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.