3/21: After a night of continuous showers that dumped nearly two inches of rain overnight in the Bay Area and left almost every baseball field unplayable, Mike Firenzi started in the wee hours of the morning and spent the day pumping hundreds of gallons of water off of Moody Field to ensure the Giants would play today. “It took twenty-one bags of Diamond Dry but we got the field ready so we could get the game in.”, Firenzi said. A small respite between storms allowed the game between the San Rafael Bulldogs and Redwood Giants to be settled on their scheduled day. San Rafael came into the game tied with Drake and Tam for first place, the only three teams in the conference to win both games last week. Only one other game would be played in the MCAL today, as Drake notched their third MCAL victory, defeating Tam on their all-turf field to remain on top, with a 3-0 MCAL record.
For the first time this year, the Giants will go to sleep tonight resting on a winning record, sitting in second place in the MCAL with a 2-1 record and a 5-4 overall record. Oliver Pearson dropped his season ERA to 1.59 with a complete-game two-hit shut out, striking out ten in a 12-0 victory. Pearson didn’t walk a single batter in game. While yielding two hits, the Bulldogs never put a runner in scoring position.
Redwood scored early when in the bottom of the first, lead-off hitter Josh Cohen reached first on dropped third strike, and Henry Zeisler reached first after getting hit by the second pitch he saw. Cohen and Zeisler collaborated on a double steal and Nicolas Belgum walked to load the bases. Dane Goodman followed with a hard hit single up the middle, plating Cohen, putting the Giants up 1-0 with the bases loaded and no outs. The Giants would threat no more, as they went down, leaving three runners stranded in the inning. The Giants would strand eleven runners on base despite scoring twelve runs.
The game remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fifth, when the Giants batted around the order and scored seven runs. Henry Zeisler had two hits in the inning with Dane Goodman, Michael Connors, Aubrey Sine and Mackie Skall all adding hits to the Redwood fifth inning assault. Redwood scored another four runs in the bottom of the sixth after Gregory Block lead off the inning with a double to center and after a walk to Aubrey Sine, Trevor Foehr singled to right. Andreas Gleckman knocked in another run and reached base on a fielders choice. Another Zeisler single would plate Gleckman. Nicolas Belgum went back to his hitting ways by belting the longest single in Moody Field history, nearly reaching the left field wall on a fly, but with the score 11-0, runners were held as the Bulldogs hustled the ball into the infield. Dane Goodman would knock in his third RBI on the day with a sacrifice fly right, putting the Giants up 12-0 going into the top of the seventh.
Pearson only gave up his second hit in the top of the seventh, but sent the Bulldogs heart of their order down on two ground-outs and a strike out to seal the Giants victory and notch the Bulldogs first loss of the MCAL season. Redwood is now tied with San Rafael and Tam for second place with a 2-1 record.
Redwood amassed thirteen hits, Zeisler had three, Goodman had two, and Genki LeClair, Trevor Foehr, Mackie Skall, Aubrey Sine, Gregory Block, Pascal Brassey, Michael Connors, and Nicolas Belgum all adding hits to the total. Josh Cohen, Nicolas Belgum, Aubrey Sine, Mackie Skall and Andreas Gleckman all knocked in runs. Henry Zeisler knocked in two and Dane Goodman had three RBI’s on the day.
The Giants are on the road on Friday vs. the Terra Linda Trojans but with another atmospheric river on the way, the expectation is that the game will need to be rescheduled. “We are putting in our game plan this week with the expectation that we will play against TL on Friday, but we have the pitching depth to take us through a three or four game week if that’s what happens.” Firenzi said after the game.