Freshman Drop Opener Against Vintage

2/20: Redwood’s starting pitcher, Kent Goodman, posted two shut out innings to start the game, striking out the side in the bottom of the second.

The Giants bats were quiet for the first three innings, taking the game into the bottom of the third, knotted in a 0-0 tie. With two out in the bottom of the third, Vintage strung together a double, a walk and three singles in a row, scoring two runs in the bottom of the frame.

Luca Bove led off the top of the fourth, getting on the hard way by getting hit by a pitch. Connor Yang stood up the best way you can for your fellow team mate, by driving a double on a 0-1 pitch to left, scoring Luca from first. Kent Goodman was then hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second. Will Davis advanced the runners to second and third on a fielder’s choice. Zach Johnson knocked in Yang from third on a sacrifice fly, and Kai Christman drove Goodman in on a grounder to the right side, putting the Giants up 3-2. The threat continued after Tyler Blair (photo0 singled and Cole McGowan became the third hit batsman of the inning, but was ended when a runner was picked off. Vintage tied the score after a walk and a couple of singles, and when it looked like the Giants would get out of the bases loaded threat, a wild pitch scored the runner from third.

Tyler Blair led the Giants with two hits and an RBI on the day

The Crushers blew the game open, scoring four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Two more Giants would get plunked by Vintage pitchers, as Kent Goodman and Nick Gehrman led off the top of the sixth by getting hit. After a ground out, Kai Christman walked to load the bases. Tyler Blair would bang his second hit on the day, scoring Goodman for the Giants fourth and final run on the day.

Vintage would add one more, making the final score Vintage 8, Giants 4. The Giants had three hits on the day, two singles by Blair and the double by Yang. Blair, Yang, Johnson and Christman each tallied an RBI for Redwood.

Redwood hosts St. Ignatius on Thursday.


Senior Jack Morken Signs

11/14/18:  Senior Jack Morken committed to Monmouth University today, ending a long drought of D1 signees from the Redwood Baseball program.  Morken ended the 2017 campaign with a blistering .392 batting average and led the team with 22 RBI’s.

Jack will be the eleventh player to go on to play ball after high school since 2015, the first year Mike Firenzi took over the baseball program.  “I’m very proud of Jack, he’s worked hard and his hard work has paid off.  It’s a great day for Jack and for the Redwood Baseball family.”, Firenzi said.

Where are they now?

Class of 2015:

Adam Hussain-Redshirt  Junior at  San  Diego  State  University

Attended College of Marin in Kentfield, Calif. (2016-2018).  Appeared in 39 games and hit .373 with 7 home runs, 40 RBIs as a sophomore (2018).  Named Bay Valley Conference First Team (2018).  Named to Bay Valley Conference All-Academic Team (2018).  Earned Honor Roll recognition (Fall 2017, Spring 2018).  Redshirted his freshman season

For the Redwood Varsity Adam played in 51 games, boasting a .303 batting average with 44 hits, 27 RBI’s and 29 runs scored.  He helped lead the Giants to an NCS Championship and was named Honorable Mention All-MCAL Baseball team his senior year

Tyler Peck –  Senior at Chapman University

2018: ABCA All-West Region Second Team selection.  NCBWA National Pitcher of the Year for the week of May 10th.  Started 13 games.  Led the bullpen with a 2.63 ERA and 98 strikeouts.  Threw two complete games for a 7-2 record.  Pitched 7.1 innings of Chapman’s first no-hitter since 1973, striking out 10 batters.


Tyler was the SF Chronicle North Bay Player of Year in 2015 and made the 2015 Cal High Sports First team All-State and First Team All-MCAL.  For the Redwood Varsity, Tyler pitched 144 innings, boasting a 1.31 ERA (.92 in 2015), with 110 strike outs and 18 wins.  He held opponents to a .186 batting average.

Class of 2016:

Zach Cohen – Junior at University of New York

2017-18: Made 13 appearances, including one start…ended the season with a 1-2 record and a 5.29 ERA in 17.0 innings…held opponents to a .237 average…tossed a season-high three innings and struck out a season-high five batters against John Jay (4/18)…IAAC Spring Honor Roll…ECAC Academic Honor Roll.

2016-17: Appeared on the mound in 13 games, including two starts…finished the season with a 3-1 record…tossed a season-high three innings vs. Merchant Marine (4/19)…struck out a season-best two batters vs. Dubuque (3/13) and Yeshiva (5/4)…pitched two shutout innings against Case Western (4/8) and Yeshiva (5/4).

