Redwood Frosh top San Marin 7-0 on combined no-hitter

Nick Welch pitched six innings of no hit baseball and Alex Hagen came in for the seventh inning and needed just eight pitches to retire the side in order and secure the combined no-hitter and the 7-0 win for the Redwood Freshmen.  Thus San Marin would go hitless in the two game series this year as Welch threw a complete game no-hitter the last time the two teams met in March.

Redwood scored four runs in the first inning even after the first two batters were retired.  Jonathan Yu got things started with a single and Welch followed with another single with Yu ending up at third.  With Alex Hagen up, Yu and Welch executed a double steal with Yu crossing the plate for Redwood’s first run. Hagen who started with an 0-2 count then coaxed a walk.  Jake Gassman followed with another walk loading the bases for Drake Goodman who promptly dropped a two-run single into right field putting Redwood up 3-0.  After another walk to Lucas Roy, Jackson Reed made it four walks in the inning driving in the fourth run in the process.

The second inning would also be a productive one for Redwood as Jesse Gassman led off with a walk.  Gassman advanced to second on a throwing error and then to third on a passed ball.  Yu was then hit by a pitch putting runners at first and third for Welch.  After Gassman was picked off at third, Yu stole second and then Welch cashed him in with a single and a 5-0 lead.

Welch added a sacrifice fly in the fourth plating Jesse Gassman.  Redwood completed the scoring with another single run in the fifth for the 7-0 final when Jake Gassman led off with a double and advanced to third on a single by Ben Rafner.  With one out, Redwood again executed a double steal this time with Jake Gassman scoring and Rafner taking second.

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