Varsity Come Up Short in Home Pre-Season Opener

2/24:  If you enjoy the game of baseball you have most likely logged a few hours at your local Little League field.  If you are a fan of Little League Baseball, you have watched the Little League World Series on TV.  If you watched in 2012 when Petaluma National made their amazing run to the US Championship game in Williamsport, the name Danny Marzo should be a familiar name to you.  Marzo had the 2nd most strikeouts in the tournament (17) in 7.2 innings with a win and an ERA of 2.34.  Marzo may be best remembered for his walk-off homer in the bottom of the 8th inning against New Jersey in an elimination game.

Just a little less than five years later, Marzo took the mound at Moody Field hoping to end Redwood’s two game winning streak against his Trojans.  He did so in dominating fashion.  Striking out four Giants while giving up just one hit.

Oliver Pearson got the start for the Giants on the mound and held the Trojans scoreless through two, but gave up a run in the top of the third.  Redwood tied the score in the bottom of the frame when Dane Goodman lead off the inning with a 0-2 double in the right-center alley.  Pascal Brassey sent him to third on a grounder to the right side and Trevor Foehr dropped a perfect bunt down the third base line, scoring Goodman.

With the score tied 1-1 in the top of the fourth Petaluma unleashed on Giants pitching scoring three runs on four hits.  After giving up a run on two hits and a walk, Pearson was relieved by Josh Cohen, who also gave up two hits and two runs.  Cohen struck out Marzo to end the inning with two runners on.

Petaluma scored another three runs in the fifth and sixth inning, but were sent down 1-2-3 on the top of the seventh by reliever Michael Benz.  With the score 7-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Danny Marzo earned his first win of the season by striking out the first two batters of the inning and after walking Micheal Connors, ended the game on a ground-out to the shortstop.

This is the first time that Redwood has had a losing record since Mike Firenzi has been Head Coach.  “I’m not worried”, Coach Firenzi said after the game when asked how he felt about taking his first loss against Petaluma since he’s been at Redwood.  “We are still figuring things out, we’ve got a lot of young talent and of our returning starters, only three are playing positions they played last year.  We’ll be fine.”

Dane Goodman had the only hit for the Giants, a double.  Oliver Pearson took the loss.

The Giants are on the road against Serra on Tuesday at 3:30.

 

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