Giants Fall to MC

5/18:  The Giants fell to the Marin Catholic Wildcats in the second round of the MCAL playoffs tonight at Albert Park.  Marin Catholic moves on the face round-robin champion Drake on Friday night.  The Giants will wait until the completion of the NCS seeding meeting to see if their season will continue or end with this bitter loss.

Blake Cusick took the mound for the Giants and held the Wildcats scoreless through three innings but after a base hit and a walk, he was relieved by Michael Benz.  Benz induced a pop-out to Nicolas Belgum to record the first out of the inning.  Marin Catholic advanced both runners into scoring position on a passed ball.  With the infield drawn in, MC’s pinch-hitter roped a hard grounder to the right side that got through scoring the runner from third.  Another run scored on the same play when the batter attempted to advance to second and the relay man sent the ball into centerfield, putting the Wildcats up 2-0.  Benz struck out the next batter and the inning ended on a fly out to Belgum.

MC starting pitcher, Jack Harris, and Benz would both face the minimum batters for the next three innings with Harris striking out a total of seven while giving up just four hits in his complete game shut-out of the Giants.

Dane Goodman and Trevor Foehr had hits for Redwood and Anthony Pomilia accounted for half of the Giants hits, banging out two hits under the lights.   Marin Catholic recorded five hits and had no errors, Redwood had two errors.

“We got beat tonight but the season but I don’t think the season is over”, Head Coach Mike Firenzi said after the game.  “We’ll see what the NCS Seeding Committee says, we beat Drake twice and beat Monte Vista, we should get a seed and play next week.”

Giants Roll into Second Round of MCAL Championship

5/16:  The Redwood Giants punched their ticket into the second round of the MCAL playoffs by beating the San Rafael Bulldogs 5-1 at Moody Field today.  Redwood donned their home white uniforms with red sleeves and hats, a look that Head Coach Mike Firenzi has reserved only for the post season.  Ironically, it is the same look that the 1977 team sported for their home games during their run to the mythical National Championship forty years ago.

Sophomore Kyle Felder got the start and held the Bulldogs scoreless through four innings, giving up just three hits while striking out three and walking none.  Trevor Foehr pitched two innings, giving up an earned run on two hits and a strike out.  Zack Tonnerre pitched the final inning, sending the Bulldogs down in order to secure the victory for the Giants.

After eight pitches in the bottom of the first inning, Dane Goodman and Josh Cohen both reached base on back-to-back walks.  Nicolas Belgum sent them both into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt.  Anthony Pomilia was intentionally walked to load the bases and face Aubrey Sine with one out.  Sine blazed an 0-2 fastball into the hole between short and third for a single to put the Giants up 1-0, answering the intentional walk with his bat.

After a quiet second inning and top of the third, Josh Cohen led off the bottom of the inning with a drag bunt single and stole second.  Nicolas Belgum dropped another bunt down the third baseline for a hit, advancing Cohen to third.  Belgum stole second and after a strike out, Aubrey Sine plated Cohen for his second RBI of the game on a ground out to short to put the Giants up 2-0 after three innings.

Felder’s first pitch of the top of the fourth was sent high into the sky towards the middle of the diamond.  Michael Benz called off his pitcher and caught the fly in at the mound.  Felder then sent down the next two batters he faced on strike-outs, closing out his day with fifty pitches and setting himself up for the win, while making him eligible to pitch on Friday.  Sophomore Jack Morken singled to lead off the bottom of the inning and was lifted for the speedy Drew Jacks.  After a strike out, Michael Benz walked after fouling off a 3-2 pitch and was lifted for Riley Marsh.  Marsh drew a pick-off attempt at first and the ball sailed over the first baseman’s head, plating Jacks from second and sending Marsh to third.  Dane Goodman sent Marsh home on a grounder to short, putting the Giants up 4-0.  Josh Cohen then wore a 2-1 curveball and stole second.  With two outs, Nicolas Belgum reached on an error, scoring Cohen on the errant throw to put the Giants up 5-0 going into the top of the fifth.

Trevor Foehr came in and gave up a run to the Bulldogs in the fifth, but shut them down in the top of the sixth.  Mackie Skall doubled to lead off the bottom of the sixth and was lifted for Genki LeClair.  LeClair would be left standing on third with Cohen on first (after he walked) after Nicolas Belgum tested the Bulldogs centerfielder on a bomb that was caught over his shoulder in a full sprint as he was approaching the wall.

Zack Tonnerre closed out the game by striking out the side in the top of the seventh.  The Giants fans cheered as their team hustled off of the field and filed into the post-game handshake line at home plate.  There was no on-field celebration as this group of young men appears to be on a mission with today’s win getting them one step closer to their penultimate goal of winning their third MCAL Championship a feat they will have to accomplish ‘the hard way’ by sweeping the play-offs from the play-in game.

Kyle Felder earned his first Varsity win.  Dane Goodman scored and knocked in a run.  Josh Cohen had a hit and scored twice for the Giants.  Nicolas Belgum, Jack Morken and Mackie Skall also had hits with Aubrey Sine adding a hit and two RBI’s to the fray.

Redwood will square off with Marin Catholic on Thursday night at 7pm at Albert Park with hopes of redeeming theirselves after their tough home loss to the Wildcats on  May 5.  The Wildcats are riding a six game winning streak, posting twelve-plus hits in each of their wins during this run.

On the other side of the draw, San Marin upset Tam today and will face Drake on Wednesday with the winner set to battle the victor of the Redwood-MC game for the championship.  The Championship is set for Friday night.

Varsity Regular Season Ends On High Note

5/11:  The Varsity Giants closed out their regular season schedule with a win today and are on a two-game winning streak.  Redwood needed the win to secure third place in the MCAL and did so in commanding fashion, beating Branson at College of Marin 6-3.

Blake Cusick earned his third win of the year and dropped his MCAL ERA to .78 which ranks third among pitchers in the MCAL, after giving up just one earned run in six innings.  Cusick gave up just five hits, struck out five and only walked one.  Sophomore Kyle Felder closed out the game, pitching a scoreless seventh inning.  Felder was the workhorse on the JV League Champion team, and led the team with twelve appearances while boasting a .70 ERA.  Remarkably, in forty-nine innings of work, Felder struck out fifty-seven and walked just five.

The Giants still managed to commit a couple of errors in the field and both of the miscues resulted in runs for the Bulldogs.  The Giants offense would do enough to compensate for the blunders, scoring two runs in the second, adding another in the third and fifth innings and posted two more in the sixth for the six run total.

