Zach Cohen pitched 6 complete innings, scattering 6 hits and striking out 3 while giving up only 1 run to the Arroyo Dons in their NCS Quarterfinal game at Moody Field on Friday. The Junior right-hander threw 84 pitches to earn his 9th win of the season vaulting the Giants to the semifinal round of the NCS Tournament. After shutting down the Dons for 2 innings, Adam Hussain led off the bottom of the 2nd with a walk. Zach Kopstein dropped a bunt down the 3rd baseline and an errant throw from the 3rd baseman scored Hussain from 1st, putting the Giants ahead 1-0. The game would remain 1-0 until the bottom of the 6th when Riley Overend led off the inning with a double to left. Parker Laret followed with a hot smash to right and advanced to 2nd on the throw to 3rd leaving runners on 2nd and 3rd and no outs. With the Dons expecting a squeeze, Aubrey Sine excited the crowd when he roped a single down the 3rd baseline, scoring Overend and Laret, putting the Giants up 3-0.
After Adam Hussain advanced Sine to 2nd, Eric Doctor reached 1st on an error and promptly stole 2nd putting runners on 2nd and 3rd. Tyler Peck then roped a double to left, scoring Hussain and Doctor. Giants 5, Arroyo 0. Cohen yielded 2 hits to the 1st two batters he faced in the top of the 7th and was relieved by Junior Zach Kopstien with no outs. After another single that loaded the bases, Devon Pence and Riley Overend combined for a double-play, scoring a run but leaving the Dons with a runner on 3rd and 2 outs, down by 4 runs. On his 4th pitch of the inning, Kopstein earned the save as Riley Overend fielded a grounder to 2nd, ending the game. Overend led all Giants hitters with 2 hits on the day.
Redwood moves on to a semifinal match-up against the Pinole Valley Spartans on Tuesday at 4pm at Moody Field. The Giants appear to be on a collision course with Marin Catholic who host Livermore in the other semifinal game on Tuesday. The Spartans have few published stats but advance scouts who watched their 11-inning win against Casa Grande on Saturday have reported that they are a very solid defensive club with strong pitching. Be sure to show up early on Tuesday as seating is limited and we expect another huge crowd.