Genki LeClair Named MCAL Player of the Year-Four more make All-MCAL

5/18: In his third year as a varsity player, second baseman Genki LeClair capped off his senior campaign by being named ‘Player of the Year’, the highest honor awarded to position players by the MCAL.  LeClair has been a catalyst to the Giants offense that took sole possession of third place in the MCAL round robin and then went on to sweep the playoffs, ending their MCAL season as co-champions.  LeClair’s .475 overall batting average ranked #28 in the North Coast Section and his .471 league batting average ranked #1 in the MCAL.  Genki also led the league with 24 hits and ranked #2 in with two triples (behind Jack Morken with three), #2 in the league with 17 runs scored, #2 in the league with ten stolen bases, #2 with 17 runs scored, and was #1 in the league with a .571 on base percentage.  To date, LeClair has proven to be tough on pitchers as in 107 plate appearances, Genki has only been struck out seven times.

 

Three year varsity veteran Jackson Barry took All-MCAL second team honors as an infielder.  The smooth fielding third baseman ended the MCAL campaign with a .347 batting average, ranking fifteenth in the league.  Barry ranked #3 in the league with six doubles and had a homer to his tally.

Junior Lucas Roy took his well-deserved place on the second team as an outfielder.  Roy contributed at the plate, in center field and on the mound.  Roy may be most remembered for closing out the MCAL Championship game with a four-pitch strike-out, but it was likely his offensive numbers that earned his spot.  Roy ended the MCAL season ranked #16 with a .333 average.

Sophomore Ben Cohen also made the second team as a designated hitter/utility player.  Cohen played games in the outfield, as a designated hitter and pitched.  He ranked #18 in the league with a 3.15 ERA.  Ben ended the MCAL season with a .371 batting average, ranking #9 in the MCAL.  He also had a homer to the Giants total.

Senior Kyle Felder took Honorable Mention honors.  Felder ended the season with the best winning percentage in the MCAL, going 6-0 in league play.  His six wins ranked #2 in the MCAL.  His .74 ERA ranked #3 in the league.  His 19 strikeouts in 28 innings ranked #16 in the league.

Giants Win the Pennant!!!

5/10: For the second year in a row, the Giants beat Drake High School at Albert Field under the lights to capture the MCAL Varsity Baseball Championship, capping off a championship sweep of the MCAL as all three programs (Freshman, Junior Varsity and Varsity) will raise MCAL Championship banners in the gym for the second year in a row.  A feat that has unlikely ever been accomplished in MCAL history.

The Giants rush the mound in celebration of their back-to-back MCAL Championship

Entering the tournament as the three seed, Redwood advanced to the final by beating Marin Catholic on a stellar pitching performance by Nick Welch on Tuesday.  Tonight, Kyle Felder was given the honors to start on the hill and was exceptional through six and a third innings. Felder struck out eight, allowing just five hits for two runs.

Felder was nails, giving up just two runs in six innings of work

Playing as the home team, Redwood took an early lead in the bottom of the first inning. Jarod Robinow singled with a hard ground ball toward second base. Genki LeClair followed with a single to right field, advancing Robinow to second base. Jackson Barry loaded the bases with a single to right. Ben Cohen came up big with a line drive single to left center field, scoring Robinow and LeClair (2-0). Jack Morken was hit by a pitch, advancing Barry to third and Cohen to second, but the Giants could not add to their early lead.

The Giants picked up another run in the bottom of the second inning.

Rabinow and LeClair combined to draw first blood

Jarod Robinow landed safely at first with a fielder’s choice to shortstop. Robinow advanced to second after a Pirate error. Genki LeClair then belted his second hit of the evening, scoring Robinow from second base (3-0). Drake would get on the scoreboard with a solo homerun in the top of the third inning (3-1). In response, the Giants plated two runs in the bottom of the third. Ben Cohen lead off with a double to left field. Alex Hagen laid down a crowd-pleasing bunt along the third base foul line, advancing Cohen to third. With two outs, Jackson Reed singled up the middle, scoring Cohen (4-1). Lucas Roy then singled to center field, scoring Hagen from second base (5-1).

Alex Hagen is mobbed after scoring

In the bottom of the fifth, Alex Hagen lead off with a hard-hit single to center field. Jack Morken then sacrificed himself with a bunt, advancing Hagen to second. Sam Warren hit the ball to the right side of the infield, advancing Hagen to third. Nick Welch entered the game and induced a nine-pitch walk. Lucas Roy then collected his second hit of the contest with a double to left field, easily scoring Hagen (6-1).

