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.

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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