Redwood bats finally showed up – early and often – as the JV Baseball Giants shellacked the host Terra Linda Trojans 13-0, over five innings on a sunny Tuesday afternoon in San Rafael. Center fielder Jack Corvi led the way for the Giants with four hits in four at-bats, including two triples and four RBIs, while starting pitcher Sam Sumski held the Trojans to four hits over four innings.
Redwood’s defense continued to shine, with just one error on the day to the Trojans’ seven. Redwood’s thirteen runs came on eleven hits by eight different batters, a welcome sign of depth in the Giants’ lineup after some sparse showings recently.
Corvi got things going in the first, beating out a grounder to Trojan shortstop Nate Combrink, and advancing to second on a wild pickoff attempt. Giants shortstop Quinn Miller followed with a single to right-center, moving Corvi to third. With one out, catcher Chas Veley proceeded to drive them both in with a soaring fly ball over the head of Trojan center fielder Eli Larsen, whose throw was too late to catch Veley sliding head-first into third base. Left fielder Gavin Soper then scored Veley with a grounder off his fists to second baseman Brody Dagemais, bringing the score to 3-0.
The Trojans briefly threatened in their half of the first, with starting pitcher Hayden Biesiadecki blasting a two-out double off of the fence in right center. First baseman Ben Butler followed with a single up the middle, but Corvi’s strong throw and Sumski’s relay combined to nail Biesiadecki at the plate, with Veley applying the tag in plenty of time to retire the side.
In the top of the second, Corvi struck again. With runners on second and third, the Redwood center fielder drilled a ball through the gap in left-center, sliding into third to make the score 5-0. Miller’s subsequent fly ball to center glanced off of the center fielders glove, scoring Corvi, with Miller advancing to second on the throw home. Biesiadecki then sent Miller to third on a wild pitch, before firing the very next pitch in the dirt past his catcher Oliver Doxon, causing an eager Miller to start towards the plate. Doxon recovered the ball quickly and flipped to Biesiadecki, but Miller, now steaming down the line, was not turning back, and somehow slid in under the tag, bringing the score to 7-0.
In the top of the third, Giants’ left fielder Wyatt Turkington singled under the fielders glove, scoring when Corvi smoked yet another ball through the gap in left-center. Corvi rolled into third with a standup triple – his second of the day – making it 8-0.
The Trojans had their best chance in the bottom of the third. Right fielder Cal Albrecht started off the inning by blooping a single over the head of third baseman Harrison Lapic. Davis followed with what looked to be a double-play ball to short, but instead resulted in an error, leaving runners at first and second. Combrink followed with a sharp grounder up the middle, offering the shortstop redemption, as the nimble shortstop dived to his left to smother the ball, quickly hopping up and firing to first for the first out of the inning.
A walk to Biesiadecki loaded the bases, bringing first baseman Ben Butler to the plate. Butler ripped a liner to center, but Corvi ran in to make the catch, leisurely waiting to lob the ball to first baseman Jordan Kimball, who – ambling back to the bag from his cutoff position – doubling up the wandering baserunner to retire the side.
Redwood batted around in the top of the fifth inning, layering on five additional runs to top off their scoring for the day. The frame was highlighted by contributions from a mix of regulars and some fresh Redwood faces. Julian Kempler got things going with a sharp single to left, followed by an RBI single by Theo Eschliman, scoring Sumski, who had reached on Davis’s fifth error of the game. Kempler scored on Corvi’s fourth hit of the day, a line drive single to left. Corvi, freshly arrived from the Redwood soccer team, now leads all Redwood hitters with an average of .571.
Substitute right fielder Danny Lim reached base for the first time this year, credited with an RBI upon being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. And soon thereafter, Elakai Anela lined a ball up the middle for a single, driving in Miller. Anela now stands as the third-leading hitter on the team at .333, boasting the one hit for his three at-bats on the year.
Cole Engstrom made a ruthlessly efficient appearance to close things out in the bottom of the fifth, blowing the ball past the Trojans and striking out the side on just eleven pitches. With a 13-0 lead after five innings, Redwood earned the benefit of MCAL’s ‘Mercy Rule,’ officially ending the game.
With no confirmation of any official protest from the San Marin Mustangs following last Friday’s pitch count controversy, the Giants are now riding a five-game win streak, during which they’ve outscored their opponents 51-2. Redwood stands 6-3 on the year (3-0 in MCAL play).
It should be kept in mind that Terra Linda’s baseball program was reported barely to have survived the past off-season, due to shrinking participation and a lack of coaches. As a result, and after much recruiting and booster work in San Rafael over the winter, this year’s Trojan JV team is composed entirely of freshmen.
Redwood returns home on Thursday to host the Livermore JV Pokes (Livermore’s varsity nickname is ‘Cowboys’), before hosting this same young Terra Linda team on Friday afternoon at Moody Field.