In the top of the sixth inning, the Pirates might have caught a break after an underthrown ball to first base, sending the ball toward the Drake dugout and the runner on his way to second base. However, an alert Jake Nordstrom tracked down the live ball and fired a seed to second, throwing the runner out.

Reed made a dazzling backhand in the sixth

Shortstop Jackson Reed backhanded a sure hit deep in the hole, fired a bullet across the diamond and Jack Morken handled a difficult short hop at first to secure the third out and end the threat.

In the top of the seventh inning, Drake mounted a gut-wrenching comeback, scoring three runs. With the tying run at the plate, Jesse Gassman induced a troublemaker pop up to shallow center field. Lucas Roy would help his pitcher with a diving catch for the second out. Roy was then given the ball and ended the game by striking out the Drake batter for the final out.

Lucas Roy celebrates strike three

Final Score – 6 to 4.

The Giants had timely hitting throughout the tournament up and down their potent lineup. In the championship game, Roy, LeClair, and Cohen each had two hits. Robinow, Barry, and Reed contributed one hit each and Alex Hagen stayed hot with three hits. The Giants out hit their opponent 12 to 7 in route to winning back to back MCAL Pennants.

 

The Giants are on a roll, a roll that was acknowledged by the NCS seeding committee.  Redwood is #1 seed in the Division 2 bracket.  They are slated to face off against the Bethel Jaguars out of Vallejo, at Moody Field Wednesday May 15th, at 5pm.  Bethel ended their season with a 13-2 overall record, a 10-2 conference record and won the Tri-County-Stone League Championship.

The Varsity Giants flash their hard-earned MCAL Pennant

Firenzi gets some last-minute advice from mentor and Redwood legend, Al Endriss

It was standing room only at Albert Park Friday night

Giants Victorious over Marin Catholic in MCAL Semi-Final for Firenzi’s 450th Win

5/7: The Varsity baseball team did an about-face on Tuesday night, beating Marin Catholic by a score of 4-1, earning Head Coach Mike Firenzi his 450th victory. After losing handily to their main rival four days before, Head Coach, Mike Firenzi, had his squad ready to play before tonight’s match, with the main attraction being junior pitcher – Nick Welch. Welch rebounded from last Thursday’s loss with a convincing six inning two hit performance, carrying a no hitter into the fifth inning against a talented MC offense. Welch struck out four during his impressive outing.

Offensively, the Giant’s struck first in the top of the second inning. Lucas Roy got on base with a single to second base – beating out the throw. Roy stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Jack Morken then drove the ball to left field, scoring Roy (1-0).

In the top of the third inning, the Giants were in good shape after both Genki LeClair and Jarod Robinow put the ball in play and reached base on MC errors. With one out, Redwood was poised to strike but were dumfounded by two pick-off outs on the base paths, clearly frustrating Firenzi.

Hagen stands tall at second after a clutch double

Welch would stymie MC through five, giving the Giant’s more opportunities to score. With only a one run lead, Redwood started the top of the sixth with a Ben Cohen single. Lucas Roy laid down a bunt and reached on an error.

Alex Hagen then doubled down the third base line, scoring Cohen from second and Roy from first base (3-0). Jack Morken then stroked an ill-advised fastball to left center field, scoring Hagen from second base (4-0). The strength of MC’s batting order would plate one run in the bottom of the sixth.

Jesse Gassman returned to the show from the IR to relieve Welch in the bottom of the seventh. Gassman struck out the first batter and induced ground balls for the final two outs of the game. Lucas Roy, Alex Hagen, and Jack Morken each had two hits on the day with Ben Cohen adding the seventh. The Giant’s committed two errors in the field and had some base running hiccups but all of that went away with an exciting playoff win at Marin Catholic.

Final Score: 4 to 1.

In a rematch of last year’s final, The Giants will face Drake at Albert field on Friday night at 7pm to determine who will share the 2019 Pennant with the round-robin champion, Tamalpias. Go Giants!

The Giants take a team picture after the game with the Pirates on their mind

Giants to Face MC in MCAL Semi-Final

5/2: The Varsity baseball team finished regular season play on Thursday with a 6-0 loss to Marin Catholic. At 11-5 (15-9 overall), the Giants secured the third seed going into their rematch with the Wildcats on Tuesday May 7th.

