3/31: The Giants players combined to hit the ball 34 times, scoring 25 runs in their back to back games on Friday and Saturday. On Friday night, the Giants were silent at the plate until the third inning, when they exploded for seven runs. Sam Warren led the inning off with a line drive single to center field.
The Giant’s then went into “small-ball” mode, with bunts by Jake Nordstrom and Jared Robinow to eventually score Warren. Jackson Barry would get walked to load the bases for Ben Cohen, who stayed hot with a single toward second base, scoring Nordstrom. Genki LeClair joined the bunt brigade, successfully landing on first base and scoring Robinow. Alex Hagen put the ball in play, scoring courtesy runner Drake Goodman after a Bull Dog error. Matt Birchenough hit a line drive to center field, scoring Cohen and LeClair. Sam Warren laid down a sacrifice bunt toward the first baseman, scoring Alex Hagen to finish the seven-run third.
The Giants would add a run in the fourth after Jack Morken hit a line drive over the left fielder’s head, landing on second base. Jared Robinow hit a grounder to the right side of the field to easily advance Morken. Jackson Barry then drove the ball to the right fielder, allowing Morken to tag up and score (8-1). The Giants added a run in the sixth after Ben Cohen hit the ball to deep left-center field, landing on third. Cohen would go on to score after Mathew Smalbach put the ball in play (9-1).
Robbie Wilson returned to form, pitching six strong innings of one hit, one run baseball, striking out two. Final Score: 9-1The Giants travelled to Santa Rosa Saturday morning to face Montgomery High School. The game was no contest from the start, as the Giants plated eight runs in the top of the first inning. As the RBI’s piled up, the Giants had 22 hits on the day, with Goodman, Warren, Morken, Cohen, Robinow, and Smalbach each giving a two-hit performance. Genki LeClair had three hits on the day and Jackson Barry led the team to a 16 to 0 victory with four hits. Kyle Felder pitched four shutout innings, striking out three. Matt Smalbach and Haiden Jones pitched in relief of Felder to secure the shutout. Final score: 16-0
The Varsity Giants next face their cross-creek rival, Marin Catholic, in a critical MCAL matchup on Tuesday April 2nd at Moody field. First pitch – 4:30 p.m.