The win gives Redwood sole possession of the MCAL title as they finished with an 11-1 mark in league play and 19-4 overall. The team finished the season on a 13 game winning streak.
The Giants got on the board first with two runs in the second. With two outs Jack Van Hooser hit an infield single and advanced to second on an error by the shortstop that allowed Aaron Kim to reach base. Jackson Reed then drove the first pitch he saw for a double scoring both Van Hooser and Kim and giving Redwood the 2-0 lead.
In the fourth inning the Giants added to their lead. With two down and the bases empty Jonathan Yu hit a first pitch line drive single to right. Nick Welch then also singled on a first pitch offering and both runners advanced on the throw leaving Yu at third and Welch at second for Jake Gassman. Gassman did not waste the opportunity as he took a 2-2 pitch to right for a two-run single making it 4-0 Redwood.
It would stay that way until Drake pushed a run across in the top of the fifth to make it 4-1.
Redwood got the run back in the sixth. Sander Leszczynski led off the inning and was hit by a pitch. Ben Rafner followed and was also plunked putting runners at first and second. Van Hooser then grounded into a fielder’s choice with Rafner erased at second but Leszczynski advancing to third. Willie Sine was next and drove a pitch to center for a sacrifice fly to make it 5-1 Giants.
Drake would not go easily as they mounted a rally in the top of the seventh that led to two runs but that was the extent of the damage with Redwood holding on for the 5-3 win and the MCAL crown.
Jesse Gassman started and went six innings giving up just one run on three hits while striking out three. Matthew Smallbach came on in relief in the seventh and finished the game by inducing a groundout to second with two runners on and Redwood clinging to a two run lead.