Redwood only had four hits on the day, with Genki LeClair providing the lion’s share with two. Lucas Roy and Jackson Reed were the only other Giant’s with hits. In order to be successful in the playoffs, the Giants will need to find a way to get on base and hit the ball come Tuesday.

The Giants play at Marin Catholic on Tuesday May 7th at 4:30 p.m. Drake will face number one seed Tamalpais in the other semifinal.

Giants Secure Playoff Spot with win over San Rafael

4/30: The Varsity baseball team beat San Rafael 11-2 on Tuesday night. At the same time, Tam beat Drake, assuring the Giant’s a spot in the (final four) MCAL playoffs to determine the 2019 league champion. There are still a few variables to be determined on Thursday night, but a clean sweep of MC most likely lands Redwood in the two-spot at 12-4, with an opportunity to knock out probable three seed, San Marin, in the semifinals. The 2019 Giants are playing their best baseball right now but will need to play like champions come Thursday night.

At San Rafael, the Giants got their first run in the top of the second. Jack Morken was hit by the first of two on the night. Lucas Roy advanced Morken to second with a ground ball to short. Jake Nordstrom was subsequently hit by a pitch. Jackson Reed stayed hot with a single, scoring Morken from second base (1-0).

In the top of the third inning, Jarod Robinow lead off with a single to center field. Genki LeClair then smoked one up the middle, scoring the speedy outfielder from first base (2-0).

In the top of the fourth, Jake Nordstrom reached first base on an error by the San Rafael third baseman. Jackson Reed advanced Nordstrom with a sacrifice bunt. Matt Birchenough reached base on another Bulldog error, advancing Nordstrom to third base. Jarod Robinow laid down a spectacular RBI bunt along the first base foul line, scoring Nordstrom and advancing Birchenough to second base (3-0). Genki LeClair hit a sacrifice fly to center field, and both runners would advance their position after tagging up. Jackson Barry was walked, loading the bases. Ben Cohen was hit by a pitch, scoring Birchenough and advancing Robinow to third and Barry to second. Jack Morken hit a hard ground ball to short, scoring Robinow after the San Rafael error and advancing Barry to third base. Lucas Roy finished the scoring outburst with a single to left, scoring Barry (6-0). The Giants would allow two runs to score in the bottom half of the fourth inning.

In the top of the fifth inning, the Giants busted the game wide open. Jackson Reed was hit by a pitch and Sam Warren walked. Jarod Robinow laid down another perfect bunt, sacrificing himself to advance Reed and Warren. Genki LeClair then blasted a double to center field, scoring Reed and Warren (8-2). Jackson Barry put the ball in play, scoring LeClair after he stole third base (9-2). Ben Cohen sliced one down the third base line, advancing Barry to third base. Zack Gordon would enter the game after Jackson Barry tweeked his hamstring. Lucas Roy added two more runs with a single to right field, scoring Gordon and Cohen (11-2).

Kyle Felder earned the win for the Giants with four innings of two hit pitching, striking out three during his outing – which was a crowd pleaser. Ben Cohen and Lucas Roy relieved Redwood’s work-horse with three innings of no-hit pitching, striking out four batters. The Giant’s offense tallied ten hits, producing nine RBI’s in route to the victory. Final Score: 11-2.

The boys finish regular season play at Marin Catholic on Thursday May 2nd. First pitch – 4:30 p.m.

Giants Beat Terra Linda Going into Final week of MCAL Play

4/27: Sitting in the second position after Friday’s convincing win over Terra Linda, the Giants have worked their way into a probable playoff spot in the final four. After Marin Catholic came from behind to defeat Drake on the same night, Redwood sits at second place in the MCAL standings, above MC and below Tam in the hard-fought pennant race going into the final week of play. At 10 and 4, the boys are responsible for their own fate.

On Friday night, the Giants made quick work of the Trojans, plating three runs in the top of the first inning. Matt Birchenough lead off with a single. Jarod Robinow, again, laid down a perfect bunt, advancing Birchenough to second base. Genki LeClair then singled to left field, scoring Birch (1-0). Jackson Barry scorched one over the left field fence, just foul. The gloveman then singled to left, advancing LeClair to third base. Ben Cohen put the ball in play and with the fielder’s choice, scoring LeClair. Barry would be called out advancing to second. Jack Morken was hit by a pitch, putting Cohen at second base. Lucas Roy stroked one to left field, scoring Ben Cohen to finish the offensive start (3-0).