For the Redwood Varsity, Zach was a four-year team member and ended his career with a 1.78 ERA, with 138 strike outs in 216 innings, held opponents to a .229 batting average and had 17 wins.  He was a member of Redwood Honors Society and California Scholastic Federation.  He helped lead the team to their 2015 NCS title.  He was named 2nd Team All-MCAL in 2015.

Zack Kopstein – Junior at M.I.T.

2018: NEWMAC Academic All-Conference… Led the team with a 4-2 record as he made seven appearances and six starts in 39.2 innings pitched… Had 28 strikeouts with a .264 batting average against and a 3.63 ERA… Earned a win over nationally-ranked Trinity (Texas) on 3/2 as he threw five innings and allowed just two runs with two strikeouts… Earned a win over Emerson on 4/7 with eight strikeouts and six shutout innings… Picked up a win over Babson on 4/14 and won the NEWMAC Tournament First Round game vs. Springfield on 5/3 as he went seven innings with five strikeouts in the 5-0 win.

At Redwood ZackAP Scholar with Distinction.  Received Math, Science and English Department awards was the Co-president of the Rocketry Club.  He was a Member of the California Scholarship Federation and the Redwood High School Honors Society and was the Class salutatorian.  In his Varsity career at Redwood, Zack played in 77 games, hit .285 with a .397 On Base Percentage, had 43 hits and scored 30 runs.  On the mound he had a 1.74 ERA in 104 innings pitched, striking out 105 and ended with 14 wins.

Class of 2017:

Henry Zeisler – Sophomore at Chapman University

2018: Appeared in 21 games with a .200 batting average, three doubles and a home run…


At Redwood Henry was a Redwood Honors Society Lifetime Member.  In his Varsity career at Redwood, Henry played in 36 games, boasting a .378 batting average and a .484 on base percentage.  He had 37 hits, knocking in 20 runs and scored 24 runs for the Giants.  Henry’s senior season was cut short with an injury from which he has fully recovered.

Michael Benz – Sophomore at College of Marin

2018: 18 appearances…2 wins with 1 loss.  25 innings pitched with 13 strikeouts and 10 walks.  In his Varsity career at Redwood Michael pitched 54 innings, striking out 48 and ended with a 1.92 ERA and 3 wins.  He was named Honorable Mention All MCAL Baseball Team in 2017



Class of 2018:

Dane Goodman – Freshman at Whittier College

Dane was a pre-season All-American and was named to the First Team All MCAL Baseball Team in 2017 and the Second Team All MCAL Baseball Team in 2018.  In his Varsity career at Redwood, Dane played in 53 games, boasting a .450 batting average with 57 hits, 43 runs scored and 31 runs batted in.



Josh Cohen – Freshman at Emerson College

Josh was a three-year Varsity player and was named Honorable Mention All MCAL Baseball Team in 2018.  As a Varsity player at Redwood, Josh had 3 wins and in 36 innings pitched he tallied 35 strike outs and held opponents to a .223 batting average.  At the plate he ended his career hitting .331, stealing 22 bases and scoring 50 runs.  He knocked in 20 on 58 hits and only struck out 19 times in 217 plate appearances.



Head Coach Mike Firenzi and Frank Ferroni Inducted into the MCAL Hall of Fame

By Guest Correspondent, Mark Fainaru-Wada

On an evening dedicated to celebrating the elite of Marin County high school athletics, two Redwood Baseball Giants shined brightest.

Redwood head coach Mike Firenzi and former pitching great Frank Ferroni (class of 1976) joined eight others as the latest inductees into the Marin County High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Frank Ferroni (left) and Mike Firenzi (right) holding their prestigious awards

More than 200 people attended the ceremony at the Embassy Suites in San Rafael, and both Firenzi and Ferroni were well-represented by friends, family, former teammates and coaches. The one glaring absentee was legendary coach Al Endriss, a longtime mentor to Firenzi and former coach to Ferroni, who was unable to attend due to a recent surgery that left him sidelined for a few weeks. 

Both inductees took a moment during their acceptance speeches to describe the massive impact the great Endriss has had on their lives and careers.

For Firenzi, the evening put a stamp on a remarkable 27-year career – a career that, if anything, continues to pick up steam. The record he has amassed during that time is, well, naturally, Hall of Fame worthy: 434 wins, nine MCAL titles, five NCS championships, 19 consecutive playoff appearances, 48 kids placed on college rosters and 8 selected in the Major League draft.