Anthony Pomilia, Gregory Block, and Josh Katz had hits for the Giants with Luke Zlatunich, and Josh Cohen each had two hits.  Jack Morkin, another Sophomore call-up added two hits himself to the Giants total.  In his first Varsity at-bat, Morkin smoked a grounder to right, for his first hit of his Varsity career and scored later in the inning.  Jack hit .350 for the Junior Varsity Giants, with four doubles and four triples.  Morkin singled up the middle in his second at-bat, knocking in Luke Zlatunich for his first Varsity RBI.  Pomilia and Block also had RBI’s with Josh Katz knocking in two runs for the Giants.

The Giants will need to win three straight in order to win their third MCAL Championship in a row.  The journey begins on Tuesday when they will host the San Rafael Bulldogs at Moody Field at 4:30.  The Bulldogs handed the Giants a tough loss under the lights in a game that was won in the bottom of the seventh on a walk-off error.

A Giants loss would end their consecutive MCAL Championship streak and the Giants will fight for a bid into the NCS Tournament.  If the Giants win, they will play in a rematch battle with Marin Catholic under the lights at Albert Park on Thursday.  Marin Catholic earned the #2 seed and the first round bye.  Tam hosts San Marin on the other side of the draw on Tuesday with the winner facing the #1 seed, Drake, on Wednesday.  The recently installed pitch count limits will be a huge factor for every team who has earned a bid into the MCAL Championship Playoffs.

Giants Win in Nine Inning Battle Against Drake

5/09:  After losing two of their three games last week and plummeting to fourth place, the Giants were victorious today against the 2017 Round-Robin MCAL Champion-Drake Pirates.  After a rain-shortened victory earlier in the year, many felt that a true victor wasn’t decided in their first match-up as the game ended in the top of the seventh with the bases juiced for Drake, with no outs and the Pirates down by a run.  Today, chances of rain were 0%, with the sun shining and barely a breeze blew while the crowd was entertained by a cleverly engineered playlist, before the first pitch and between innings, that included just about every ‘rain’ song ever recorded from “Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head” to “Purple Rain”.

Today Drake and Redwood would more than make up for the lost inning from the game before, as it took nine innings to determine a winner.  Michael Benz earned the win, throwing 101 pitches in eight innings of work, giving up a run while walking none and striking out five.  “It was a phenomenally well-pitched game when we needed it”‘ Head Coach Mike Firenzi said after the game.

Despite committing two errors in the field, the Giants defense came through, making plays when they needed to, and making big plays when they had to.  Benz’s second pitch of his outing resulted in a line drive down the third base line.  Luke Zlatunich leaped and snagged the liner for the first out of the inning.  Benz also kept Anthony Pomilia busy at short, as Pomilia had seven chances resulting in six assists in the field.  Benz, himself, made a diving play on a fisted slow roller that was hit to ‘no-man’s-land’ to his right, he bounced up and fired a strike to Nicolas Belgum at first for an out.  Josh Cohen made the ‘Play of the Day’ in left field on a rope down the line.  Cohen, in a full sprint, dove and snatched a certain triple for an out.

Genki LeClair walked to start the game and set the table for the Giants.  After a quick double-play, Nicolas Belgum was hit by a 2-1 curveball and advanced to second on a passed ball.  Anthony Pomilia plated Belgum on a single to right putting the Giants up 1-0, a lead they would hold until the third inning.  Drake scored on a shallow sacrifice fly to right.  Drake aggressively tagged from third and the throw beat the runner by ten steps but short-hopped catcher Mackie Skall and they knotted the game after the ball bounded off of his chest.

Drake starter Owen Hamilton was relieved by Nick Roth in the third.  With the score 1-1, Roth and Benz battled for the next six innings, working out of some tough spots, with Roth tallying strike outs by offsetting his plus fastball with nasty curveballs, a pitch he threw confidently throughout the game and on 3-2 counts.  Roth ended the game with eight strike outs.

In the top of the ninth, Redwood dampened the Pirates chances of winning as the Giants scored two runs against the current reigning MCAL Champions.  Gregory Block lead off the inning with a single up the middle.  Mackie Skall advanced Block and reached base on a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher that was thrown away.  Josh Cohen was intentionally walked to load the bases and put the force at the plate in order.  After a strike-out, Trevor Foehr sent Block home earning the game-winning RBI by wearing a 1-1 fastball, putting the Giants up 2-1 with one out.  Anthony Pomilia took an outside fastball for ball four, plating Cohen, giving the Giants an insurance run.

With the Giants up 3-1, Trevor Foehr came in and closed out the game while keeping the tradition alive of working his shortstop as Pomilia was responsible for two of the outs in the inning, including the final out of the game.

The Giants out-hit Drake, tallying eleven hits to Drake’s six.  Genki LeClair, Trevor Foehr, Nicolas Belgum and Gregory Block all had hits, with Aubrey Sine adding a double and Mackie Skall banging two doubles for Redwood.  Anthony Pomilia had three hits and was responsible for plating two runs, tallying two RBI’s.  Again, Benz earned the win with Foehr earning the save.

The Giants close out the regular season on the road at College of Marin against Branson on Thursday.  With a 5-12 record Branson will be playing the spoiler role as they are out of the MCAL playoffs but could send the Giants into a tie with San Marin.

The playoff seeding will not be settled until after games are concluded on Thursday.  Drake has earned the #1 seed, but the #2 will be determined as MC squares off against Tam with both teams sharing a 12-5 record.  If Redwood wins, they will share a tie with MC or Tam and the MCAL tie-breaker will determine the #3 seed.  The following determines the #3 seed according to the MCAL Tie-Break rules:  For all spots except for the last spot: 1. Head to head competition (Winning percentage) 2. Record above the tie (Winning percentage) 3. If a tie still exists between any two places. …use numbers drawn for place*

Odds are that the record above the tie will determine the #3 seed and considering Redwood is 2-0 against Drake and split (1-1) with MC and Tam, a .750 winning percentage will be hard to beat.  But no matter, they will need to win three games next week to win their third MCAL Championship in a row.

Varsity Giants Drop to Fourth Place After Home Loss to Marin Catholic

5/05:  After a their twenty-hit, seventeen-run commanding victory over Justin-Siena, the Varsity Giants lost their final home game of the regular season to Marin Catholic on Senior Day at Moody Field.  In their last six meetings the Giants were undefeated against their cross-town rival, until today.  With their victory over the Giants, Marin Catholic moved into third place with a 10-5 record, and dropped Redwood into fourth place, sending the Giants into a tie with San Marin with a 10-6 record.  Drake also took home a victory, clinching the MCAL round-robin title, squandering the hopes of a three-peat MCAL round-robin Championship for the Giants.  Redwood will need to win the MCAL playoffs in order to win their third pennant in a row.  “It was a disappointing way to close out the year at our yard, but we still have two on the road next week and a shot at the MCAL Title”, Firenzi said after the game.