In the top of the second, Jackson Reed crushed a ball to deep left field, landing on second base. Jarod Robinow would get walked and Genki LeClair got hit by a pitch, leaving Reed at third and Jarod at second base. After some malfeasance, Ben Cohen would drive a ball to center field, scoring Robinow and LeClair (5-0). Terra Linda would make the game close with three runs in the bottom half of the second (5-3).

The Giants recaptured a run in the third, after a Jake Nordstrom walk and Matt Birchenough timely hit to left, scoring Jake Nordstrom (6-3). In the top of the fourth, Jackson Barry sent a ball to left field. Zack Gordon would enter the game as a courtesy runner for Barry. Ben Cohen then drove the ball to left field, scoring Zee Gordon from second base (7-3) after four.

The Giants forced a lopsided score in the top of the seventh. Lucas Roy was walked. Jake Nordstrom advanced Roy with a bunt. Satoshi Miki hit a hard grounder to second, scoring Roy after the Trojan error. Matt Birchenough and Sam Warren lured walks. LeClair then singled to left, scoring Miki and Birchenough, leaving Warren at third base and LeClair at second base. Jackson Barry put his stamp on the game with a no doubter over the left field fence with a three-run homerun to finish the game. Final score: 13-3.

The Giants tallied fifteen hits on the day, committing no errors. The pitchers, Jackson Bender, Ben Cohen, and Matt Smalbach combined for a convincing five hit, five strikeout win on the hill. The Giants face the San Rafael Bulldogs on Tuesday, April 30th, at San Rafael High School and finish regular season play against cross-creek rivals, Marin Catholic, on Thursday May 2nd at Marin Catholic High School – first pitch: 4:30 p.m.  Go Giants!

Giants stay Hot with Critical Win Over Drake

4/23: On a hot Tuesday night, the Varsity Baseball Team continued to play like defending MCAL Champions, beating offensive powerhouse, Drake High School, 3-1. The Giants’ got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning. Matt Birchenough lead off with a single up the middle. Matt would go on to steal second base. Genki LeClair then hit a line drive single to left field, advancing Birchenough to third base.

Jackson Barry drives in the first Redwood run

Next, Jackson Barry was able to drive the ball to deep center field, allowing Birchenough to tag up and easily score.

Kyle Felder started on the hill for Redwood, keeping the Pirates scoreless until the third inning, when Drake tied the game 1 to 1. The winning pitcher, Kyle Felder, pitched five innings, allowing only five hits while striking out two.

Kyle Felder was solid on the mound, earning another victory

The Giants got rolling again in the bottom of the third inning. Jarod Robinow laid down a beautiful bunt along the third base foul line, rolling casually in play by inches as he sprinted safely to first base. Genki LeClair followed with a line drive single to left field, advancing Robinow to second base. Jackson Barry then singled to left field, scoring Robinow from second base and advancing LeClair to second. Jack Morken followed Barry with a line drive to center field, scoring LeClair from second (3-1, after three).

Nick Welch entered the game in the sixth inning, relieving the steady Felder. Welch walked a batter and hit the next to give Drake two men on with only one out. Welch would rely on his defense to get out of the jam. Center fielder, Lucas Roy, caught a line drive and alertly threw the ball to second baseman,

Morken drops the tag to end the inning on a close play at first

Genki LeClair, who was able to catch the runner on first base in a pickle and the eventual third out at first base. Welch settled down in the bottom of the seventh, striking out successive Pirate batters for the final three outs. Jake Nordstrom tallied two hits on the day and Jackson Reed had one, as the Giants out-hit their opponents with eleven hits. Final Score: 3-1.

 

The Giants resume MCAL play on Friday, April 26th, when they take on the Trojans from Terra Linda at Terra Linda High School. First pitch – 4:30 p.m. The Giants are currently battling for a playoff spot with three games left to determine the top four MCAL teams. Five teams are all within one game of each other. Go Giants!

Varsity Stay in the Hunt with Exciting 13 Inning Win over Tam

Jesse Gassman pitched four scoreless innings before leaving after getting hit in the eye by a foul tip off his bat in the top of the 11th.

