The Redwood baseball team’s pitching duo of Jacob Labogin and Rickie Garcia has been giving West Yosemite League hitters fits all season.
Through five league games, Redwood has surrendered just three runs.
Labogin got the start Tuesday and he delivered another solid outing as the Rangers defeated Golden West 10-0 at Aaron Hill Field.
It was Redwood’s third shutout of the West Yosemite League season.
Labogin pitched five innings, giving up four hits. He recorded just one strikeout but kept Golden West hitters off balance the entire game.
Garcia tossed the final two innings to complete the four-hit shut out.
“He did what we asked of him,” Redwood coach Dan Hydash said about Labogin. “We actually asked for him to go four and he gave us five good innings. He keeps guys off balance, he finds the strike zone and trusts his defense.”
The pitching has been great for the Rangers, and now it looks like the offense is starting to catch up, which should worry opposing WYL coaches.
Redwood recorded 11 hits against Golden West.
The Rangers jumped all over Trailblazer ace Troy Stainbrook in the first inning.
Corey Davis led off with a walk, Eric Charles singled and Jace Chamberlin took the first pitch he saw over the right-field fence to give Redwood a 3-0 lead.
“I had a first pitch approach that at-bat,” Chamberlin said. “I was thinking first pitch and it happened to be in my zone.”
It was the second straight game Chamberlin hit a home run to provide the Redwood offense with a spark.
“That’s two games where he set the tone for us,” Hydash said. “He got us going and led the way in two big games now. That was huge for us.”
Chamberlin’s three-run home run was more than enough offense for Redwood against a Golden West team that struggled to get anything going offensively.
“In the first inning, we put a little pressure on them and had good approaches at the plate,” Golden West coach Rick Lantrip said. “They go out and throw up three in the bottom of the first and that was pretty much the ballgame for us. At this point, we have to get better. We have to understand that you’re going to be behind at times and you have to fight through it. You’re down three in the first, but there’s a lot of baseball left. You can’t roll over in situations like that or this is what happens.”
Redwood poured it one with a five-run fourth inning. Chase Proctor drove in a run with a single, and Nate Keavy drove in a pair of runs with a single of his own.
“The pitching has been good all year for us and the defense has been solid, but it’s all about our offense,” Hydash said. “I like what we’re getting offensively. It comes down to getting better at-bats and hopefully we can keep doing what we’re doing and keep rolling with it.”
Davis set the table for Redwood, reaching base three times. He went 1-for-2 with two walks, one RBI and three runs scored, Garcia went 1-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored, Jordan Arnold went 1-for-2 and Jonathan Sanchez went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Rangers (9-8, 4-1) have a bye Thursday and close out the first half of the WYL season against Mt. Whitney at 7 p.m. Monday at Recreation Park.
Golden West, which received singles from Chase Champlin, Stainbrook, Gio Estrada and Derek Glasgow, fell to 1-3 in league and 10-5 overall.
They will look to get back on track when they play at Lemoore at 4:15 p.m. Thursday.
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WP: Labogin. LP: Stainbrook.
Top hitters — Golden West: Champlin 1-3; Stainbrook 1-2 BB; Estrada 1-2; Glasgow 1-2. Redwood: Davis 1-2 3 runs, RBI, SB, 2 BB; Charles 1-1 SB, HBP, run; Keavy 1-3 2 RBI; Chamberlin 1-3 HR, 3 RBI; Garcia 1-2 3B, HBP, 2 runs; Proctor 1-2 RBI, HBP, run; Sanchez 2-3 RBI, run; Jake Gilbreath 1-1; Jim Bailey 1-1; Steve Hughes RBI.
Records: Golden West 10-5, 1-3, Redwood 9-8, 4-1.