His win total is 38 shy of Endriss’ county record (472), and the 53-year-old Firenzi has his sight sets on 500. He told the crowd he has no plans to retire, as long as his body and mind continue to thrive.

For those who have known Firenzi all the way back to his days growing up in Corte Madera and playing in Twin Cities Little League, it’s little surprise he has made baseball his life’s work.  His father, Roger, coached during the 70’s through the early 80’s at Twin Cities, making a long-standing impact on the league and the players he coached, including his son.  His name is enshrined on a plaque on a bench in right field.  It is that bench where you might find Mike taking in a Twin Cities Little League game.  The sport always has been Mike’s greatest passion, and he has forever been fully committed to the game, whether as a player or coach.

His former teammates, players and coaches know him as a man devoted to the fundamentals – a coach with little tolerance for anyone who doesn’t play the game the right way.

“I’m an old-school guy,” Firenzi told the Marin IJ for a story about his induction into the Hall of Fame. “We play catch, throw strikes and run the bases. No smoke and mirrors. That’s my formula, and it’s working.”

Firenzi first brought his approach to Marin Catholic in 1991, when the school made him its head coach at just 26. This was during a time when his alma mater, Redwood, had been the dominant force in MCAL baseball — a dynasty built by Endriss.

But Firenzi, carrying with him the Redwood traditions, transformed Marin Catholic into the county’s preeminent program. The Wildcats won the MCAL title in Firenzi’s first season, and, over the next two decades, they would go onto amass eight county crowns and four NCS titles.

Firenzi took a few years off from coaching to recharge his batteries, and then he resurfaced back home – at Redwood.

“My son Joe went to Redwood at that time. That’s how I ended up at Redwood,” Firenzi told the IJ. “When he was in Little League, I was always the dad who got there in the second inning because I had my own team that was practicing. I was missing my own kids’ career.”

Since returning to Larkspur, where he had the chance to coach Joe, Firenzi has resurrected the Giants’ program, conjuring memories of the glory days. As he did at Marin Catholic, Firenzi won the MCAL and NCS titles in his first season, and his teams have captured the MCAL crown in three of his four seasons at Redwood.

Firenzi was named the NCS Honors Coach for 2010, and after he led the Giants to the 2015 NCS title, he was selected the NorCal Division II Coach of the Year.

At the Hall of Fame banquet, Firenzi thanked his family – son Joe, mother Donna, sister Donna (aka Sissy) and longtime girlfriend Christine – and his current and former assistant coaches. He singled out Bill Benz, who grew up with Firenzi in Corte Madera, played high school ball with him at Redwood and has been coaching with him on and off since his first season at Marin Catholic.

“I’ve known Mike since we were in kindergarten together.  Growing up, we had dreams of playing in the Major League.  Little did I know back, then, that he would influence and send kids on that journey.  I’ve had the honor of coaching with him and to this day, I still learn from him, whether it’s insights on the fundamentals of the game, strategy, or how to get the best from your players, his evolution as a coach has been fun to watch” said Benz, whose youngest son, Michael, was coached by Firenzi at Redwood and is now pitching at College of Marin. “He’s devoted the majority of his life to the game, it’s great to see his work and influence recognized by the MCAL Hall of Fame.”

But Firenzi saved the bulk of his thanks for the hundreds of dedicated and talented young men he has coached over the years, saying that his success wouldn’t have been possible without them.

After Firenzi accepted his award, Ferroni was honored for one of the great careers in MCAL baseball history. His senior season of 1976 was otherworldly, producing numbers that now seem unthinkable: 17-1, with a 0.91 ERA, striking out a state-record 194 batters in just 95 innings.  This is his second Hall of Fame induction in 2018 as Frank was inducted into the Redwood Athletic Hall of Fame earlier this year.

A transfer from Tam, Ferroni was so dominant that longtime El Cerrito Coach Larry Quirico, who has spent 45 years around Bay Area prep baseball, told the IJ that Ferroni was the best pitcher his teams ever faced. Yes, said Quirico, even better than Livermore’s Randy Johnson, who would go on to play 22 seasons in the majors before being elected to the Hall of Fame.

The summer after he graduated, Ferroni pitched three innings of shutout ball in the North-South All-Star Game at Angel Stadium. He was drafted by the San Francisco Giants straight out of Redwood but decided he wasn’t ready. He went on to play at Central Arizona Junior College before helping Cal State Fullerton to a National Championship.