4/16: The Giants Varsity Baseball Team started their critical MCAL game versus Tamalpais on Tuesday, played nine innings, and needed three more to decide the winner on Saturday. Facing Tam’s ace, the boys scored two runs in the top of the first inning. Matt Birchenough lead off with a hard-hit single to right field. Lucas Roy followed with a single to left field. Genki LeClair was then hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Birchenough and Roy would each score on wild pitches (2-0). Tam, however, would respond with four runs in the bottom half of the inning (2-4).

Jackson Reed tries to turn a double play and the 11th inning ends on offensive interference call.

The Giants cut the lead in the top of the third inning with a Ben Cohen homerun over the left field fence. Tam, however, would add to their lead in the bottom of the fourth and fifth with three more runs (3-7).

In the top of the sixth inning, Alex Hagen lead off with a single to right field. Jarod Robinow followed with a single to right, advancing Hagen. Jake Nordstrom then bunted the runners into scoring position. Lucas Roy came up big with a double to left center field, scoring Hagen and Robinow (5-7). In what ordinarily would have been a game losing dagger, Tam plated three runs in the bottom half of the sixth, leaving the Giants with a five-run deficit to overcome in the seventh – no problem.

Ben Cohen lead off with a line drive single to right field. Jarod Robinow hit a hard ground ball to Short and safely reached base on the error, advancing Cohen to third. Jake Nordstrom would get walked, loading the bases with one out. Matt Birchenough then put the ball in play, leading to a fielder’s choice, forcing Nordstrom out at second base and scoring Cohen – (6-10) with two outs. Lucas Roy then drove the ball to deep left center field, scoring Robinow and Birchenough (8-10). Genki LeClair kept the line moving with a single to left field, advancing Roy to third base. Jackson Barry brought the house down with a double to right field, scoring both Roy and LeClair and tying the game at ten apiece. Jesse Gassman would enter the game in the bottom of the seventh and bravely throw the 7th, 8th and 9th, keeping the Hawks scoreless. The game would eventually be called due to darkness. 10 to 10 after nine innings.

Lucas Roy relieves Gassman and pitches 3 scoreless innings to get the victory.

On Saturday morning a large crowd gathered at 10 a.m. to watch the conclusion of the exciting match. Tam would once again get their ace on the hill and Redwood would continue to rely on Jesse Gassman. Jesse would strike out two and force a pop up to keep the Giants hopes alive. Unfortunately, Gassman would foul a pitch off his bat into his face in the top of the eleventh, suffering a fracture and game ending injury. Redwood would turn a controversial double play in the bottom half and get out of the inning.

Lucas Roy was handed the ball in the 12th and carried the Giants the remainder of the game. In the bottom of the 13th inning, the Man of the Match, Lucas Roy, singled down the third base line. Genki LeClair hit one to right field, advancing Roy to second base. Jackson Barry then got hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Jack Morken. After a missed squeeze play attempt, Roy was called out. With two outs, Morken put the ball in play to short and reached first base safely on the throwing error by Tam, scoring LeClair.

Jack Morken drives in the go ahead run in the top of the 13th with runners on 2nd and 3rd and 2 outs on a hard hit ball that gets through the drawn in infield.

The Giants kept everyone’s hearts pounding by allowing Tam to load the bases in the bottom half of the 13th, but the final out was secured by shortstop, Jackson Reed, after tracking down a shallow popfly to left. Final Score: 11 to 10, after 13 innings of play.

The Giants resume play on Tuesday April 23rd against Drake at Moody Field. First Pitch – 4:30 pm

Varsity Giants Blank Novato on Senior Day

4/18: The Giants sprayed nine hits between nine different players, scoring six runs, to shutout Novato High School at Moody field on Senior Day. Nine seniors were recognized with their parents before the Giants put up six runs with nine hits, blanking the Hornets 6-0.

Senior, Kyle Felder, started for Redwood and would throw five innings of shutout baseball, striking out one while conceding only four hits. In the bottom of the second inning, Jackson Barry lead off with a walk. Jack Morken got hit by a pitch, setting up Ben Cohen, who doubled to center field, scoring Barry and advancing Morken to third base. Shortstop, Jackson Reed, then singled to center field, scoring Morken and advancing Cohen to third base. Ben would go on to score on a wild pitch (3-0).

In the third inning, Lucas Roy lead off with a bunt down the third base line. Roy would steal second and take third on a wild pitch. Jackson Barry then drove the ball to deep center, allowing Roy to score after tagging up. Jack Morken then hit a double to left field. Alex Hagen followed with a single toward the shortstop, leaving runners at first and third but the Giants were unable to blow the game wide open (4-0).