Zack Tonnerre took the loss, after giving up a run in the second and was pulled after giving up two runs on a Giants error with no outs in the third.  Michael Benz would come in with the bases loaded and after a single and another Giants error, all three that were on base would score.  Another run would cross the plate, taking the game to the bottom of the third with the Giants down 6-0.  With one out, Trevor Foehr and Nicolas Belgum banged out back-to-back hits, but the inning ended after a pop-out and a fly-out.

MC added on, scoring after another Giants error.  The Giants would again commit three errors in the field.  With the score 7-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Aubrey Sine led off the inning with a double to left, lifting the hopes of the Giants faithful that they could cut into the lead, but the Giants went down in order, forcing the Wildcats defense to make plays.  The Giants would leave twelve runners on base.

Benz sent the ‘Cats down in order in the top of the fifth but gave up a run in the sixth after yielding three consecutive hits, taking the game to the bottom of the sixth with the Giants down 8-0.  Gregory Block worked a walk on eight pitches, and Jackson Barry reached base on a dropped fly ball to right.  Genki LeClair would send Block and Barry home after another Wildcat error, but the inning ended despite another hit by Trevor Foehr.  Foehr would end the day with three hits in the Giants losing effort.

Foehr came in to pitch the seventh inning and shut the Wildcats down, taking the game to the bottom of the seventh with the Giants down by six runs, 8-2.  Anthony Pomilia led off the inning and smoked a ball to center that was dropped, landing him on first.  Luke Zlatunich and Aubrey Sine walked, loading the bases with no outs.  A strike-out would follow and Jackson Barry would send Pomilia home on a sacrifice fly.  With two outs and the score 8-3, the game ended on a ground out to the cheers of the MC fans as the Wildcat players celebrated on Moody Field.

Genki LeClair, Aubrey Sine and Jackson Barry had hits for the Giants, with Nicolas Belgum collecting two hits and Trevor Foehr adding three to the Giants total.  Tonnerre and Foehr had two strike-outs on the mound, with Benz adding three.

The Giants will settle the score on the road with Drake at 4:30 on Tuesday, after their first game was ended in a rain-shortened 1-0 victory, a date that Drake has had circled on their calendar since that day.  Redwood is currently ranked #7 in the NCS DII Division while Drake is ranked #2.

Redwood has an outside chance of earning the #2 seed (which comes with a first round bye) in the MCAL play-offs.  If Redwood wins their next two games and Tam loses to San Marin and Marin Catholic,  San Marin would then need to lose their game to Justin-Siena and Marin Catholic would need to lose one of their next two games against Novato.  Simply put, Tam needs to lose their next two games, San Marin needs to lose one, and Marin Catholic needs to lose two while the Giants sweep.

Seedings will all be determined this week and game results on Tuesday will make the muddy play-off picture a bit clearer, but no matter, the Giants need a win at Drake on Tuesday.

Varsity Breaks Out With 20 Hits in Shut Out of Justin-Siena

5/4:  The Giants broke out of their three-game slump in a commanding way with a 17-0 victory over Justin-Siena today at Moody Field. Josh Cohen, Blake Cusick and Noah Arrick combined for the shut out on the mound for the Giants, with Cusick earning the win, pitching 5 2/3 innings while giving up just four hits, striking out five and walking none.  Noah Arrick closed out the seventh, sealing the victory for Redwood.

The Giants scored a run in the first, two in the second, and blew the game open with nine runs in the third.  Redwood would score two more in the fourth and drop another crooked number, scoring three in the fifth.  Despite getting two runners on, the sixth inning would be the only inning the Giants wouldn’t score.    In the six innings of offense, Redwood would amass twenty hits, score seventeen runs and strike out only two times.  Redwood’s defense stepped up, committing just one error in the field.  “We needed this today” Head Coach Mike Firenzi said after the game, “We were good on the mound, Cusick came out and did a hell of a job.  The bottom line is that we haven’t been playing up to our potential, hopefully today is a sign of things to come.”  Blake Cusick earned his second win of the year and has given up just one earned run in his last ten and a third innings of work.

Luke Zlatunich had one hit on the board, but reached base two other

times on hard hit balls that could have been scored as hits, and scored two Giants runs.  Riley Marsh also had a hit, breaking out on a base hit up the middle.  Mackie Skall also had a single while adding another RBI on a sacrifice fly.  Skall completed his 1-1-1-1 day by scoring.  Gregory Block came in to relieve Skall behind the plate, but it was at the plate that Block made the difference with a single and a double, scoring twice while knocking in a run.  Drew Jacks got the start in the outfield and banged out two hits, scoring twice, while knocking in three runs.   Genki LeClair and Trevor Foehr both had two hits each with Foehr scoring twice while knocking in two runs.  Nicolas Belgum, Anthony Pomilia and Aubrey Sine combined for nine hits, each collecting three.  Sine knocked in one, Belgum two, with Pomilia plating three.  Aubrey Sine has five hits in the last two games.

The Giants are now tied for second place (10-5) with Tam and will host their cross-town rival, Marin Catholic, on Friday at 4:30 at Moody Field.  Marin Catholic has a 9-5 record and will likely start their ace, Jack Harris on the mound.  Ironically, Harris is a 2016 transfer to MC from Tam.  Oddly, the Wildcats still have a rain-out game to make up with Novato, despite the sunny weather we have had in the last two weeks.  Drake still stands atop the MCAL Conference after their win today, they boast a 13-2 record with three games to play.  With just one more win, Drake will win the round-robin and lock down the #1 seed for the MCAL play-offs.  The Giants turn around and play Drake on Tuesday.  Friday’s MC vs. Redwood game looms large, as the winner will improve their chances of  earning the #2 seed.

Varsity Giants Continue Slide

5/2:  The Giants continued their tailspin, losing on the road in a close battle with the Red-Tailed Hawks.  With injuries and battle fatigue plaguing the Giants roster, Coach Firenzi and his coaching staff are filling holes, trying new ideas and losing sleep trying to find the magic formula that will get them back to their winning ways.  Of their original 22-man roster, nine players have been taken down to injury or illness, causing them to sit out at least a game.  Mononucleosis, a bleeding ulcer, near-concussion, arm injuries (that have spurned MRIs for two separate shoulders and two separate elbows), and a torn up knee-these are just a few of the injuries that have impacted the Varsity squad this year.  Not sure if you noticed, but captain Henry Zeisler (presently ranked #2 in the MCAL with a .423 batting average) hasn’t played since March 21.  Starting pitcher Oliver Pearson (presently ranked #4 in the MCAL with four wins) hasn’t pitched since April 4.  Looking back to their MCAL opener on March 14, only four players who started in the loss against San Marin, started today.

