of the year and cruised to a 10-2 victory over the Bulldogs. Redwood played stalwart defense behind pitchers Blake Cusick, who picked up the win with four strong innings, and Tyler Warren, who finished up with three innings of solid relief. Each pitcher allowed just two hits and one run by San Rafael. Meanwhile, Redwood’s offense took advantage of a shaky first inning by the Bulldog’s starting pitcher, who walked in a couple of runs. Redwood added 7 hits from five different players. Mackie Skall and Dane Goodman had two hits apiece, and Noah Arrick, Luke Zlatunich and Josh Katz rounded it out. Redwood also took five errors by San Rafael. Oliver Pearson, Arrick (2), Goodman (2), Skall (2), Drew Jacks, Alex Smith and Sean McKenna all crossed the plate for the Giants, who are now 2-0 in league play.

Michael Connors, backed up by Dane Goodman, prepares to catch a fly ball in the third inning.

Michael Connors, backed up by Dane Goodman, prepares to catch a fly ball in the third inning.

3/19. Saturday morning in Santa Rosa was a different story, when Redwood lost 5-1 at Cardinal Newman in a revenge game for the redbirds. Things started off well in the first inning, when Oliver Pearson hit a single and later scored as a result of an error by the Cardinals. But that was all the scoring the Giants could muster on the day, as CN played very solid defense the rest of the way and limited the Giants to just five more hits, no walks and no more runs. While the Giants’ hitters hit the ball hard a number of times, almost all of those hard hit balls were right at CN defenders and Redwood had no extra base hits on the day. Blake Cusick led the Giants hitting on Saturday with two singles, and Noah Arrick, Drew Jacks and Nicolas Paoli-Khadjenouri contributed a single each. Pitcher James Thomson started the game and took the loss after tossing 4 innings and giving up 5 runs, 3 of which were earned, on 7 hits. Oliver Pearson, who earned a win against CN a couple of weeks ago at home, held the Cardinals scoreless on just one hit in his two innings of work but the Redwood bats could not cut into the early deficit. The Cardinals are a well-coached team that executed at the plate very well. In total, they managed to put together eight hits (including a homer in the third inning), two walks and two stolen bases for their five runs.

JV Bests Drake 3-2 in 8-Inning Nail-biter

“Now, THAT was fun,” said JV coach Rich Epidendio as he watched his team in a celebratory group huddle, enjoying their 8th inning 3-2 victory over Drake. Before then, the crowd was treated to an amazing pitchers’ duel through 7 innings. Redwood starter Oliver Pearson was masterful, baffling the Drake batters over 6 innings of shut out, two hit, and 6-strikeout baseball. The Drake starter made it an equally tough go for the Redwood line-up, allowing just 2 hits – by Luke Zlatunich and Josh Katz. Redwood defense ably backed up Pearson, with Mackie Skall and Michael Connors turning an attempted steal into an out in the 4th, and Dane Goodman running to deny a hit in centerfield in the 5th and making a grass-kissing catch in the 6th.

Blake Cusick came into pitch for Redwood in the 7th and struck out the side on 16 pitches to send it into the bottom of the 7th. Redwood threatened in the bottom of 7 as Drew Jacks reached on an error and Sean McKenna singled, but could not push a run across as Luke Zlatunich’s blast to left was tracked down for the final out, sending the game into extra innings.

Drake scraped together two runs in the top of the 8th, with a single, a hit batter, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly, and the Giants found themselves with the backs to the wall, down to their final three outs. It might have been worse for our heroes, if not for Drew Jacks impressive chase down of a deep fly to right field.

But the Redwood team knew their afternoon was not over. This team has fight galore. Riley Marsh led off the bottom of the 8th with a walk. After one out, Noah Arrick took an 0-2 count and turned it into a 10 pitch at-bat walk, sending Riley to second base. Coach Rich Epidendio sent Nic Paoli-Khadjenouri in to pinch hit and Nic delivered, smashing a one-out double, scoring Marsh to make it 2-1 with runners on second and third.

Drake wanted nothing to do with clean-up hitter Dane Goodman, and intentionally walked him to load the IMG_5406bases. Now it fell onto the shoulders of Drew Jacks. Drew dug in with determination. He read fastball and got it, drilling the first pitch into the left center gap, scoring Arrick and PK for the walk off, as the Redwood bench poured onto the field and mobbed Jacks.

Blake Cusick got the victory in relief, pitching two innings, with 4K’s. This was a blueprint game, where you learn to battle inning after inning, seemingly not getting any breaks, but you hang in there until you get the chance to make your own breaks.

