4/9: After two convincing victories on Thursday and Friday, Varsity made it to Saturday’s championship game of the James Logan tournament in Pleasanton. They faced Foothill in a game that everyone knew would be tough. Foothill came into the game as a highly-ranked Bay Area team with a 14-1 record. In addition, the game was as at Foothill’s field, giving them home-field advantage. The game was tight (2-2) going into the bottom of the fifth, but Foothill exploded for 4 runs in the fifth and cruised to a 6-2 victory.
Jerry Omara got the start on the mound for the Giants. He pitched fairly well for 4 innings, only giving up 2 runs, but he appeared to run out of gas in the fifth when he walked 3 batters and gave up a single. He left the game with Giants trailing 3-2, but the bases were loaded with no outs. Nick Gehrman came on in relief and tried to limit the damage, but a weakly-hit bloop single by the first batter he faced knocked in 2 runs, running the score up to 5-2. Gehrman was able to pitch out of the inning, but not before Foothill put another run on the board, leaving the score 6-2 going into the sixth. Neither team scored the rest of the way.
On offense, the Giants only mustered 5 hits. Charlie Welch, Luca Bove, Matty Jessen, Rex Solle, and Nick Gehrman each had a hit for the Giants. The Giants’ two runs were driven in by Luca Bove (single) and Jerry Omara (sac fly).
On a sad note, Merritt Brinckerhoff injured his toe in the Santa Rosa game and was not able to play today. The date of his return is unknown.
The Giants are now 13-5, 8-2 in MCAL. The Giants return to MCAL play next week with a 2-game series against Archie.