The Giants were able to plate two more runs in the sixth inning. Drake Goodman singled to right field. Sam Warren then hit a high chopper to the third baseman, advancing Goodman to second base. Catcher, Jake Nordstrom, safely bunted down the third base line, scoring Goodman after an ill-advised over-throw to first base by the Novato pitcher. Haiden Jones then singled to center field, scoring Warren. Nick Welch returned to the hill after being sidelined with injury to make quick work of the visitors and securing the shutout. Final score: 6-0

The Giants resume MCAL play on Saturday, April 20th, when they continue play in the top of the 10th inning against Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley. That game was halted due to darkness with the score tied at 10 -10.  First pitch – 10 a.m

Hits at a Premium in Varsity Loss to Monte Vista

4/13: The Giants tangled with their non-league opponent at Moody Field on Saturday, falling to the Mustangs, 4-2. Matt Smalbach got the start for Redwood, throwing four innings and striking out four. Smalbach wrestled with his command in the first inning, hitting two batters and walking one, but settled down thereafter. Even with the free bases, the Giants only allowed one run in the top of the first. In response, in the bottom half of the first, Genki LeClair got on base after being walked. Batting in the cleanup position, first baseman, Jack Morken, connected with a 2 – 1 curve ball, sending it over the left field fence to take the lead 2-1.

In what turned out to be “one of those days,” however, the Giants could not find an open space the rest of the day. The boys would hit the ball hard all afternoon, but always in to the glove of their east bay opponent. Defensively, the Giants committed no errors and played hard in the field. Monte Vista tallied nine hits on the day, scoring two in the second and one in the sixth – all earned.

Lucas Roy pitched three innings, striking out one. The game got a bit sporty in the top of the seventh after center fielder, Jarod Robinow, caught a line drive on the run and threw the ball to catcher, Jake Gassman, who caught the ball in front of Homeplate, securing the double play but getting run over and bloodied by the Monte Vista runner tagging up at third. Gassman would be ok and the runner would get tossed. For Redwood, Nick Welch hit a double in the fifth and Jake Gassman singled in the third. The Giant’s only offense came in the first, off the Morken two-run homer.

The Giants resume MCAL play on Tuesday, April 16th, when they take on Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley. First pitch – 4:30 p.m.

Giants Roll over Branson on Kyle Felder’s Complete Game Victory

4/5: On another misty afternoon, starting pitcher, Kyle Felder, needed only 71 pitches to throw a complete game victory over The Branson School. Felder, a senior, allowed only five hits through seven innings, striking out five Branson batters along the way. The Giants played error-free baseball on their way to a 12-hit day. It goes without saying, when the Giants commit no errors, they usually win.

Playing as the visiting side on their home field, Redwood scored first in the top of the second inning. Ben Cohen doubled to start things off for the Giants. Genki LeClair, who has a batting average of .426, followed with a hard-hit double to deep right field, scoring Cohen. First baseman, Jack Morken, was hit by a pitch before, left fielder, Sam Warren, bunted LeClair and Morken safely to scoring position. Jackson Reed then put the ball in play, forcing the Branson ace to make a difficult play toward first base, over-throwing the first baseman, which allowed both LeClair and Morken to score. Branson, however, picked up a run in the bottom half of the second inning to keep it interesting, 3-1, Redwood.

In the fourth, catcher, Jake Nordstrom, was hit by a pitch. Jackson Reed singled up the middle, advancing Nordstrom to second base. Junior Matt Birchenough, then laid down a bunt, advancing the runners into scoring position. Third baseman, Jackson Barry, would bust the game open with a deep line drive over the center fielder’s head, scoring Reed and Nordstrom (5-1).

Redwood picked up another run in the fifth. Jack Morken connected with an ill-advised fastball, sending the ball up the middle of the Branson defense. Morken immediately stole second base. Sam Warren then singled to left field, scoring Morken (6-1).

In the seventh inning, Cohen singled through the second base gap. Genki LeClair then singled up the middle, advancing Cohen to second base. Jack Morken then hit a low curveball down the third base line, scoring Cohen and LeClair (8-1). Defensively, head coach, Mike Firenzi, played Zack Gordon at shortstop, who ended the game with a diving grab to his left, tossed the ball to Mathew Smalbach, who completed the double play to Haiden Jones. Final Score: 8 to 1.