Another void that you won’t see in any stat sheet is that Assistant Coach Joel Russo has departed after the win against Novato.  Russo has been a pillar in Firenzi’s coaching staff, coaching first base while working with the the infield and defensive alignments.  Russo was a stand-out player for Firenzi when he coached at Marin Catholic.  After a professional baseball journey in Italy, he was one of the first to get the call from Firenzi after he was named Head Coach at Redwood.  Russo departed to attend the Firefighters Academy, to follow in the footsteps of his father who was a fireman in San Francisco.  Since Russo’s departure, Redwood has lost their last three games, committing nine errors in the field.

One of the four players who started in the opener against San Marin is Nicolas Belgum.  Belgum is a returning starter and moved to first base from the outfield to fill the void left by Zack Kopstien who graduated and is pitching for MIT this year.  With a pitching staff needing rest, Belgum was called on chew up some innings on the mound as he got the start today.  After the Giants went down in the top of the first, Tam’s lead-off batter launched the second pitch Belgum threw over the left field wall.  After beaning the next batter, catcher Mackie Skall recorded the first out by throwing him out on an attempted steal.  Belgum walked the next two batters but was able to work out of the inning with the Giants down 1-0.

Luke Zlatunich doubled to lead off the second, but the top half of inning ended with the tying run in scoring position.  Tam kept the pressure on, scoring two more runs in the bottom of the frame taking the game to the top of the third with the Giants down 3-0.

Aubrey Sine led off the inning with a single to left.  Mackie Skall followed with a single up the middle and with two runners on, Josh Cohen dropped a drag bunt down the third baseline and beat the throw to load the bases.  Jackson Barry scored Sine from third on a ground-out to the right side, cutting into the Hawks lead.  Nicolas Belgum then helped his own cause by roping a 3-1 fastball to left, plating Skall.  Anthony Pomilia ripped the first pitch he saw up the middle, tying the score 3-3.  The Giants threat was stalled on a 6-4-3 double play.  After a lead-off single, the Giants defense stepped up with a double-play of their own.  Tam attempted a hit-and-run, Trevor Foehr nabbed a sinking liner to right and doubled off the runner at first when he threw a dart to Josh Katz.  Belgum would induce another fly out to Foehr to end the inning with the score tied 3-3.

After having a hand in all three outs in the bottom of the third, Trevor Foehr led off the top of the fourth with a drag bunt single, but was quickly erased on an attempted steal.  Josh Katz then walked and Aubrey Sine collected his second hit of the day, tomahawking a high fastball down the third baseline.  Tam would end the inning on another double-play.  After walking the first batter and giving up a hit to the next, Belgum was lifted for Trevor Foehr, sending Drew Jacks to right as Belgum went back to familiar ground at first.  A fielder’s choice would send in Tam’s fourth run of the game and after a ground-out to Anthony Pomilia, Foehr struck out the next batter to end the inning with Tam leading 4-3.

The Giants went down quietly in the top of the fifth and Tam scored an insurance run in the bottom half on a single, an error and another fielder’s choice taking the game to the top of the sixth with the score 5-3 in favor of the Red-Tailed Hawks.

After the Giants went down 1-2-3, Foehr sent the Hawks down in the bottom of the sixth despite giving up a walk and a hit.

With two outs in the top of the seventh, Dane Goodman walked but the game ended after pinch-hitter Riley Marsh squared up a 2-2 fastball that landed in the glove of the centerfielder.

Again the Giants would out-hit their opponent 8-7, but would tally two errors in the field while Tam had none.  Belgum suffered the loss, giving up four runs while giving up five hits.  Josh Cohen, Nicolas Belgum, Anthony Pomilia, Luke Zlatunich, Mackie Skall and Trevor Foehr all had hits with Aubrey Sine breaking out with two hits of his own.

Firenzi and the coaching staff will go back to the drawing board to find the starting line-up that will get the Giants back to their winning ways as they face Justin-Siena at home on Thursday and turn around to play Marin Catholic at home on Friday.  Both games are at 4:30.  Redwood remains in second place behind Drake, but are in a log-jam as they are tied with several teams.  Optimists say that Redwood will earn the second seed for the MCAL play-offs.  Super-optimists say that Redwood can still win the round robin as with four games left, they are three games behind Drake who they play next Tuesday.  Pessimists say that the Giants won’t make the play-offs, with Branson or Terra Linda somehow winning a tie-breaker.  The next four games will settle the dispute.

Varsity Drops Second in a Row in a Season of ‘Firsts’

4/28:  This has been a ‘Season of Firsts’ for Head Coach Mike Firenzi and the Varsity Giants.  For the first time since taking over the helm at Redwood, his Varsity squad is not sitting atop the MCAL standings in first place, a position they held for two consecutive years.  With a 9-3 MCAL record, the Giants sit in second place alone.  Today, a career first would haunt Firenzi as his team lost to the Terra Linda Trojans, for the first time, this being his 25th year as a head coach in the MCAL.  “I don’t really care about personal records, but I do know that my teams were at least 49-0 against TL until today”, Firenzi said after the game.  “They they hit us hard and deserve credit, they are on a roll.”

Another first, the Giants were outhit by their MCAL opponent for the first time this year.  Terra Linda amassed a total of fifteen hits, the highest total given up by Giants pitching this year.  Redwood answered with nine hits of their own.  Ironically, the Trojans didn’t have a field to practice on Thursday, but the word is that instead of taking the day off or watching their underclassmen play on their field, they went to the batting cages at McGinnis Park and hit Thursday afternoon.  It would seem that the pitching machines have a “Redwood Pitching” setting as nine Trojans contributed to the hit parade, four of which had multiple hits.

Again, in usual fashion, the Giants took an early lead, scoring three runs in the bottom of the second inning.  Luke Zlatunich led off with a walk and stood on second after an errant pick-off attempt.  Aubrey Sine bunted him to third and Michael Connors hit a fly to left, deep enough to score Luke.  With two outs, Trevor Foehr singled setting the table for newcomer Jackson Barry.  Barry was brought up from the JV recently due to injuries to Michael Connors and Pascal Brassey and made his first start today.  Barry roped a 1-2 curveball through the hole between first and second for another first, Jackson Barry’s first at-bat at the Varsity level resulted in a hit.  Josh Katz went in to run for Barry and Dane Goodman belted the third Giant hit in a row, scoring Foehr and Katz, putting the Giants up 3-1 going into the top of the third.

Terra Linda would score three runs in the top of the third and three more in the top of the fifth while holding the Giants scoreless the rest of the game.  Zack Tonnerre pitched two innings, giving up two runs while striking out two.  Michael Benz suffered his second loss in a row, giving up three earned runs while striking out six in three and a third innings.  Blake Cusick pitched the final inning and two thirds, shutting down the potent TL offense, giving up no runs and no hits while striking out three.  The Giants committed three errors in the field.