“When I got drafted by the Giants out of high school, it was like a dream come true,” Ferroni told the IJ. “But I knew I wasn’t ready. Mentally? I was cocky as heck? But physically? Put me in against guys 19, 20, 21 years old, I’m not sure I was ready.”

Ferroni would later be a first-round Major League pick in two subsequent supplemental drafts, but his promising career was derailed by a shoulder injury.

At the banquet, several of Ferroni’s former Redwood teammates were on hand, and he made sure to thank them all. He said he was particularly grateful to his younger brother Gary (Class of ’83), who also pitched at Redwood and was a teammate of Firenzi’s. It was Gary who nominated his super sibling for his spot in the Marin high school Hall of Fame.

Roger Smith, Frank Ferroni and the ’77 Mythical National Champs Inducted into the Hall of Fame

March 3, 2018: Roger Smith (class of 1976), Ferroni (class of 1970) and the 1977 Giants baseball team were inducted into the Redwood High School Athletic Hall of Fame during a banquet hosted by Bay Area radio legend (and Redwood alumni) Bruce MacGowan.

Roger Smith played baseball and basketball at the varsity level from his sophomore through his senior years at Redwood.  In 1970, he appeared in 14 MCAL games as a pitcher and led the team to a 13-1 MCAL record with a 2.25 ERA.  He earned first team MCAL honors in both basketball and baseball his senior year.

Frank Ferroni made first team MCAL in both his junior and senior years as a pitcher for the Giants.  Ferroni put up astounding numbers his senior year, records that will most likely never be broken.  He was 17-1 with a .91 ERA and had 194 strikeouts in 95 innings.  Ferroni was drafted by the Giants and the Twins but took a scholarship to Pepperdine to play for Augie Garrido and sustained an injury that prevented him from playing.  He was later drafted by the Baltimore Orioles, unfortunately, his career was shorted due to his injury.

The 1977 Mythical National Champion baseball team was inducted in the ‘Special Merit-Team Award’ category and nearly the entire team was in attendance to accept the award.  Captain Jim Connor took the podium first and recanted the historic game against Taiwan and the championship game, an epic come-from behind victory against Hayward.  Buddy Biancalana followed Jim and described the impact that head coach Al Endriss had him as a player and credited Endriss for opening doors for him to play after high school, “Texas was willing to give me a scholorship and never saw me play…just on Al’s word…that shows how well respected he was.”

Head Coach Al Endriss said, “This may be the best team that not only the MCAL but Northern California has ever seen, and will ever see…I was willing to play our team against any team, anywhere, and I knew we would win.”

With 33 wins and 4 losses, they were named High School National Champions by the Easton Bat Company and the ’70’s National High School Team of the Decade by Sporting News.  They had five High School All-Americans (Buddy Biancalana, Jim Connor, Jimmy Jones, Mickey Meister, and Greg Zunino).  Twelve players went on to play at the collegiate level.  Four players were drafted and played at the professional level (Steve Travers, Biancalana, Meister, Zunino).  Biancalana was the first round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals (drafted before Cal Ripken), and nearly won the 1984 World Series MVP and made appearances on the Late Night with David Letterman.

The players on the team were:  Buddy Biancalana, Brett Parker, Scott Sutton, Steve Travers, Mickey Meister, John Jones, John Caito, Len Tallerico, Jim Connor, Bill Scott, Gary Ferrari, Greg Zunino, David Hoffmeister, Mike Long, Jim Jones, Steve Hoffmire, Bryon Myles, Howard Gibian, Cam Garrett, Kevin Wiltz, David Lui, and Lindsay Gordon.

The 1977 Mythical National Champions accepting their award

Smith, Ferroni, and the ’77 Team join fellow Redwood Baseball Inductees John Boro-’70, Buddy Biancalana-78, Pete Carroll-’69, Richard “Butch” Brear-’61, Jim Connor-’77, Mike Connor-’73, Ken Johnson-’68, Chad Kreuter-’82, Mickey Meister-’79, Jim Peters-’69, Jerry Piro-’70, Cory Shakarian-’90, Russell Smith-’66, Kevin Wilson-’67, Greg Zunino-’77, Dick Hart-Basketball Coach & Frosh Baseball Coach and Al Endriss-Baseball Coach-’58-93.


