el cajon When Grossmont High began the baseball season, junior Brandon Weed did not figure prominently in the Foothillers’ plans.
Turns out Weed is one of the hottest pitchers in the Grossmont Hills League at the moment. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound junior right-hander pitched a six-hitter as the Foothillers topped visiting Granite Hills 5-2 on Friday.
Not only did it give Grossmont (17-6, 6-2) a one-game lead over the Eagles (16-7, 5-3) in the league race, it marked Weed’s third consecutive complete-game win.
“My role at the beginning of the season was either coming out of the bullpen or fighting for the No. 3 spot,” Weed said.
However, an injury to one of Grossmont’s starting pitchers, Zach Sestak, prompted coach Chad Williams to elevate Weed into a front-line position.
“Naturally, every pitcher wants to be a starter,” Weed said. “I felt bad for Zach, but I wanted to make the most of my opportunity.”
And so he has.
In his last 21 innings, Weed has allowed 15 hits and five earned runs for a 1.67 ERA. He’s beaten three quality teams — Valhalla, Steele Canyon and Granite Hills.
“No doubt I was more nervous about this game than the first two,” he said. “It was for first place and against one of the top teams in East County.”
Granite Hills jumped on Weed for two runs in the first as Noah Cummings and Josh Rose picked up RBIs.
The Eagles put the first two runners on base in the second inning and that’s when Weed seemed to find his groove. He retired Granite Hills in order in three of the final four innings. He walked two and struck out two.
“Brandon is not going to overpower anybody,” said Grossmont catcher Hunter Stratton. “What he’s good at is locating. He can hit spots with all of his pitches.”
Peyton Lindsay paced Grossmont’s offensive attack with a single, double and an RBI.