Dane Goodman, Anthony Pomilia, Luke Zlatunich and Michael Connors had hits for the Giants with Trevor Foehr and Jackson Barry adding two hits each to the team total.  Goodman would also knock in two runs on the day.

The Giants are on the road on Tuesday to face Tam at 4:30.  The Red-Tailed Hawks are in third place with an 8-5 record, the Giants are in second place with a 9-4 record.  In order for the Giants to execute another first (the first time they have come from behind to win the round-robin), they will most likely need to go on a five-game winning streak, starting on Tuesday.

Varsity Giants Lose Under the Lights

4/25:  The Varsity Giants lost a heartbreaker under the lights by way of a seventh inning walk-off sacrifice fly by the San Rafael Bulldogs.  Zack Tonnerre got the start for Redwood and gave up just one earned run in 2 2/3 innings of work, on one hit while striking out two.  Michael Benz came in with two outs in the bottom of the third and would take a tough loss, after giving up just one earned run on four hits, while striking out six.

In usual fashion, the Giants drew first blood on the top of the first inning when Dane Goodman led off the game with seven pitch walk,  Josh Cohen sent Goodman to second on a sacrifice bunt and Nicolas Belgum plated Goodman with a single to left but Belgum was thrown out trying to advance to second.  With two outs, Anthony Pomilia doubled to center, Luke Zlatunich walked and Aubrey Sine wore a 3-2 fastball to load the bases.  Genki LeClair singled to left, scoring Pomilia.  As the left fielder set to throw the ball in, Luke Zlatunich rounded third and headed home.  A perfect throw to the plate nabbed Zlatunich at home, ending the top of the inning with the Giants up 2-0.

Tonnerre walked the first batter he faced in the bottom of the third, but battery-mate Mackie Skall sent the pinch runner back to the dugout on a perfect thrown to Anthony Pomilia who dropped a great tag on an attempted steal,  After a ground-out and another walk, Tonnerre was lifted for Michael Benz.  Benz gave up a single, giving up a run but picked off the runner at second to end the inning with the Giants up  2-1 after three.

The Giants went down in order in the top of the fourth and San Rafael tied the game on two hits and a fielder’s choice taking the game to the top of the fifth, knotted 2-2.

Pascal Brassey led off the top of the fifth with a single and Dane Goodman sent Brassey to third on a single to right.  With the Giants threatening, San Rafael came in with their ace, Angelo Zorn.  Goodman stole second and Josh Cohen watched a 2-2 curveball bounce to the backstop, scoring Brassey and advancing Goodman to third.  Nicolas Belgum walked and with runners on first and third, Anthony Pomilia grounded out and in a bizarre double-play, Dane Goodman was also called out at the plate as the umpire ruled that Pomilia was outside of the baseline, impeding the throw from the first baseman.  San Rafael answered with a run in the bottom of the frame after two Giants errors, taking the game to the top of the six with the score 3-3.

Luke Zlatunich led off the sixth with a bomb to center that bounded to home plate of the softball field and stood on third with no outs.  Two ground outs and a strike out would follow, leaving Zlatunich stranded at third.  Another Giants fielding error put the Bulldogs lead-off batter on first, but Benz sent the next three batters he faced down on strike-outs, taking the game to the top of the seventh tied 3-3.

Pascal Brassey led off the top of the seventh with a double to left but got caught off the bag and Zorn closed out the inning with a strike out and a grounder back to the mound, after Zorn tossed the ball to first for the third out he screamed “Let’s Go!’ as he sprinted back to the dugout.  Benz struck out the lead off batter to face Zorn with one out.  Angelo laced a double down the line.  After an intentional walk to the next batter, both runners stole on a 0-1 pitch, putting them on second and third.  With the count 0-2, a short fly ball was caught for the second out of the inning but on the exchange, the ball was dropped and Zorn crossed the plate to the cheers of the San Rafael crowd.

Dane Goodman, Nicolas Belgum and Genki LeClair each had a hit with Pomilia, Zlatunich and Brassey each tallying two hits each for the Giants.  The Giants out-hit the Bulldogs nine to five, but the Bulldogs were better in the field as they committed just one error to the Giants four.

The Giants are at home on Friday where they will face the Terra Linda Trojans at 4:30.  Terra Linda is riding a three-game winning streak, taking down Branson, Marin Catholic and Novato in their last three games.

Varsity Giants Win Big Over Novato

4/21:  The Varsity Giants put another notch in the win column with a 11-1 victory against the Novato Hornets.  Blake Cusick earned his firs win of the season, pitching 4 2/3 innings, giving up the lone Hornet run in the first inning.

In usual fashion, the Giants came out swinging and scored two runs to start the game, highlighted by a one-out single by Josh Cohen that was followed by two consecutive walks to Nicolas Belgum and Anthony Pomilia to load the bases.  Luke Zlatunich knocked Cohen home on a sacrifice fly to center.  Belgum scored two pitches later on a passed ball and after Novato scored their lone run in the bottom of the inning, the Giants were up 2-1, the closest the game would ever be.

After a quiet second inning, Dane Goodman led off the top of the third with a single to right.  Josh Cohen would bang his second hit of the day, putting runners on first and second with no outs.  Belgum advanced the runners on a deep drive to center.  Anthony Pomilia and Luke Zlatunich belted back-to-back doubles clearing the bases, and Zlatunich would score on a sacrifice fly by Genki LeClair.  Aubrey Sine reached base on a fielders choice and scored after Mackie Skall reached base on an error.  The inning was punctuated with a single by Pascal Brassey but ended on a line drive to center with the Giants up 7-1.  Cusick sent the Hornets down in the bottom of the third, and duplicated the feat in the bottom of the fourth.

Zlatunich led off the top of the fifth with a walk.  After a strike out, Genki LeClair walked putting runners on first and second.  Both would advance on a  wild pitch and advance again on a passed ball.  Mackie Skall then ripped a line drive right at the shortstop, a ball that probably should have been caught but was hit so hard it bounded off of his glove and was scored as an error, scoring LeClair, putting the Giants up 9-1.  Brassey and Goodman would follow with back-to-back singles, scoring Riley Marsh who relieved Skall as a pinch runner.  Brassey scored on an unfortunate balk and the half inning would end with the Giants up 11-1.  After getting two quick outs in the bottom of the inning, Cusick gave up a walk and was lifted for Trevor Foehr.  Foehr gave up a single but ended the inning with a strike out.

The Giants didn’t threaten in the top of the sixth and Foehr faced just four batters in the bottom of the inning, sending the game to the top of the seventh with the Giants up 11-1.

