Varsity settles for a tie against San Marin

3/4: In a back and forth game at the frozen tundra of Moody field (yes, it was very, very cold), the Giants battled to a 7-7 draw with San Marin. Both teams had 10 hits and 3 errors, and both teams had clutch plays/hits and mini-meltdowns in the game.

Rex Solle got the start for the Giants and he mostly pitched well. He threw four and two-thirds innings, giving up 3 runs on 3 hits with 4 strikeouts and 4 walks. Solle got out of a couple of jams in the early innings. In the second, San Marin loaded the bases and Solle proceeded to strike out the 1,2 hitters with nasty off-speed pitches. In the third, San Marin had a man at third with 1 out. Solle struck out the next hitter and then induced a check-swing ground ball to keep the game scoreless. Solle appeared to have the game under control until a San Marin hitter crushed a two-run home run to right. Johhny Bayler came in and finished the fifth.

The top of the order was productive for the Giants. Cole McGowan and Merritt Brinckerhoff both went 2-4, and Charlie Welch went 3-4, including the perfect execution of a suicide squeeze.  Luca Bove, Rory Minty and Johnny Bayler also had hits for the Giants. Matty Jensen made his debut for the Giants, tallying 3 RBIs. Connor Yang had an excellent slash bunt in the fourth, driving in a run. Unfortunately, Yang was injured and had to leave the game.

The Giants had a 6-4 lead going in to the top of the seventh, but couldn’t hold it. San Marin scored 3 to take the lead. In the bottom of the seventh, Redwood put men on first and third with one out. Inexplicably, the San Marin catcher threw down to second on a steal, conceding the tying run, which scored from third on the throw. Darkness prevented the game from going into extra frames, but the game will continued on Monday, March 7.

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