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.

The link for those photos is:  http://www.jordanwarren.photography/p517729644

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

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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!

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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!

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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!