Gregory Block led off the top of the seventh with a hard ground out to first and Josh Katz smoked the first pitch he saw to left for a single.  Andreas Gleckman sent Katz to second on a hard hit grounder to second and the Giants threat ended when Drew Jack roped a ground out to short.

Michael Benz came in to close out the game and stuck out all three batters he faced, needing just thirteen pitches to end the game.

Anthony Pomilia, Luke Zlatunich, and Josh Katz had hits, with Dane Goodman, Josh Cohen, and Pascal Brassey adding two hits each to the Giants nine-hit assault.

The Giants are on the road on Tuesday night, under the lights at Albert Park against San Rafael.  San Rafael is riding a three game winning streak and is fighting for a play-off spot with a 5-5 MCAL conference record.

San Marin Win Again Over Varsity Giants 3-1

4/20:  The Giants came into the game ranked by the San Francisco Chronicle as the tenth best High School Baseball team in the Bay Area, and moved their National Ranking to 1,328.  Redwood suffered a black eye when San Marin beat them in the MCAL opener.  Since that time, Redwood has won all eight of their contests while San Marin has won just three more games and ranks 5,139 in the Nation.

In usual fashion, the Giants threatened early as Dane Goodman led off the game with a single, but in unusual fashion, the Giants would be sent out to their positions in the field without scoring a run in the first inning.

Redwood starting pitcher Zack Tonnerre held San Marin to just three hits.  San Marin starter Jason Franks also held the Giants to three hits.  Both pitchers yielded just one earned run between them, but it would be a costly Giants fielding error would send two Mustangs across the plate in the bottom of the second inning, putting them up 3-0.  The Giants would end up committing three errors on the day.

Genki LeClair reached on an error to lead off the top of the third inning for Redwood and would advance to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mackie Skall.  Skall would end the day with three plate appearances without an at-bat, as he dropped two prefect sacrifice bunts and walked his last time up.  Pascal Brassey sent LeClair to third on a ground out to the right side of the infield.  Dane Goodman sent LeClair home on a grounder that was misplayed by the shortstop.  After two and a half innings, both teams had committed two errors apiece, and Redwood’s lone run came without getting a hit.

With the Mustangs up 3-1, Tonnerre would shut down the Mustangs for the rest of the game.  The Giants bats went silent, despite a single to lead off the top of the fifth by Genki LeClair and another single to lead off the top of the seventh by Aubrey Sine.

Tonnerre took a tough loss, striking out three while walking two in six complete innings of work.

The Giants hope to turn the tide and get back to their winning ways as they are on the road again tomorrow, as they face Novato at 4:30.

 

Explosive First Inning Sets the Tone for Varsity Win Against Branson

4/18:  The Varsity Giants ended the first half of the MCAL season, earning their eight consecutive win and did it with an epic first inning.  Starting Redwood pitcher Zack Tonnerre sent the Bulldogs down in order in the top of the first.  Dane Goodman led off the bottom of the inning roping the first pitch he saw up the middle.  Josh Cohen would duplicate the feat, lacing the first pitch he saw up the middle, sending Goodman to third.  Two pitches, two Redwood hits.  Nicolas Belgum worked the count and laced a 3-1 fastball to center, scoring Goodman.  Anthony Pomilia then crushed the first pitch he saw, resulting in a double, scoring Cohen and Belgum, putting the Giants up 3-0, after only eight pitches.  After a strike out, Aubrey Sine sent Pomilia to third on a deep sacrifice fly to center.  Michael Connors sent Pomilia home with a single to left.  Mackie Skall then singled, and Pascal Brassey singled, loading the bases while tallying the Giants seventh hit of the inning.  A ground-out ended the inning with the Giants leading the Bulldogs 4-0.

The first three Branson batters’ fate in the top of the second would be determined by Tonnerre as he sandwiched a walk between two strike outs.  Mackie Skall had a shot at ending the inning on a steal of second, but had to work his throw around the batter who leaned across the plate.  After being questioned by Head Coach Mike Firenzi, the plate umpire concluded that the batter did not intentionally get in the way of the throw, putting a runner in scoring position.  Tonnerre induced a routine grounder that would seem to end the inning, but an errant throw sent Branson’s first run of the game across the plate.  The top of inning would end on a fly-out to Josh Cohen with the Giants up 4-1.  After securing the final out of the top of the inning, Cohen led off the bottom of the frame with a double to left.  Nicolas Belgum then walked and Anthony Pomilia singled, scoring Cohen for his third RBI of the game.  Luke Zlatunich roped a deep drive to center, scoring Belgum, putting the Giants up 6-1 going into the top of the third.

Another Giants blunder in the field put a runner on base and after a walk the runner would be standing on third with one out.  Tonnerre was lifted for Trevor Foehr after getting seven outs four on strike-outs.  The second Bulldogs run would cross the plate on a fielders choice.  Foehr would strike out the last batter of the inning.  Mackie Skall led off the bottom of the inning with a walk and was lifted for the speedy Riley Marsh.  Marsh advanced to second on a wild pitch and Dane Goodman hit a single to short, sending Marsh home on an errant throw to first that he would have easily beat out.  Nicolas Belgum followed with a single but the Giants threat would end there on a line drive to second.  After three full innings, the Giants had the lead 7-2, with a goose egg in the hit column for the Bulldogs.

Foehr would need just six pitches to get through the top of the fourth and the Giants went down in order in the bottom of the inning.  A lead-off walk would end up scoring for Branson, and after giving two hits, a couple of runs and another walk, Foehr was lifted for Michael Benz with the score 7-3 and the bases loaded.  The inning ended on a fly-out to Belgum.  Foehr recorded seven outs, striking out one while giving up two earned runs.  Redwood threatened but couldn’t capitalize in the bottom of the inning as the inning ended on an unassisted double-play by Branson second baseman Alec Ritch.

Benz worked through the top of the sixth without giving up a run and the Giants added their ninth run of the game in the bottom.  With two outs, Aubrey Sine, Michael Connors and Mackie Skall walked, loading the bases.  Pascal Brassey singled Sine home, putting the Giants up 9-4.

A fly-out to center was followed by a single.  Benz struck out the next batter he faced but planted a 1-2 fastball into the arm of the next batter.  The game ended on a fly out to Pomilia, sealing the Giants victory, earning Foehr his first win of the year.  Benz earned the save, recording the final seven outs of the game.

Michael Connors and Mackie Skall both had a hit each with Dane Goodman, Josh Cohen, Nicolas Belgum, Pascal Brassey and Anthony Pomilia racking two hits each.  Goodman, Connors, Pomilia and Aubrey Sine scored, with Cohen and Belgum each scoring twice.  Belgum, Luke Zlatunich and Michael Connors each knocked in a run with Brassey knocking in two and Pomilia plating three.