The Giants resume MCAL play on Wednesday, April 10th, when they take on San Marin High School in Novato. First pitch – 4:30 p.m.

Varsity Hand MC First Loss of Season in Nail Biter

4/2: The Giants beat Marin Catholic 3-2 on a wet night at Moody field. After conceding a first inning solo home run, the Giants dug their heels in and played seven innings of exciting baseball with rival Marin Catholic.

Ben Cohen is mobbed by teammates

Down one run, the Giants immediately responded in the bottom of the first. Genki LeClair got the offense started with a single to right field. Starting pitcher, Ben Cohen, then smoked a hard grounder under the second baseman’s glove and by the right fielder, scoring LeClair. Capitalizing on the successive fielding errors, Cohen raced around the bases and slid safely into home, giving the Giants a 2-1 lead.

In the second inning, the Wildcats had men at first and second with nobody out. Cohen then picked off the lead runner at second and catcher, Jake Nordstrom, threw out the runner attempting to steal second. Cohen would induce a ground ball to end the threat.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Sam Warren singled to left field. First baseman, Jack Morken, then collected his second hard base hit of the day, advancing Warren to second base.

#3 Sam Warren scores on #4 Jake Nordstrom’s single in the bottom of the 3rd to take a 3-1 lead over Marin Catholic.

Catcher, Jake Nordstrom, ended the Wildcats’ starting pitcher’s day with a line drive to right field, scoring Warren and advancing Morken to third base..

Robbie Wilson pitches 3-2/3innings, striking out six and giving up no earned runs.

Robbie Wilson entered the game in relief of Cohen and pitched three plus gutsy innings. Wilson would strikeout six batters throughout the heart of the MC order, often during critical moments of the game. The game almost got away from the Giants in the top of the seventh after two errors allowed one run to score and the tying run at third base. Wilson then struck out the clean up batter for out number two. The game ended on a spectacular play by right fielder Ben Cohen, who tracked down a foul ball along the right field fence to catch the third and final out of the contest.  Tamalpias and MC are now tied for first with a 7-1 record and Drake and the Giants are tied for third with a 5-3 record.  San Marin stands alone in fifth with a 4-4 record, setting the stage for a five team battle for four spots to make the playoffs.  Head Coach Mike Firenzi has his sights set on winning the league not just making the conference playoffs.  “This is a big win for us.  We drop this one, and we are fighting just to make the playoffs.  Now, we are just two away from first place with more than half of the season left.  We are back in the hunt.” Firenzi said after the game.   

 

The Giants resume MCAL play on Friday, April 5th, when they take on Branson High School at the new stadium at College of Marin. First pitch – 4:30 p.m.

Varsity Bats Red Hot with Wins over San Rafael and Montgomery

3/31: The Giants players combined to hit the ball 34 times, scoring 25 runs in their back to back games on Friday and Saturday. On Friday night, the Giants were silent at the plate until the third inning, when they exploded for seven runs. Sam Warren led the inning off with a line drive single to center field.

Rabinow drops a beauty

The Giant’s then went into “small-ball” mode, with bunts by Jake Nordstrom and Jared Robinow to eventually score Warren. Jackson Barry would get walked to load the bases for Ben Cohen, who stayed hot with a single toward second base, scoring Nordstrom. Genki LeClair joined the bunt brigade, successfully landing on first base and scoring Robinow. Alex Hagen put the ball in play, scoring courtesy runner Drake Goodman after a Bull Dog error. Matt Birchenough hit a line drive to center field, scoring Cohen and LeClair. Sam Warren laid down a sacrifice bunt toward the first baseman, scoring Alex Hagen to finish the seven-run third.

Morken with another blast

The Giants would add a run in the fourth after Jack Morken hit a line drive over the left fielder’s head, landing on second base. Jared Robinow hit a grounder to the right side of the field to easily advance Morken. Jackson Barry then drove the ball to the right fielder, allowing Morken to tag up and score (8-1). The Giants added a run in the sixth after Ben Cohen hit the ball to deep left-center field, landing on third. Cohen would go on to score after Mathew Smalbach put the ball in play (9-1).

