2/27: There was no traditional bunting lining the fences, the sun shined bright but it was unusually frigid, and there were fireworks of a different kind as the Giants exploded for eleven runs while shutting out the Montgomery Vikings at their home opener at Moody Field.
Sophomore Nick Welch earned his first Varsity win, pitching four innings, scattering two hits and striking out three.
Senior Josh Cohen pitched a scoreless inning, striking out one and Senior Blake Cusick pitched the final two innings, giving up just one hit while striking out two.
The Giants pitching staff combined for a shut out, giving up three hits, walking one, while striking out seven. All told, only three Vikings players reached base. “They did a great job,” Head Coach Mike Firenzi said about Welch, Cohen, and Cusick, “I like our chances to win a game when we hold the other team to no runs. It was also great to see Welch get his first Varsity win.”
While the Giants pitching staff stood tall on the mound, at the plate they provided run support from the jump, scoring six runs in the bottom of the first inning. Anthony Pomilia started the rally by launching a double to left. Genki LeClair advanced Pomilia to third and reached first on a swinging strike three, setting the table for Mackie Skall. Skall drove in Pomilia on a single to left, putting the Giants up 1-0. Luke Zlatunich singled to left. After a strike out, Michael Connors singled to center, scoring LeClair and Skall. With one out, Dane Goodman blasted a triple to the center-field gap, plating Zlatunich, putting the Giants up 5-0. Dio Cornet sent Goodman home by hitting a hot smash to the shortstop that he couldn’t handle. After the dust settled, the Giants finished the frame leading the Vikings by a score of 6-0.
Michael Connors led off the bottom of the third with a single. Dane Goodman would send Connors home on his second extra base hit, a double to left and advanced to third when the relay throw was bobbled by the shortstop. Sam Warren drove in Goodman on a single to center, putting the Giants up 8-0. With two outs, Genkie LeClair singled to right, driving in Warren. Mackie Skall tripled to left scoring LeClair. Luke Zlatunich and Jack Morkin were both plunked by pitches, and after the two bean-balls loaded the bases, Michael Connors earned his third RBI the easy way, taking a bases loaded walk, plating Skall. The Giants went into the top of the fourth leading 11-0, which would be the final score of the game.
The Giants also played flawless defense, committing no errors in the field.
Jackson Barry, Sam Warren, Jack Morkin, Luke Zlatunich and Genki LeClair all had hits for the Giants with LeClair and Warren both knocking in runs. Anthony Pomilia, Michael Connors and Dane Goodman contributed two hits each with Connors and Goodman combining for six RBI’s, knocking in three runs apiece. Mackie Skall led all Giants hitters with three hits, knocking in two runs. “Everyone contributed today, we pitched well, we hit, we played defense. Tomorrow we will have a bit of a tougher test, but we are ready”, Firenzi said.
Redwood will face off against the Casa Grande Gauchos on Wednesday on the road at 3:30.