The Giants face the only team without a losing record against them as they are on the road in San Marin on Thursday.

 

Varsity Continues Winning Streak with Victory Over Drake

4/06:  With a storm approaching the Bay Area, all MCAL baseball games that were scheduled for Friday were moved to Thursday.  The weather report promised a 30% chance of rain at 4pm, moving to 90% at 5pm and staying steady through Friday.  It was an obvious formula, once it started to rain, it wasn’t going to stop.  The key was to get the game in before the clouds opened up.

For CIF High School Baseball, a game is considered complete after five innings of play (unless the home team is ahead after 4 1/2 innings of play, they would not need to bat in the bottom of the inning and would be declared the winner).  If the game is called after five innings, the final score will be determined by the last completed inning of play.

In an effort to get the game in, game time was moved to 4pm and with heavy cloud cover and a strong frigid breeze blowing, Redwood starting pitcher Zach Tonnerre slung the first pitch of the game.  Fittingly, Tonnerre opened the game with a strike, and after just seven pitches, he struck out the first two batters he faced.  Zach closed out the inning by doing what not many pitchers have been able to do this year, getting Drake superstar Nick Roth out on a grounder to Nicolas Belgum.  Nick Roth got the start for Drake, boasting five wins and an ERA below .50,  Roth showed why he is on the top five in the MCAL in the three relevant pitching stats-ERA, Wins and Strikeouts and sent the Giants down in order in the bottom of the inning.  So, after a quick inning, it became evident that it would be a pitching dual.

Tonnerre would give up just a walk in the top of the second, and Roth would only yield a single to Luke Zlatunich in the bottom of the inning.  With winds picking up, an occasional rain drop could be felt as big, dark, ominous clouds loomed in the West, making their way to Moody Field.

Drake would get two runners on in the top of the third but would be sent out to the field with out scoring again.  Dane Goodman walked in the bottom of the inning, but that would be the only Redwood threat of the frame.  Tonnerre and Roth, Redwood and Drake, continued to square off, but like evenly matched heavyweight fighters, they would throw punches without landing that knock-out punch.

Drake had Redwood on the ropes in the top of the fourth, when they put the first two batters on base on an error and a walk.  Tonnerre bounced back by striking out the next batter and ended the inning in a flurry with a double play on a grounder that he fielded cleanly, tossed to Brassey at second who completed the inning ending double-play with a perfect throw to Nicolas Belgum at first.  In the bottom of the inning, with two outs, Aubrey Sine roped a single to left, but like Drake just 1/2 inning before, the threat would end with one runner left on base.

Small intermittent rain drops turned to a more steady, heavier rain in the top of the fifth.  Tonnerre made quick work of the inning sending Pirates down 1-2-3 in the top and Roth would counter, sending the Giants down 1-2-3 in the bottom.  So after five full innings of play, with rains now steady, a complete game could be declared but a winner could not as the score remained knotted at 0-0.

With one out in the top of the sixth, Nick Roth singled to short but would be erased on the Giants second double-play of the game on a grounder to Brassey, who tossed to Anthony Pomilia at second, who bare-handed the ball for a quick toss to Belgum at first.  Dane Goodman led off the bottom of the sixth with a walk and was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Josh Cohen.  As the rain continued, Roth kicked the wet clay out of his spikes as he prepared to face Nicolas Belgum.  Belgum sent Goodman to third by banging the Giants third hit of the day with a single up the middle.  Drake would pitch-out in an attempt take down Goodman at third, but Goodman timed the throw to third perfectly and bolted towards the plate.  The Pirates third baseman quickly threw to home and Goodman slid under the tag and was met with a chorus of cheers as the home plate umpire signaled and screamed “Safe!”  The inning ended with the Giants up by a run.

As promised, the steady rain continued, wet dirt on the field now glistened as puddles began to form as the ominous black could that once lingered in the West now stood ominously above Moody Field.  Tonnerre would walk the lead off batter and would be lifted for reliever Michael Benz.  Benz induced a grounder to first, but with slippery conditions, the ball was bobbled and after the mud settled, Drake now had runners on first and second with no outs.  Redwood transitioned into their bunt defense and on cue, the Drake batter squared to bunt.  A riding inside pitch caught him in the arm which left the bases loaded and no outs.  With the rain pounding, the umpires called a quick meeting and pronounced a rain delay.  Both teams huddled under the cover of their respective dugouts as fans waited for a break in the weather.  Five minutes later the umpires would call the game, erasing what happened in the top half of the seventh, reverting the score to the last completed inning.

“I’m disappointed we couldn’t finish the game.  But, there was no guarantee that they would score, there was no guarantee that if they did, we wouldn’t score in the bottom of the seventh”, Head Coach Mike Firenzi said after the game.  “We will never know…but Tonnerre threw a hell of a game and I’m happy we got the win.”  It may all be settled on May 9th, when Redwood travels to Drake in the second to last game of the season.  Redwood is now back in first place in the MCAL, tied with the Pirates with a 7-1 record.

Nicolas Belgum, Luke Zlatnunich and Aubrey Sine had hits for the Giants with Dane Goodman scoring the lone, winning run.  Tonnerre earned his fourth win of the year, striking out six in a shut-out effort.

Redwood will come off of the break hosting Branson at Moody Field on Tuesday, April 18 at 4:30.

Varsity Giants Stay Hot in Victory Over Marin Catholic

4/04:  The Giants made the short commute to Kentfield to face off against the Wildcats.  Both teams share a 5-1 record and are tied for second place.  The winner of today’s game would stand alone in second place, just one game behind Drake.

Redwood came into the game riding a five game winning streak and would keep the streak alive with a 4-2 victory over their cross-town rival.  Oliver Pearson gave up just one hit on his way to his fourth victory of the year with Michael Benz closing out the game to earn the save, without yielding a hit.

The Giants drew first blood in the top of the first inning after Dane Goodman led off by reaching on an error and was quickly advanced to second on a single by Josh Cohen.  Nicolas Belgum followed with another single, loading the bases with no outs.  In his season debut, Anthony Pomilia started his Redwood career with a RBI, knocking in Goodman on a ground-out to second.  With two outs, Luke Zlatnich banged a single to left, driving in Cohen and Belgum.  Michael Connors singled up the middle, but a fly out would end the inning with the Giants up 3-0 going into the bottom of the first.  “It was a great way to start the game, Pomilia did his job by hitting the ball to the right side and Luke had that clutch hit with two outs.  It’s always good to get on top early, it takes some of the pressure away”, Head Coach Mike Firenzi said after the game.  In the bottom of the first, with a runner on and two outs, Pascal Brassey stole a hit with his glove, leaping high for a liner that was roped over his head, ending the inning to a chorus of Giants cheers.

