April 2, 2016, Al Endriss Field, Larkspur, CA.: Freshman Pitching Ace, Robbie Wilson, needed just 87 pitches to no-hit Tam High Monday night. Wilson delivered 17 of 24 first pitch strikes, and landed 59 strikes of his complete game total of 87 pitches. Wilson was aided by a Giant defense that seemed confident and relaxed throughout the game, supporting Wilson throughout the contest with help all over the field by infielders Jackson Barry, Nick Cook, Genki LeClair and Ryann Jessen. Redwoods right-fielder, Jack Morken, added to the no hit bid defense in the fourth inning by taking an awkward bouncing ball hit to right field and gunning down the runner at first base, maintaining Wilsons “no-no.”
Tam’s starting pitcher was no picnic for the Redwood offense. Flynn pitched four innings for the Hawk’s, threw 52 pitches, giving up just three runs (2 unearned), three hits and throwing five strikeouts. Yet, the Giants would show the many ways they can score throughout the pitching duel. In the first inning, second baseman, Genki LeClair, would hit a high fly to right field which was mishandled by the Tam right-fielder, leaving the speedy LeClair at second base. Genki would promptly steal third base. Third baseman, Jackson Barry, would follow up with a timely RBI single. (1-0)
In the second inning, Jacob Klionsky was hit by a pitch. Ryan Jessen then took one off the dome to put runners at first and second. Klionsky would steal third. Wilson would help his cause with a two out single, scoring Klionsky from third. (2-0).
In the third, Jackson Barry got things started with a single. Erik Simonson entered the game to pinch run for Barry. Simonson would do his job and steal second. Jack Morken then drove a pitch deep to right-field, but into the defender’s glove, advancing Simonson to third. Designated hitter, Enzo Santa, hit a hard hit ball to the right side of the field, scoring Simonson. (3-0).
The top of the fourth displayed more Giant defense getting the boys back into the dugout. Left Fielder, Dean Watson, led off with a hard hit trouble maker to the shortstop, landing him safely at first. Watson would steal second base. Ryan Jessen would put the ball in play, advancing Watson to third. However, the steady Giants would leave Watson on base, after a bullet to third base by Nick Cook, landed in the third baseman’s glove, catching Watson off base in no-man’s land.
The Giants would not score again until the sixth inning. Jack Morken led off by taking an errant pitch off his head. Morken would go on to test his inability to fly with a head first outstretched steal of second. Dean Watson would come through once again with another hard hit ball to short, allowing Morken to score from second. (4-0) The Giants would go on to load the bases but would be held to just the fourth and final run. Robbie Wilson would retake the hill in the bottom of the seventh and strike out two of the final three batters, securing his impressive no hitter. Final score: 4-0 Giants.
The Giants will take on Marin Catholic this Saturday at 11 a.m. at MC. This game will in all likelihood determine who will take home the MCAL pennant. Please spread the word and show up to cheer on the boys to victory. GO GIANTS!