Frosh Giants Take Care of Business Against Novato

4/4:  The frosh Giants improved their record to 9-1 with a 6-1 victory at Novato.

Jake Zesiger started for the Giants and held Novato to one run over his four innings.  The Giants scored single runs in the second, third and fourth innings on an RBI single by Jack Watson, an RBI triple by Mikey Bender and an RBI single by Ethan Crawford.

The Giants got strong outfield defense from Ben Cohen and Thomas Johnson, each of whom covered serious outfield real estate to make tough running catches in center and right.

The Giants added two runs in the top of the fifth to make the score 5-1.  Bodie Jehling drove in the first run with an RBI single.  With Bender on third and Jehling on first, Jehling took off for second before the Novato pitcher came home, getting himself into a rundown.  While the Novato infield was distracted by Jehling, Bender raced home from third with the fifth run of the game for the Giants.

Zane Kempler relieved Zesiger in the bottom of the fifth and pitched flawlessly, giving up only one hit over the final three innings while striking out three.

The Giants added their final run in the top of the sixth, with Bender driving Kempler home on a single to center.  Bender led the Giants offensively on the day, going three for three with a walk to boot.

The frosh are off until next Friday, April 13.  On that date they play Campolindo in Moraga at 4:00 PM.  The next evening, Saturday, April 14, the Giants will take on San Rafael under the lights at Albert Park (first pitch 6:30 PM).

Frosh Giants Beat San Marin in Makeup Game

4/3:  The frosh Giants broke out the bats early and cruised to a 10-2 win over San Marin on Tuesday at Endriss Field.  Ben Cohen started on the mound and was dominant, striking out 11 Mustangs in his 5 and 1/3 innings of work.

The Giants got things rolling straight away in the bottom of the first.  Charlie Ginsburg led off with a line drive single to center. Cohen followed with a perfectly executed hit and run ground ball single to right, with Ginsburg taking third and Cohen alertly taking second when the right fielder’s throw to third sailed over the cutoff man.  Sam McIntosh and Ethan Crawford followed with RBI singles, and at the end of the first the Giants were up 2-0.

After Cohen set the Mustangs down in order in the top of the second, J.T. Dyer led off the bottom half with a sharp single to left.  After Dyer stole second, Bodie Jehling brought him home with a double down the right field line.  Cohen then drove one deep up the left-center gap for a double to score Jehling.  After McIntosh was hit by a pitch, Crawford doubled to left center to plate Cohen and McIntosh and give the Giants a 6-0 lead after two innings.

The Giants had given Cohen a big lead, but he didn’t really need it, as he overpowered the Mustang hitters with his fastball and yielded only a pair of unearned runs.  The Giants scored single runs in the third and fourth innings on an RBI single by Asher Jacobs and a sacrifice fly by Crawford.

The Giants closed out the day’s scoring with an RBI single by Ginsburg to score Thomas Johnson and a bases loaded walk to Jack Watson.  Ginsburg, Cohen, Crawford and Dyer all had multiple hit days for the Giants. Crawford led the Giants with three RBIs.

Mikey Bender came on in relief of Cohen and made quick work of the Mustangs in the sixth and seventh innings, ending the game with a nicely turned 1-6-3 double play.

Quick turnaround for the frosh with their next game at Novato on Wednesday at 4:30 PM.

Frosh Giants Jump MC Early, Hang on for Win

3/31: The frosh Giants bounced back from their first loss of the season at Marin Catholic on Saturday, defeating the Wildcats by a score of 10-5. The Giants put eight runs on the board in the first two innings, and survived a late inning scare to run their season record to 7-1.

Ben Cohen got things started on offense in the top of the first with a one out walk and then advanced to third on an errant pickoff throw. With two outs and Cohen still at third, Ethan Crawford lined a sharp single to center to score Cohen. RBI singles from Tommy Quanstrom and Jake Zesiger followed, and the Giants led 3-0 after one inning.