The hit parade continued for the Giants in the second inning when Mackie Skall singled to left and Dane Goodman singled to center.  Goodman’s single would be Redwood’s sixth hit in their first ten at-bats of the game.  Skall and Goodman would be the third and fourth runners left on base for the Giants, as the inning ended with the next three batters going down in order.  Pearson answered, sending the Wildcats down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the second taking the game to the third inning with the score Giants 3, Wildcats 0.

The third inning only saw one base-runner, and the Giants again went down in order in the top of the fourth.  MC led off the bottom of the fourth with two consecutive walks, but Pearson would erase the next two batters.  With runners on second and third, MC third baseman Tom Jacobson sent the first pitch he saw to the right center alley scoring both runners.  Michael Benz was called in from the bullpen and after walking the first batter he faced he ended the inning with a strike-out, taking the game to the top of the fifth with the score Giants 3, Wildcats 2.

After two quiet innings at the plate, the Giants bats came alive in the top of the fifth.  Josh Cohen led off the inning with a drag bunt for a single and stole second.  Nicolas Belgum knocked Cohen home with a single to right but was erased on an attempted swipe of second base.  Anthony Pomilia logged his first hit as a Giant with a single to right.  Pomilia would be left on the bases after MC pitcher Jack Harris struck out the next three batters he faced.  In the bottom of the inning the Giants relied on their sturdy defense as the Wildcats went down in order on ground-outs to Brassey, Pomilia and Belgum taking the game to the top of the sixth with the score Giants 4, Wildcats 2.

Both teams went down in order in the sixth and Dane Goodman broke the silence by leading off the top of the seventh with a single to left.  Josh Cohen advanced Goodman into scoring position on a ground-out to the right side, but the Giants half inning would end without scoring a run taking the game to the bottom of the seventh with the score still 4-2.  Benz struck out the first batter he faced in the bottom of the inning.  Anthony Pomilia would have a say in the final two outs of the game, snagging a fly ball and fielding a grounder to end the game.  “I’m most proud of our defense today”, Firenzi said after the game.  “We made the plays we needed to in the field at their yard.”

Pearson earned the win, yielding just two runs on one hit while striking out three.  Benz earned the save, yielding no runs, no hits while striking out three.  Anthony Pomilia, Luke Zlatnich, Michael Connors and Mackie Skall all had hits for the Giants with Dane Goodman, Josh Cohen, and Nicolas Belgum adding two hits each to Redwood’s ten hit assault.  Belgum and Pomilia each knocked in a run with Zlatnich banging in two RBI’s.

Redwood now stands alone in second place with a 6-1 record and will square off against the undefeated Drake Pirates at home.  The game has been moved to Thursday with a 4:00 start due to another storm that is expected to dump several inches of rain in the Bay Area.

 

 

Varsity Blanks Justin-Siena

3/31:  The Giants pitching staff combined for another shut-out, blanking the Justin-Siena Braves 4-0 on the road on a windy day in Napa.  “Today is going to be one of those days when it’s hard to hit.  The grass is tall and slow and the wind is swirling but mostly blowing in” Head Coach Mike Firenzi said before the game.  “But, it’s the same for both teams.”  True to Firenzi’s prediction, each team only tallied four hits, but Redwood was able capitalize on theirs while the Braves were only able to get two runners past second base.

Coming off of a six inning shut-out performance against Novato last week, Zack Tonnerre got the start for the Giants, pitching five and a third innings, striking out nine. Zack had just one walk and gave up only three hits.  Noah Arrick closed out the game while keeping the shut-out intact and adding to the strike-out total, striking out one.  Tonnerre now boasts a 2-1 league record and a 3-1 overall record.

In usual fashion, the Giants drew first blood when they scored three runs in the top of the third inning.  Mackie Skall led off the inning with a single off of the pitchers glove.  Drew Jacks dropped a perfect bunt to send Skall to second and Skall was relieved by the speedy Josh Katz.  Dane Goodman followed with a single to second and Katz later crossed the plate when Goodman stole second and the catcher’s throw bounded into centerfield.  Nicolas Belgum knocked in Goodman on a single to left.  Belgum would score with two outs on a balk by the Braves pitcher, putting the Giants up 3-0.  The Giants would turn their first double-play of the game to end the third inning on a grounder to Belgum at first, to Brassey, to the pitcher, Tonnerre, covering first, taking the game to the top of the fourth with Redwood leading, 3-0.

Luke Zlatnich led off the inning with a walk and Pascal Brassey reached base on an error putting runners on first and second with no outs.  Mackie Skall put both runners in scoring position by laying down a sacrifice bunt.  Zlatnich was cut down at the plate on a botched squeeze-play but with two outs, Dane Goodman would knock in the Giants fourth and final run of the day with a single to left.  In the bottom of the fourth, the Giants would turn their second double-play of the game 4-6-3, on a grounder to Zlatnich, to Brassey, to Belgum.

The Giants went down quietly in the top of the fifth and the Justin-Siena threatened in the bottom of the frame.  Two consecutive base-hits were followed by a strike-out and a walk to load the bases.  A grounder to Tonnerre ended in the glove of catcher Mackie Skall at the plate, cutting down the run and leaving the bases loaded with two outs.  Tonnerre erased the threat by inducing a soft liner back to the box taking the game to the top of the sixth with the score Giants 4, Braves 0.

Redwood went down in order in the top of the sixth.  Tonnerre logged his ninth strike-out of the day to start the bottom of the inning, but reached his 110 pitch limit and was relieved by Noah Arrick.  After giving up a hit that left the runner on second, Luke Zlatnich snagged what looked like a sure hit to the right side and dove, glove first, beating the runner back to the bag to end the inning and tally the Giants third double-play of the day.

The Giants were again sent down in order in the top of the seventh and Noah Arrick sealed the Giants victory despite another error in the field.  Redwood committed a total of four errors on defense in their winning effort.

Nicolas Belgum and Mackie Skall both had hits for the Giants.  Dane Goodman was responsible for half of the Giants hits, banging out two of their four hits.  Goodman and Belgum also had an RBI each.

The Giants now stand at tied in second place in the MCAL and will be in Kentfield on Tuesday to face-off against the Marin Catholic Wildcats in a rivalry game that highlights the two MCAL second place teams, both with 5-1 conference records.  Redwood will end the week facing off against the undefeated Drake Pitates on Friday.  “We have a tough week ahead, but we are going to take it one game at a time, we need to take care of business against Marin Catholic”, Firenzi said when asked about the upcoming week and match-up against the Pirates.