Wilson exhibits his perfect form

Robbie Wilson returned to form, pitching six strong innings of one hit, one run baseball, striking out two. Final Score: 9-1The Giants travelled to Santa Rosa Saturday morning to face Montgomery High School. The game was no contest from the start, as the Giants plated eight runs in the top of the first inning. As the RBI’s piled up, the Giants had 22 hits on the day, with Goodman, Warren, Morken, Cohen, Robinow, and Smalbach each giving a two-hit performance. Genki LeClair had three hits on the day and Jackson Barry led the team to a 16 to 0 victory with four hits. Kyle Felder pitched four shutout innings, striking out three. Matt Smalbach and Haiden Jones pitched in relief of Felder to secure the shutout. Final score: 16-0

Hagen tracks it down

The Varsity Giants next face their cross-creek rival, Marin Catholic, in a critical MCAL matchup on Tuesday April 2nd at Moody field. First pitch – 4:30 p.m.

Varsity Drop Back and Forth Contest to Petaluma

3/21: The Giants can play with the best and will be contenders going forward. Despite a loss to MCAL rival Drake on Tuesday, Redwood’s varsity baseball team showed up ready to play against Petaluma high school Thursday night at Moody field. Head Coach Mike Firenzi shuffled his batting order and started left hand pitcher, Lucas Roy, for the first time this season. Roy sat down the Trojans in order to start the game. In the bottom half, batting in the leadoff spot, Jack Morken ripped a hard ground ball up the middle to start things off for the upbeat Giants. Roy would follow with the first of his three hits on the day, advancing Morken to third. Jackson Barry laid down a bunt to score Morken (1-0).

The Giants led off the bottom of the third inning with a single by Lucas Roy. Jackson Barry then put the ball in play and successfully reached base after an error by the Petaluma third baseman, advancing Roy to second base. Matt Birchenough entered the game to run for Barry. Second baseman, Genki LeClair, drove the ball to left field, scoring Roy (2-0). The Giants kept Petaluma off the scoreboard through four innings of play. In the fifth, the giants committed their first error in the field and threw a wild pitch, allowing Petaluma to score their first run. The Trojans scored two in the sixth to temporarily take the lead (2-3).

In the bottom of the sixth, with two outs, Jesse Gassman singled to left field. Jake Nordstrom followed with a single to left, advancing Gassman. Jared Robinow had a gutsy at bat and drove a two-strike ball to center field, scoring Gassman to tie the game 3-3. Unfortunately, the Giants could not keep Petaluma off the scoreboard in the seventh and conceded one run. Redwood would put the tying run on base but could not plate the runner. Final Score: 3-4.

Redwood out hit Petaluma 9 to 8, but costly errors proved to be the one run difference. When all the pieces come together for seven innings, the Giants should resume their winning ways next week when they go on the road against Terra Linda (Tuesday 3/26 @4:30 p.m.) and San Rafael (Friday 3/29 @ 6:30 p.m.) under the lights at Albert Field.

Varsity Handles Novato 10 to 1

3/15: The Giants visited Novato High School Friday evening and won handedly – 10 to 1.

Felder fires a fastball for a strike

Senior, Kyle Felder, started for the Giants and threw four innings of two hit baseball, striking out three. Offensively, Redwood wasted no time and scored three runs in the top of the first inning. Second baseman, Genki LeClair, induced a walk to start the game. He would go on to steal second base before center fielder, Lucas Roy, would put the ball in play to the Hornet second baseman, easily scoring LeClair. Roy stole second and would be advanced to third base by a ground ball hit by Jackson Barry. Nick Welch was walked and would take second base after another Hornet error, scoring Roy (2-0). Alex Hagen singled up the middle, scoring Welch (3-0).

Hagen ropes a single as his teammates look on

Redwood would concede one run in the bottom of the second, then run away with the contest. The Giants scored runs in the third and fourth innings, two in the fifth, and three in the sixth to conclude their ten-hit performance. Head coach, Mike Firenzi, played most of his players, giving the entire squad game time experience. The Giants improved their defensive performance, committing only one error.

Giants pitching was once again sound, conceding only two hits, five walks and a run between Kyle Felder, Ben Cohen, and Jackson Bender. On offense, Jesse Gassman and Jack Morken led the Giants with two hits each, with Morken hitting his third triple in two games.

Morken strokes his third triple in two games

Haiden Jones drove in one run in the fifth inning after a six-pitch battle. Zack Gordon started at shortstop and played error free ball, making several clean plays for outs while getting a hit and scoring two runs. Sam Warren accounted for the final giant hit with a double in the bottom of the fourth.

The Varsity Giants play next at Drake High School on Tuesday March 19th. Nick Welch is scheduled to start. First pitch – 4:30 p.m.