In the top of the second, Asher Jacobs and Bodie Jehling led off with walks. Charlie Ginsburg was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. Cohen followed with a walk of his own to bring in a run. With one out and the bases still loaded, Crawford doubled to left center to plate two runs. After a walk to Quanstrom, Zesiger reached on an error by MC’s shortstop that brought home Sam McInstosh, who had reached on a fielder’s choice groundout. Jacobs then drew another bases loaded walk to push across the final run of the inning. When it was over, the Giants were up 8-0.

Cohen started on the hill for the Giants and breezed through two innings. With the lead at 8-0 at that point, manager Taber Watson turned things over the bullpen, getting an inning apiece from Dillon Jensen, Mikey Bender and McIntosh. Zesiger came on in relief in the bottom of the sixth and struck out the side. The Giants added a run in the fourth on a Parker McMillan infield single to score J.T. Dyer, and heading into the seventh, the score was 9-5 in favor of the Giants.

In the top of the seventh, Crawford singled in Cohen to make it 10-5. Crawford was the hitting star of the day for the Giants, going 3-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored.

The Wildcats made things interesting in their last at-bat, putting two runners on with two outs off of Zesiger, but MC’s bid to keep the inning going was denied by center fielder Jacobs, who made an outstanding diving catch of a sinking liner to end the game.

Next up for the frosh is San Marin on Tuesday, April 3 (4:30 PM at Endriss Field). This is the makeup game from the earlier Redwood-San Marin game that was rained out. The game will be replayed in its entirety (as opposed to resumed from the point at which the prior game was called off). Before adjourning for Spring Break, on Wednesday, April 4 the Giants will play Novato at San Jose Middle School in Novato at 4:30 PM.

Varsity Starts Conference Play Strong with 8-0 Shutout Against Terra Linda

3/14:  The Giants were supposed to start their season on the road on Tuesday at Terra Linda but steady rain caused the cancellation of Tuesday’s game and moved the game to Wednesday and the venue to Moody Field after Mike Firenzi and his coaching staff spent hours getting water off of the field.  “We spent over six hours pumping water off of the field, ripping and rolling the infield and patching wet spots with bags of Diamond Dry so we could get the game in”, Firenzi said before the game.

Senior starter Blake Cusick earned his second win in a row, pitching five strong innings while giving up only two hits, two walks and striking out four.  Sophomore Nick Welch pitched the final two innings and only gave up one hit to the Trojans.  Cusick and Welch combined for a three hit shutout.

Anthony Pomilia led off the bottom of the first with a walk and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Pascal Brassey.  With two outs, Jack Morkin reached first on a dropped third strike and Luke Zlatunich roped a seed to short that was miss-played scoring Pomilia and Morken, putting the Giants up 2-0.

Dane Goodman doubled down the third baseline with one out and Josh Cohen sent him home on a triple to left.  Pomilia advanced Cohen to third on a grounder to the right side.  With two outs, Cohen scored on a passed ball taking Redwood to the third inning leading 4-0.

After Cusick sent the Trojans down 1-2-3 in the top of the third, Mackie Skall led off the bottom of the inning with a single to center.  Skall advanced to second on a passed ball and went to third on a dropped third strike to Jack Morken.  Luke Zlatunich sent Skall home on a deep fly to center.

The Trojans threatened in the top of the fourth with a lead off single that was followed by a walk.  Shortstop Pascal Brassey hushed the Trojan crowd by snagging a line drive and doubling the runner off of second.  Brassey recorded another assist in the inning by fielding a grounder and firing across the diamond to Luke Zlatunich, ending the Trojan threat, taking the game to the bottom of the fourth with the Giants leading 5-0.

Robbie Wilson led off the bottom of the fourth with a loud double to left.  Dane Goodman executed a perfect hit and run, roping a single to left, advancing Wilson to third.  Josh Cohen sent Wilson home and Goodman to third on a single up the middle.  Anthony Pomilia scored Goodman on a single to left, putting Redwood up 7-0.

With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Michael Connors singled to center.  Robbie Wilson roped his second double of the day, scoring Connors, putting the Giants up for good, 8-0.  Wilson would toe the rubber for the last two innings of the game, holding the shut-out for the Giants first MCAL win of the season.