Redwood JV’s next take their grit on the road to play Friday 3/18 against San Rafael at San Rafael High School, at 4:30.

JV Beats Cardinal Newman 7-2 with Good All-Around Effort

IMG_5193Ace Oliver Pearson twirled four strong innings with 8 strikeouts and just one earned run, and Blake Cusick finished things off with three innings of no-walk, one-run pitching. Redwood’s strong pitching was backed up by the Giants’ “bend don’t break” defense, forcing CN to strand 11 baserunners. Redwood’s offense started strong with 2 runs in the first inning, and two more in the fourth. CN threatened in the fifth with its first run and multiple runners on base waiting to make it close. Redwood escaped that scare, added two more runs in the fifth and one in the sixth, then held CN to just one run in the seventh. Redwood’s offense continued what it started in the team’s last game, logging another 14 hits from eight different batters. Dane Goodman led the way, going 4-4 with a double, a stolen base, two RBIs and a run. Drew Jacks (2 runs), Oliver Pearson, and Noah Arrick contributed two hits apiece, and Riley Marsh, Wyatt McCullough, Sean McKenna and Josh Katz rounded off the 14 hits. JV has a week to continue to hone their skills before they face Montgomery (away) next on March 8.

JV Bats Come Alive, Evens Record at at 1-1

It took a scrimmage and a non-conference game to shake off the winter rust, but the Redwood JV bats came alive against Petaluma in the second non-conference game of the season, leading the Giants to a 9-3 victory.

Redwood wasted no time getting their first run of the game in the top of the first. Noah Arrick smashed a triple to deep right (the first leg of his “baby cycle” – trademark pending). Arrick then scored on a fielder’s choice to put the Giants up 1-0. In the third, clean up hitter Dane Goodman crushed a 3 run home run to left center to make it 4-0. The boys added 5 runs in the 4th, including an RBI opposite field double by Oliver Pearson and an RBI single by Luke Zlatunich.

In total, Redwood collected 14 hits, led by Arrick (3-3 with a triple, a double and single, the mythical “tricycle” (copyright pending)), Goodman (3-5 with a homer, 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored), Michael Connors (2-4) and Sean McKenna (2-4).

Mr. Arrick was also brilliant on the mound earning the victory and surrendering only one earned run while striking out 4 and walking just one (the first batter he faced). Lefty James Thompson was excellent in 2 innings of relief, allowing just 2 hits, whiffing one and walking none.

The fans look forward to the JV squad keeping it going in a scrimmage Saturday against Riordan in the City. If you cannot make it to the game, we look forward to seeing you at the big Redwood Baseball event at Redwood on Saturday night!

JV Fights but Falls 2-1 in a Close Opening Game

On February 24, Redwood JV took on Casa Grande in the first game of the season (non-conference), in IMG_5141what turned out to be a great pitching duel.  For Redwood, Oliver Pearson notched 12 strikeouts in six innings, and closer Blake Cusick whiffed all three of the batters he faced in a perfect seventh inning.  Unfortunately, Casa Grande took full advantage of the few hits they were able to put together, plating two runs in the third inning.  Redwood’s offense was limited but showed some promise, including Sean McKenna’s third inning single to get things rolling and his reaching first safely on a CG error in the fifth inning, which led to his stealing third and then taking home on a wild pitch for Redwood’s only run.  Other notable offensive performances were Dane Goodman’s long double in the fourth, Mackie Skall’s single in the sixth, Josh Katz’s well-executed sacrifice bunt in the fifth that helped lead to McKenna’s eventual run, and Nick P-K’s gritty 8-pitch battle to stay alive in the seventh.  Unfortunately, these moments didn’t happen close enough together to put together the runs needed for a win.  Given Redwood’s solid pitching and defense, once the bats come alive, they are sure to be a force to be reckoned with.  The next game is away at Petaluma and the Giants are looking to even their record!

Congratulations To The Junior Varsity Players

The following players make up THE OFFICIAL ROSTER for the 2016 Redwood Baseball Junior Varsity Team led by Rich Epidendio and Dean Kristy (all players listed below have made the team)-CONGRATULATIONS JUNIOR VARSITY TEAM!:

Noah Arrick
Michael Connors
Blake Cusick
Andreas Gleckman
Dane Goodman
Drew Jacks
Josh Katz
Riley Marsh
Wyatt McCullough
Sean McKenna
Ryan Nevitt
Nicolas Paoli-Khadjenouri
Oliver Pearson
Mackie Skall
Alex Smith
James Thomson
Tyler Warren
Luke Zlatunich