Redwood Freshmen defeat MC 2-1 in walk off

Walk off wins are always memorable but especially when they come against an arch rival.  Matt Birchenough walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh driving in the winning run in a 2-1 victory over Marin Catholic at Endriss Field.

Nick Welch continued his strong season with another solid outing as a starter.  Welch went five complete whiffing five and giving up just one run.  The fifth inning was key as Welch struck out the last batter he faced with the bases loaded keeping the score at 1-0 MC. Birchenough started the sixth inning and finished the game picking up the win.

Defense was a key in the contest with several outstanding plays by Redwood. Jake Gassman nailed a runner trying to steal third and then in the seventh inning he picked off a runner at second base. Matthew Smallbach robbed an MC player of what looked like a sure hit diving to his left and then scrambling to his feet to get the runner at first to end the top of the seventh inning. Earlier in the game Lucas Roy completed a double play by gunning down a runner at the plate with Gassman making the tag just getting the sliding MC runner and ending a threat in the fourth.

But the best was yet to come. After coming up empty in the first six frames despite some hard hit balls, Redwood made the most of their last chance in the seventh. Nick Welch came up to start the inning advancing to first on a hit by pitch. With one down, Cameron Gregory ripped a sharp single down the third base line advancing Welch to second.  Alex Hagen was up next and with the count 0-1 he delivered a clutch hard hit single to right with Welch scoring from second and tying the score at 1-1. Smallbach then made it three straight hits with a line drive over shortstop.  Gregory was held at third, Hagen stopping at second and Smallbach at first.  The next batter struck out and now the stage was set for Birchenough with the bases loaded, two down, game tied.  He took strike one and then patiently watched the next four pitches, all balls, before trotting to first with the game winning RBI.


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