Anthony Pomilia, Dio Cornet, Mackie Skall and Michael Connors all had hits for the Giants with Robbie Wilson, Dane Goodman and Josh Cohen each adding two hits for a total of ten hits by Redwood.  Luke Zlatunich, Pomilia, Wilson all knocked in runs, with Cohen adding two RBI’s.

Redwood will face off against San Marin next.  San Marin is the only MCAL team to have a winning record against the Giants since Firenzi took over the team in 2015.

Varsity Scores Nine on Fourteen Hits to Defeat James Logan

3/9:  The Giants won their second game in two days by defeating the James Logan Colts on the road today 9-5.  Blake Cusick earned the win in a high scoring battle and left the game after pitching three innings with the Giants up 8-5.  Josh Cohen got the start, pitching two innings and Andreas Gleckman pitched the final two, without yielding a run.

After a scoreless first, Jack Morken led off the top of the second with a single to right.  Michael Connors advanced Morken to second  and Luke Zlatunich singled to left advancing Morken to third.  Robbie Wilson roped a double to right, scoring Morken and Zlatunich, putting the Giants up 2-0.  Wilson was erased at third on a hard shot hit by Dane Goodman, and Goodman advanced to second on the play.  Goodman hustled to third on a passed ball and Genki LeClair knocked him in on a single to center, taking the game to the bottom of the second with the score Giants 3, Colts 0.

James Logan scored in the bottom of the frame, but the Giants answered in an achievement  that has only been recorded once at the Major League level, as the Redwood Giants tallied back-to-back-to-back triples.  Pascal Brassey led off the top of the third with a triple to right.  Mackie Skall followed with a triple to right, scoring Brassey.  Jack Morken then completed the Triple-Tri-Fecta with another triple to right field, scoring Skall.  On June 1, 2011 the Toronto Blue Jays accomplished this feat for first time in Major League history, tallying back-to-back-to-back triples against the Cleveland Indians in the fifth inning,  Michael Connors kept the hit parade going with a single to left, scoring Morken and putting the Giants up 6-1.  Luke Zlatunich added to the hit tally for the fifth hit in a row, ripping a double to right but Connors was cut down at the plate.  The Colts answered by scoring four runs in the bottom of the inning, taking the game to the top of the fourth with the Giants ahead, 6-5.

Both James Logan and Redwood didn’t threaten until the Giants scored in the top of the fifth after Mackie Skall led off the inning with a shot to left.  Dio Cornet came in to pinch run and scored on another double by Luke Zlatunich.  Robbie Wilson then singled, but was left stranded on the bases taking the game to the bottom of the fifth with the Giants leading, 8-5.

Giants added an insurance run in the top of the sixth after Pascal Brassey reached first on a four pitch walk and scored on a perfectly executed hit-and-run by Mackie Skall, putting the Giants up 9-5.  Andreas Gleckman shut down the Colts in the final two innings of the game, securing the win for the Giants.  “This team can hit, I’m pretty sure we set a record today, I know I have never seen three triples in a row in all my years of playing, coaching and watching baseball”, Head Coach Mike Firenzi said after the game.

Cusick earned the win backed by fourteen Giants hits.  Genki LeClair, Pascal Brassey and Michael Connors each had a hit, with Robbie Wilson adding two.  Mackie Skall, Jack Morken and Luke Zlatunich came up big for the Giants with three hits apiece.  Brassey, Morken, and Zlatunich scored twice and Skall and Goodman both scored a run for Redwood.  Wilson had three RBI’s.

The Giants open the MCAL season against Terra Linda at home, rain permitting, on Tuesday.  When asked about his outlook on the MCAL season, Firenzi said, “I’m looking forward to the start of conference play, we have worked hard this year.  We have a solid and deep pitching staff and we will score runs, I just hope the weather holds up because it looks like we are going to see a lot of rain these next two weeks”.

Frosh Giants Suffer First Loss of the Season; Blame It On The Bougie

3/28: The frosh Giants played for the third consecutive day on Wednesday, and it did not appear to agree with them. The Giants were sluggish in all phases and were soundly defeated by Tamalpais by a score of 8-1, dropping their record to 6-1 on the season. Tam’s Tucker Bougie notched the victory, working around six hits and five walks over six innings to allow only one run. The Giants were unable to come up with the key hits with runners on, and also ran into several outs on the bases.