5/18:  The Varsity Giants concluded the regular season in what is now becoming ‘Regular Fashion’ as MCAL Champions.  For the third time in the last four years, Redwood was awarded the MCAL Championship Banner which will be hoisted in the gym and displayed proudly among the other twenty-five baseball championship banners.

After working through a rough patch this season where the Giants lost three straight games and dropped in the standings from a tie for first place to squeaking into the playoffs as the fifth seed, the Giants needed to win three games in four days to be MCAL Co-Champions and earn the automatic NCS bid.

Redwood started the week on the road on Tuesday and defeated San Marin on a cold, windy, typical spring day in Northern Novato.  After pitching four strong innings, Robbie Wilson was relieved by Senior Oliver Pearson who would earn the win as the pitcher of record in the top of the seventh when Jackson Barry broke a 2-2 deadlock by dropping a perfect suicide squeeze scoring Josh Cohen from third for the winning run.  Nick Welch earned the save by pitching a scoreless seventh inning.  Dane Goodman, Josh Cohen, Jack Morken, Luke Zlatunich, Drew Jacks, Genki LeClair all had hits for the Giants and Mackie Skall banged out two hits.  Goodman, Morken and Barry were responsible for knocking in the Giants runs that were scored by Cohen, Zlatunich and Jacks.

The Giants faced off against Tamalpais on Thursday night under the lights at Albert Park.  Redwood split their games with Tam during the regular season and would have to beat their ace, Jack Loder, to get to the Championship game.  Sophomore Nick Welch would get the call on the mound and he answered the call by pithing an absolute gem, yielding no hits in five and a third innings of work.  After Welch walked the three batters to load the bases in the sixth, Head Coach Mike Firenzi made the tough call of pulling him for Oliver Pearson.  “I think it’s the first time I’ve ever pulled a pitcher out of a no-hitter, but his pitch count was getting up there and I didn’t want to push the pitch count limit…he exceeded my expectations.” Firenzi said after the game.  Welch was greeted by a standing ovation as he left the field by the Redwood faithful and even a few Tamalpais fans with the Giants up 4-0.  With the bases juiced, Pearson would give up a single that was turned into a double after a bobble in left, and after the dust settled, three Tam runners had crossed the plate.  Pearson would lock down the inning by inducing a line-out to Josh Cohen and a strike out to end the inning and would end the game by striking out the side in the bottom of the seventh.

Dane Goodman, Josh Cohen, Mackie Skall, Jackson Barry, Luke Zlatunich and Genki LeClair all had hits for the Giants with Drew Jacks adding two.  Barry, and LeClair had RBI’s and Goodman, Cohen, Jacks and Zlatunich were responsible for scoring the Giants runs.

The Giants ‘Cinderella Story’ would be concluded tonight as the Giants would face off against the Drake Pirates who mowed through the NCS DIII Championships last year and mowed through the MCAL season this year, taking the Round-Robin MCAL Championship with a record of 15-3.  Drake made sure to pitch their ace, Ryan McLaughlin, just three innings in the semi-final game against Branson so that he would be able to pitch seven innings in the championship tonight.  This is a lock-tight strategy if the game goes seven innings.  McLaughlin, a sure bet to win Pitcher of the Year honors, dominated the league this year with a 1.04 ERA in a whopping seventy-four innings pitched and earned nine of the Pirates league wins.  As fate would have it, Redwood was able to take the game into extra innings and test Drake’s bullpen by scoring a run in the top of the sixth after Dane Goodman led off the inning with a hot smash to the third baseman that was too hot to handle.  Josh Cohen sent Goodman to second on a sacrifice bunt.  Goodman was cut off at the plate after Mackie Skall ripped a ball to left and a perfect strike to the catcher left the Giants with two outs and Jack Morken holding the fate of the Giants in his hands.  Morken answered, lacing a seed to the left-center gap, plating Skall and tying the game 1-1 going into the bottom of the sixth.

Robbie Wilson pitched three strong innings for the Giants and handed the ball to Oliver Pearson.  Pearson gave up a run but sent the Pirates down in order in the bottom of the sixth by striking out the side.  Luke Zlatunich singled with an out in the top of the seventh, but was erased on a 6-4-3 double play to take the game to the bottom of the seventh.  Pearson struck out the lead off batter and then would rely on his defense for the next two outs.  Pascal Brassey made a great play on a shot to short for the second out and the inning ended on a hot smash to third, similar to the shot Goodman hit in the top of the sixth, but Jackson Barry short hopped it and tossed to first to end the inning.

