The Redwood Giants 10Us got the new baseball season off to a winning start at the March Mayhem tournament in Medford last weekend.
The Giants were one of three local teams to take home a championship at the season-opening tournament and won all four of their games, including an 8-6 win over the Medford Gashouse in the final.
And they won with some strong all-around play, including some strong pitching, some clutch offense and some stellar defense.
Parker Morgan and Ryder Sweeney led the way on the mound and pitched the majority of the innings between them, with Lucca Pinochi, Bradley Plotz, Casanova Marshall and Grant Banducci each also throwing some big innings.
Several players also contributed at the plate, including Grady Crosswhite who led the way and finished 5-for-8 in tournament play.
Kaden Haskell also impressed at the plate and finished 5-for-9, including hitting a walk-off three-run home run to cap a big rally in one of their games.
The Giants came up clutch on several occasions, battling back from an early 0-4 deficit in the championship game and scoring all of their runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
In addition to his standout pitching, the speedy Morgan also batted .500 and led the team with eight steals, while Sweeney and Treyce Conley each also kickstarted some rallies with some clutch at-bats.
Parker Blasi also had an impact, rounding out a good all-around team performance.
Just as impressively, these 10Us did not make a single error defensively over their final two games.
“In their first tournament this year, you could see how much they’ve played together,” head coach Tyler Conley said.
The Giants, who feature players from Miranda to McKinleyville, will be back in action at the Memorial Day weekend tournament in Medford and will also play at the World Series in Reno in July.
The Six Rivers Kings 13Us and Northern Humboldt Steelheads 12Us each won their brackets at last weekend’s tournament.