The Giants lone run scored in the first inning, when Jake Zesiger singled home Charlie Ginsburg. Mikey Bender started for the Giants and deserved a better fate, taking the loss despite allowing only two runs over four innings. Tam broke the game open late with a five-run sixth inning that was aided by some shaky defense from the Giants.

The frosh will try to rebound in their next game – at Marin Catholic on Saturday at 11:00 AM.

Freshman Giants Defeat Cardinal Newman

3/27: The freshman Giants improved to 6-0 with an impressive 10-4 road victory over Cardinal Newman.

After being forced to use more arms than planned the day before, the Giants needed starting pitcher Jake Zesiger to provide a quality start. Zesiger did that and much more, throwing 5 and 2/3 innings and nearly 100 pitches while limiting Cardinal Newman to just two earned runs.

Trailing 1-0 heading into the top of the third, Sam McIntosh led off with a single to center. After advancing to second and third on wild pitches, Bodie Jehling reached on an error by Cardinal Newman’s first baseman, allowing McIntosh to score. Charlie Ginsburg followed with a single to right, with Jehling reaching third. Ben Cohen then drove them both home with a long double to left, but was thrown out trying to advance to third on the play. After Ethan Crawford reached on an error and took second on a wild pitch, Tommy Quanstrom singled to left to plate Crawford for the final run of the inning and the Giants lead stood at 4-1.

After Cardinal Newman picked up two runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut Redwood’s lead to 4-3, the Giants added two runs in the top of the fifth, with Crawford hitting an RBI groundout to score Ginsburg and Quanstrom doubling in Cohen. In the top of the sixth, Thomas Johnson started a two out rally with a single and ultimately came home on a balk. Heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Giants were up 7-3. Jack Watson relieved Zesiger on the mound with two outs in the bottom of the sixth and nailed down the final out of the inning with a strikeout.

The Giants opened things up further in the top of the seventh. After a one out single by Mikey Bender, Dillon Jensen cranked a double down the left field line to bring Bender home. Sam Rice followed with a double down the left field line of his own to score Jensen. Rice then came home on a Johnson grounder and the game stood at 10-3 Giants heading into Cardinal Newman’s last at-bat.

Cardinal Newman scored once in the seventh, but Jensen came in to shut the door, getting a fly out and a strikeout to end it.

Next game for the frosh is against Tamalpais at Endriss Field on Wednesday at 4:30.

Frosh Come Back from Touchdown Deficit to Defeat Terra Linda

3/26: The freshman Giants stormed back from an early 7-0 deficit to score a walk-off 10-9 win over Terra Linda on Ethan Crawford’s RBI single in the bottom of the seventh.

The Trojans jumped on the Giants with seven runs in the top of the first inning off of starting pitcher Asher Jacobs and Tommy Quanstrom, who relieved Jacobs. Both Jacobs and Quanstrom struggled with their command, and Terra Linda took full advantage of the seven walks and one hit batsman they were afforded in the inning. Ben Cohen relieved Quanstrom with the bases loaded and two outs and got a strike out to finally end the inning.

The Giants struck back for four runs of their own in the bottom of the first, with runs scoring on a major league pop fly off the bat of J.T. Dyer that was dropped by the Trojans’ second baseman, a wild pitch to score Cohen, a Mikey Bender groundout and a Sam McIntosh single.

After Cohen retired the Trojans in order in the top of the second, Thomas Johnson led off the bottom half and reached on an error by the TL shortstop. Johnson showed off his great speed by stealing second and then scoring all the way from second base on a Jack Watson infield single to the hole in deep short.

Terra Linda added two unearned runs off of Cohen in the top of the fourth and the game stood at 9-5 Terra Linda heading into the bottom of the fourth. In the bottom half, Cohen drove in Charlie Ginsburg with a single to right to cut the lead to 9-6.

With the score still at 9-6, McIntosh led off the bottom of the fifth and reached second on an error by the Trojans’ left fielder. Quanstrom then drove McIntosh home with a line shot to center that hit off the base of the wall. After Johnson was hit by a pitch, Ginsburg laid down a sac bunt to advance the runners to second and third. Crawford then singled sharply to center to plate Quanstrom and Johnson and tie the game at 9-9.