Drake would now have to go to the bullpen in the top of the eighth because McLaughlin pitched his tenth inning of the week and the Giants capitalized.  Dane Goodman led off the inning with a walk.  Josh Cohen followed with a walk and Mackie Skall drove a 1-1 fastball to center scoring Goodman, putting the Giants up 2-1.  Jack Morken hit a high-hopper over the first baseman’s head, scoring Cohen.  Jackson Barry then tallied his third hit of the day, scoring Skall, putting the Giants up 4-1.

Pearson gave up a lead off single in the bottom of the eight, but the boisterous Drake crowd was silenced when Dane Goodman tracked down a bomb to the right-center gap that looked like a sure triple off of the bat.  Pearson struck out the final two batters he faced, securing the MCAL Pennant for the Giants, ending the week with two wins and a save.

The Giants future now rests in the hands of the NCS Seeding Committee with hopes of securing a first round home game next week.  The question that soon will be answered is, will this Cinderella take home only the MCAL Banner or will they take home another NCS title?

Frosh Giants Close Out MCAL Championship Season with Rout of Drake

5/11:  The frosh Giants completed their season with a 9-1 victory over Drake in San Anselmo.

Mikey Bender cruised through five innings, striking out six while allowing only a single run. The Giants scored early and often, scoring four in the first and another run in the second and adding on from there.  Ben Cohen, Bender and Tommy Quanstrom all had two hit days for the Giants.  Bender and Quanstrom led the team in RBIs with three apiece, while Charlie Ginsburg led the Giants in runs scored with three. Zane Kempler closed the door with two scoreless innings.

The Giants took the MCAL regular season title with a remarkable 22 wins this year against only a single defeat.  Kudos to the frosh and coaches Taber Watson, Corbin Wirta and Dan Watson on an outstanding season!

Frosh Giants Defeat Cardinal Newman

5/9:  The frosh Giants rode another strong start from Ben Cohen to a 4-1 victory over visiting Cardinal Newman to run their season’s record to 21-1.

The Giants scored twice in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Tommy Quanstrom to score Cohen and a Mikey Bender grounder that was thrown away by Newman’s third baseman allowing Ethan Crawford to score.

Redwood doubled its lead in the bottom of the fourth.  Bodie Jehling got things started with a one-out single.  Charlie Ginsburg followed with a groundball single to right to advance Jehling to second.  Cohen then hit a liner to left that Newman’s left fielder made a diving attempt on but missed.  The ball scooted by, allowing Jehling and Ginsburg to score while Cohen coasted into third with a triple.  After four innings, the Giants led 4-0.

The was more than enough for Cohen, who went six strong while striking out seven and allowing only one run.  Quanstrom came in and put an exclamation point on the win, earning the save by striking out the side in order in the final inning.

Ginsburg led the team in hits on the day with two, and the Giants got strong defensive plays in the outfield from Asher Jacobs in center and Bender in right.

A terrific season for the frosh comes to an end this Friday in San Anselmo versus Drake.  First pitch 4:30 PM.

Frosh Giants Defeat Novato for 20thWin of Season

5/5:  The freshman Giants tallied win number 20 on the season with a 7-0 victory over Novato on Saturday at Endriss Field.

Tommy Quanstrom, Dillon Jensen and Zane Kempler combined to shut out the Hornets on a combined two hits.  Quanstrom started and was dominant in his three innings, striking out seven Novato batters.

The Giants scored their first run in the bottom of the second, with Jack Bober knocking in Quanstrom with a sharp single to left.  In the bottom of the third, the Giants tacked on four more on a Mikey Bender RBI single to score Jack Watson, a dropped fly ball off the bat of Kempler to score Thomas Johnson and Bodie Jehling, and a steal of home by Bender when the Hornets threw to second trying to get Kempler stealing from first.

The Giants added single runs in the fifth and sixth on a Kempler sacrifice fly to score Parker McMillan and a McMillan single to score Asher Jacobs.

Quanstrom, Jensen and Kempler kept the Hornet bats quiet all day – helped out by several standout plays from Jehling at shortstop.  Bender led the Giants in hits on the day with two.

The 20-1 Giants now head into their final week of the season with games against Cardinal Newman on Wednesday at 4:30 PM at Endriss Field and Drake on Friday at 4:30 PM in San Anselmo.

