Rancho San Diego Granite Hills High baseball coach James Davis was preparing to go out for a steak dinner Friday night. He didn’t know he was going to have company.
Davis offers several incentives for outstanding play. Senior right fielder Josh Rose rang the bell in the Eagles’ 10-2 Grossmont Hills League romp over host Steele Canyon. He slashed two singles, a double and a home run, drove in two and scored three.
The free eats were awarded for his 4-for-4 effort at the plate.
Davis almost seemed caught by surprise that Rose had that many knocks as Granite Hills roughed up three Steele Canyon pitchers for a total of 17 hits.
“You had four?” he asked Rose in a rewarding tone. “That’s great — let’s go eat!”
Rose drove in the first run for the No. 7-ranked Eagles (19-7, 8-3) with a sharp single to right center. He capped his outing with a towering home run to left field.
“When I hit the ball I was thinking double,” Rose said. “Then I saw the left-fielder (Jordan Johnson) leap above the fence and come down with his glove empty.”
It was the fourth homer of the season for Rose.
“We really are a good-hitting team when we focus,” Rose said. “We were really into our game a lot better than we have been lately.”
Granite Hills swept the three-game season series from Steele Canyon (12-13, 4-7).
“We seem to play well every time we face those guys,” Rose added. “I guess you could say we’re rivals.”
Junior Jayson Rose, brother of Josh and one of three sets of brothers on the Eagles roster, pitched five innings to notch his fourth win in seven decisions. He allowed two runs on two hits and struck out seven.
By winning, the Eagles remain one game behind front-running Grossmont (20-6, 9-2).