Cohen finished his day on the mound strongly, retiring the Trojans in order in the top of the sixth with a pair of strikeouts. Cohen’s effort was a lifesaver today for the Giants – in 5 and 1/3 innings he gave up no earned runs and struck out 10 Trojan batters.

Not to be outdone, Dyer relieved Cohen in the top of the seventh with the game still knotted at 9-9 and struck out the side.

Ginsburg got things started for the Giants in the bottom of the seventh with a one-out single to center and a steal of second base. Crawford then drove a single to right to score Ginsburg and give the Giants the victory.

Next up for the 5-0 Giants is Cardinal Newman – the game will be played on Tuesday at 3:00 PM at Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa. The Giants then return to Endriss Field for a game against Tamalpais at 4:30 PM on Wednesday.

Frosh Bats Come Alive in Victory

March 19: The freshman Giants put 14 hits and 10 runs on Tam on Monday afternoon in a 10-2 win at Endriss Field to run their record to 4-0.

Ben Cohen started for the Giants, and after giving up a pair of runs in the first inning (one earned) on a couple of hard hit doubles by Tam, settled down and pitched well. Cohen’s plus fastball was enhanced by his breaking ball and changeup, which he used effectively throughout his four innings. Cohen struck out six without issuing a walk.

Trailing 2-0 heading into the bottom of the first, the Giants rallied back immediately with three of their own. Cohen got things started with a one out single to left. J.T. Dyer followed with a single to left of his own. Ethan Crawford then grounded a single to center to score Cohen and advance Dyer to second. Jake Zesiger doubled over the head of the Tam right fielder to plate Dyer and Crawford, giving the Giants a 3-2 lead after one inning.

In the bottom of the third, Redwood broke the game open. Cohen lead off and reached on an error. After stealing second and third, Cohen was driven home by Dyer’s single to center. After Crawford reached on an error and a walk to Zesiger, Sam McIntosh singled to left to score Dyer. Tommy Quanstrom then lined a single to left to score Crawford. An infield single by Bodie Jehling and an RBI grounder from Jack Watson plated two more and when the inning was over the Giants’ lead stood at 8-2.

Quanstrom relieved Cohen and although he battled with his control at times, Quanstrom held Tam scoreless over two innings.

The Giants added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings on a Charlie Ginsburg squeeze bunt and a Crawford single.

Dyer closed out the game with a scoreless top of the seventh.


Varsity Defeats Powerhouse Monte Vista 7-1

3/8:  The Varsity Giants defeated perennial powerhouse Monte Vista for the second year in a row today on the road in Danville.  The Giants were not intimidated by the Mustangs starting pitcher, the imposing 6’7″ senior Jackson Ertz, who weighs in at over 200 pounds and boasts a plus fastball.

Oliver Pearson would notch his second win in his career against the Mustangs who lost in the D1 Championship game vs. De La Salle last year.  Pearson was magical on the mound, yielding one unearned run on three hits while striking out six and walking just one in six and two-thirds innings of work.  Jackson Bender was called out of the pen and struck out the only batter he faced, securing the win for Redwood.

Redwood scored in the top of the third after a one out single by Josh Cohen was followed by a single to center by Anthony Pomilia, advancing Cohen to third.  Pascal Brassey knocked Cohen home with a single to left taking the Giants to the bottom of the frame up 1-0.  Monte Vista answered after a hit batter advanced to second on a passed ball was followed by a two-out single to first that plated the runner from second, taking the game to the fourth inning with the score tied, 1-1.

The Giants offense broke the tie in the top of the sixth when Pascal Brassey led off the inning with a shot up the middle.  Mackie Skall walked and after a strikeout, Luke Zlatunich doubled to center, scoring Brassey.  Michael Connors dropped a perfect bunt for a single, scoring Skall, putting the Giants up 3-1.  Dane Goodman knocked in Zlatunich on a hard grounder to short.  After Goodman stole second, the inning would end with runners on second and third with the score 4-1 in favor of the Giants.