Frosh Giants Win Pitchers’ Duel Against Marin Catholic

5/2:  The frosh Giants pushed across a single run late to defeat a game Marin Catholic squad by a score of 1-0 on Wednesday afternoon at Endriss Field.

Jake Zesiger started on the mound for the Giants and held MC scoreless through five innings.  He was matched zero for zero by MC lefty Van Larson, who worked out of a few jams to keep Redwood off the board through the Giants’ first four at-bats.

In the bottom of the fifth, Bodie Jehling led off with a single to left and Charlie Ginsburg laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance him to second.  After taking third on a wild pitch, Jehling scored on Ben Cohen’s sacrifice fly to center, and through five innings Redwood was up 1-0.

A terrific game took a dark turn in the top of the sixth when Zesiger suffered what all in attendance could see was a serious arm injury while throwing a pitch to MC’s first batter of the inning.  X-rays would later reveal a complete fracture of the humerus bone in Zesiger’s throwing arm.  It was a sad ending to a great season for Zesiger.

Mikey Bender was summoned in relief and preserved the win for Zesiger, holding the Wildcats scoreless for the final two innings.  Zesiger and Bender together held MC to only one hit on the afternoon.

Redwood’s record for the season now stands at 19-1.  Next game for the frosh is on Saturday morning against Novato – first pitch 11:00 AM at Endriss Field.

Frosh Giants Defeat Tamalpais; Take Over First Place in MCALs

4/30:  The freshman Giants rode a gutty effort from starting pitcher Ben Cohen and some early offense to defeat Tamalpais by a score of 7-3 on Monday afternoon at Tam High.

The Giants jumped on Tam for three runs in the top of the first.  Tommy Quanstrom provided the big hit with a two-out single to center to score Cohen and Ethan Crawford.  After Mikey Bender followed with a single, J.T. Dyer drove in Quanstrom for the final run of the inning.

The Giants added on in the second and third innings.  In the second, Cohen drove home Bodie Jehling on a double to left.  After Cohen stole third, Sam McIntosh brought Cohen home with an RBI groundout to stake Redwood to a 5-0 lead.  In the top of the third, Dyer singled home Quanstrom, who had reached on a double, and through three innings the count was 6-0 Redwood.

Cohen, meanwhile, was pitching through a nasty blister on his pitching hand that deprived him of any feel with his curveball.  Forced to go almost entirely with a fastball/changeup combination, Cohen nevertheless battled through five innings while yielding only two runs (one earned).  After five innings, Redwood was up 6-2.

Bender relieved Cohen and picked up right where he left off, striking out three in his two innings of work.  Redwood added a big insurance run in the top of the seventh on a Jack Watson single to right to plate Bender.  Bender worked out of a jam in Tam’s last at-bat, fanning Tam’s final hitter with the bases loaded and the tying run at the plate.

Bender and Dyer led the Giants in hits on the day with three apiece, while Quanstrom and Jehling pitched in two each.

The Giants record for the season now stands at 18-1.  Next game for the frosh is Wednesday afternoon at Endriss Field against Marin Catholic.  First pitch at 4:30 PM.

Frosh Giants No Hit Monte Vista

4/28:  Tommy Quanstrom, Mikey Bender and Jake Zesiger threw a combined five-inning no hitter on Saturday afternoon at Endriss, as the frosh Giants cruised to an 11-0 win over Monte Vista to improve their season record to 17-1.

The game was scoreless through two innings, but the Giants broke through with crooked numbers in the third and fourth innings.  J.T. Dyer led off the bottom of the third with a double to right-center. After advancing to third on a single to left by Zesiger, Bodie Jehling brought Dyer home with a sacrifice fly to right.  After walks to Charlie Ginsburg and Ben Cohen to load the bases, Sam McIntosh drove in a pair with a single to left.  Ethan Crawford followed with a sacrifice fly and Quanstrom a single to left to plate two more runs.  Bender closed out the scoring with a booming drive to left-center for a double, and after three innings the Giants led 6-0.  Bender’s hit was very nearly the Giants’ first homer of the year, hitting half way up the fence on the fly.

The Giants put the game out of reach in the bottom of the fourth.  After Thomas Johnson and Asher Jacobs reached on Monte Vista errors, Sam Rice brought Johnson home with a single to left.  Jehling followed with an RBI single to score Jacobs. After Ginsburg was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Cohen followed with a hard grounder that took a bad hop and got through the Monte Vista shortstop.  The ball then seemed to defy the laws of physics and pick up speed as it split the gap in left-center for the seldom seen ground ball triple to clear the bases.