After Pearson made quick work of the Mustangs in the bottom of the sixth, Josh Cohen led off the top of the seventh with a double to left.  Anthony Pomilia took one for the team and took first after being hit by a pitch.  Pascal Brassey dropped a bunt that was thrown away, scoring Cohen and Pomilia, putting the Giants up 6-1.  Jack Morken singled to left and after two outs, Michael Connors roped a clutch base hit to center, plating Brassey for Redwood’s seventh run of the game.

Pearson earned the win on the mound while being supporting by ten Giants hits and no errors in the field.  Anthony Pomilia and Luke Zlatunich had hits while Pascal Brassey, Jack Morken, Michael Connors and Josh Cohen added two hits apiece.  Connors knocked in two, Goodman, Brassey and Zlatunich knocked in one.

The Giants square off against James Logan on the road next.


Freshman Game Rained Out

The freshman Giants game versus San Marin on Saturday was halted due to rain after four innings with the Mustangs leading 1-0. The entire game was played through rain showers that ultimately led to the game being called. As by rule a minimum of five innings are required for a game to be official (or 4½ if the home team is winning), the game will be played at a later date. At this time it is unclear if the makeup date will be a resumption of Saturday’s game in the top of the fifth inning with San Marin up 1-0 or if instead the teams will start over and play a full seven inning game.

After having their previous two games postponed by rain, on Saturday morning it initially appeared that there was going to be a break in the weather sufficient to get the game in. However, just about simultaneously with first pitch the rain showers began and though sunny skies were visible in seemingly every direction, the rain clouds hung over Moody Field for the entirety of the game.

Mikey Bender pitched all four innings for the Giants, surrendering a single run in the first inning when San Marin scored on a wild pitch. Bender struck out five in his four innings of work and provided a solid effort in difficult conditions.

Despite threatening to score in multiple innings, the Giants were unable to get the key hits necessary to push any runs across. Zack Chilson pitched all four innings for the Mustangs, striking out three.

J.T. Dyer went two for two at the plate for the Giants with a pair of line drive singles.

This coming week is a busy one for the frosh, with games on Monday (Tam – 4:30 PM at Endriss), Tuesday (Terra Linda – 4:30 PM at Endriss), Wednesday (Campolindo – 4:30 PM in Moraga) and Friday (San Rafael – 4:30 PM at Endriss). The Terra Linda game is a makeup of the game that was originally scheduled for March 14 but was postponed by rain.

Freshman Giants Top Petaluma

The freshman Giants ran their record to 3-0 with an 8-2 victory over a game Petaluma squad at Endriss Field on Tuesday afternoon.

Nathan Hirsch started on the bump for the Giants and pitched well, striking out five while walking only one and giving up just a pair of runs in his four innings of work.

The Giants opened the scoring with a single run in the bottom of the first on a Tommy Quanstrom single to score Asher Jacobs.

In the bottom of the second, Ethan Crawford led off with a single to left and came in to score on a line drive triple down the right field line by Thomas Johnson. Charlie Ginsburg then drove Johnson home with a hard ground out to third. After a Bodie Jehling walk and a line drive single up the middle by Jacobs, Sam McIntosh drove Jehling in with a single up the middle. With two innings in the book, the Giants were up 4-0.

Petaluma put two runs on the board in the top of the fourth, but Hirsch worked out of a jam to strand two runners and keep the lead at 4-2. Jake Zesiger relieved Hirsch and threw two scoreless innings.

The Giants opened things up in the bottom of the sixth. Johnson led off with a line single to right for his third hit of the day. Ginsburg advanced him to second with a sacrifice bunt and Johnson took third on a wild pitch. Jacobs walked and then stole second. With runners on second and third and two outs, McIntosh grounded a single up the middle to plate Johnson and Jacobs for a 6-2 lead. J.T. Dyer followed with a booming double over the Petaluma left fielder to score McIntosh. Quanstrom then singled home Dyer and what had been a tight game heading into the bottom of the sixth stood at 8-2 when the inning ended.

Dyer came in to close the game for the Giants and looked strong, striking out two in the top of the seventh to end it.

Next game for the frosh is Monte Vista on Thursday, March 8 at 3:30 PM at Endriss Field.

Redwood Ties Petaluma in a Tight Extra Inning Slug-fest

In a never say die game, Giant bats kept the team competitive against a hard hitting Petaluma team.  Jack Morken had another multiple hit game with three hits and three RBIs.  Morken was followed by Anthony Pomilia, two hits and one RBI, and two RBIs by Luke Zlatunich.  The rest of the Giants followed with aggressive base running making plenty of opportunities.

The last score of a back and forth battle was driven in by Morken in the top of the 7th putting the Giants in a position for a come from behind win.  Sadly, the game was interrupted by the setting of the sun.

The bump was given to Nick Welch who lead a strong defensive effort against the out-sized Petaluma offense.  Robbie Wilson finished the night keeping the Giants within striking distance.


Giants White Hot Bats Heat Up the Cold Oakland Night

Redwood bats erupted during the cold, windswept night under the lights at Bishop O’Dowd Monday night.  First at bat, Anthony Pomilia set the mark with a solo dinger over the left field fence to put the Giants up 1-0.

In the bottom of the 1st, Blake Cusick took the bump for the Giants.  Cusick masterfully demonstrated his 38 different arm slots as he mowed through the O’Dowd batters for the next five innings.  A steady diet of curves, fastballs and spot placement stymied Bishop O’Dowd batters as Cusick painted the plate.

In support of their pitcher, the Giants piled on runs.  Top of the second, timely RBI’s by Sam Warren and Pomilia capitalized on two hit by pitch mistakes putting the Giants up 4-0.  In the top of the forth, backstop Mackie Skall asked for a helping of what Pomilia served by helping himself to the second solo dinger of the night.  Giants up 5-0.  A Jack Morken double and a Michael Connors single added another run in the 5th.  Pascal Brassey and Connors combined to plate three more runs in top of the 6th.

Ollie Pearson pitched a solid 6th inning, with new varsity player Jackson Bender closing the night with a strong 7th inning.  Solid Giant defense aided the team effort.

Notibles from the night where solo home runs from A. Pomilia and M. Skall, plus J Morken was hit by what should be a record 3 pitches.  What to take three for the team.  Brassey and Pomilia each had three hits, Connors had two and Skall, Morken and Warren each had one.

Freshman Giants Shut Out Bishop O’Dowd

Behind strong pitching from Mikey Bender, Tommy Quanstrom and Ben Cohen, the freshman Giants shut out Bishop O’Dowd 7-0 on Monday afternoon at Endriss Field. The Giants are now 2-0 on the year.

Bender started and was dominant in his five innings, striking out seven while walking only one. Bender located well with his fastball and curveball for his entire outing and had O’Dowd’s hitters continually off balance. Not to be outdone, Quanstrom relieved Bender in the sixth inning and struck out the side. Cohen worked a quiet seventh inning to finish it off.

O’Dowd countered with a tough starter of their own, lefty Tristan Perri. The Giants broke through with an unearned run in the bottom of the second, with Jake Zesiger scoring on Quanstrom’s well placed popup single into no man’s land out of reach of O’Dowd’s converging shortstop, center fielder and left fielder.

In the bottom of the fourth, Zesiger led off with a walk. Thomas Johnson pinch-ran for Zesiger and stole second. After a walk to Bender, Johnson and Nathan Hirsch, who had run for Bender, advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. Quanstrom then lined a single up the middle to score Johnson, with Hirsch holding at third. Hirsch then scored on a well executed squeeze play with Charlie Ginsburg getting the bunt down. At the end of four, it was 3-0 Giants.

The Giants broke it open in the bottom the sixth. Parker McMillan led off the inning and was hit by the pitch. Following a walk to Bender and a single to right by Asher Jacobs, with two outs Cohen came up with a clutch double into the left-center gap to clear the bases. Pinch hitter Dillon Jensen concluded the day’s scoring with a grounder that was misplayed by O’Dowd’s shortstop, allowing Cohen to cross the plate for the Giants’ seventh run.

Next up for the Giants is Petaluma on Tuesday, March 6, followed by Monte Vista on Thursday, March 8. Both games are at 3:30 PM at Endriss Field.