Meanwhile, Quanstrom, Bender and Zesiger were holding down the Monte Vista offense with relative ease.  Their no-hitter was saved in the top of the fourth by a terrific diving catch of a sinking liner to center by Jacobs and the game was called based on mercy rules after Zesiger closed out the top of the fifth.

On Monday, the Giants will be looking to avenge their only loss of the season against Tamalpais. First pitch is set for 4:30 PM at Tam.

Frosh Giants Take Two from San Rafael

4/23 and 4/26: The freshman Giants rallied from a 3-2 deficit with a four-run fourth inning to defeat San Rafael 6-3 on Monday afternoon at Endriss Field.  The Giants followed that up with a 12-3 victory over the Bulldogs on Thursday afternoon at San Rafael High.

In Monday’s game, Jack Bober kicked off the scoring for Redwood in the bottom of the second by singling home Mikey Bender.  Bodie Jehling followed with an RBI single to score JT Dyer, and after two innings the Giants led 2-0.

After San Rafael rallied for three runs in the top of the fourth, the Giants struck back for four runs in the bottom half, highlighted by an RBI single by Bender and a Jake Zesiger fly ball that was misplayed by San Rafael’s right fielder to score two runs.

Bender and Dyer closed out the game, with Bender throwing two and two-thirds scoreless innings and Dyer throwing the final inning for the save.  Jehling led the Giants in hits on the day, going three for three.

The two squads ran it back on Thursday, and the Giants blew open a tight game late with nine runs in their final two at-bats to win going away by a final score of 12-3. Dyer and Bender led the Giants offensively, each going three for four on the day.  The Giants went with Johnny Wholestaff on the mound, with Jake Zesiger, Bender, Dyer, Dillon Jensen, Tommy Quanstrom and Zane Kempler each throwing on the day.

The Giants record for the season now stands at 16-1.  Next game for the frosh is versus Monte Vista (Danville) at Endriss Field at 11:00 AM on Saturday.

Frosh Giants Roll San Marin

4/21:  The frosh Giants jumped on San Marin with a six-run first inning and never looked back, defeating the Mustangs 14-1 on Saturday afternoon in Novato.  With the victory, Redwood’s season record stands at 14-1.

Ben Cohen got the start on the mound for the Giants and pitched two and one-third innings of one-run ball before having to exit early with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand.  Cohen was relieved by Jake Zesiger and then Zane Kempler, each of whom put up zeros to take the game through five innings, after which it was called due to MCAL mercy rules.

Cohen, Tommy Quanstrom and J.T. Dyer were the hit leaders on the day for Redwood with two each. Cohen, Mikey Bender and Dyer lead the team in runs scored on the day with two apiece.

The frosh have a double dose of San Rafael this week – Monday at Endriss Field and Thursday at San Rafael High.  First pitch for both games is at 4:30 PM.

Frosh Giants Break Out the Bats in Win Over Terra Linda

4/18:  The frosh Giants scored early and often at Terra Linda on Wednesday afternoon and cruised to an 11-1 victory to improve their record on the season to 13-1.

Charlie Ginsburg opened the game with a single to center.  After stealing second, Ginsburg scored on a Ben Cohen single to left.  Sam McIntosh then singled to right, advancing Cohen to third.  Ethan Crawford followed with a line single to left center, scoring Cohen and sending McIntosh to third.  Tommy Quanstrom plated McIntosh with a sacrifice fly, and the Giants led 3-0 after their first at-bat.

The Giants added three more runs in the second.  Thomas Johnson led off the inning with a walk.  Ginsburg followed with a bloop single to right.  Cohen brought them both home with a shot up the gap in left-center for a double.  After Cohen advanced to third on a wild pitch, McIntosh brought him home with an RBI groundout.

Mikey Bender started on the mound for the Giants and was very impressive on short rest, striking out eight over his five innings of work and yielding only one run.

The Giants continued to add on in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, with Crawford, Quanstrom, Asher Jacobs, McIntosh and Bodie Jehling delivering RBIs.

Zane Kempler relieved Bender in the bottom of the sixth, striking out two to end the game after six innings based on MCAL mercy rules.

Cohen paced the Giants offensively with three RBIs and three runs scored.  McIntosh, Crawford and Quanstrom had two RBIs apiece, and Ginsburg led the Giants with four runs scored.

Next game for the frosh is at San Marin at 11:00 AM on Saturday.