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Pitching galore boosts Granite Hills in playoff opener

05/22/2013, 9:22pm PDT
By Bill Dickens, Special to the U-T

Eagles can take their pick among top talent on the mound.

— One thing Granite Hills High baseball coach James Davis has is choices — plenty of them.

Davis has confidence in all his pitchers, and he proved it in Wednesday’s first round of the San Diego Section Open Division playoffs against visiting Torrey Pines.

Most followers of No. 2-seeded Granite Hills figured senior left-hander Trenton Brooks would start the postseason opener. Not so. Sean Walker got the call and handcuffed No. 7 Torrey Pines in a 9-2 victory.

Make no mistake. Walker is no slouch on the hill. The senior right-hander came in with an East County-best 0.83 ERA and a 5-0 record.

Brooks ranks third in East County with a 1.59 ERA. Instead of pitching, he started in center field and reached base all four times, scoring twice for the Eagles (23-8).

Walker scattered six hits over six innings and allowed one run before sophomore Daniel Vasquez pitched the seventh.

“I found out last week that I was probably going to get the start in the first playoff game,” Walker said. “It’s kind of an honor, but we have a lot of guys that could’ve done it. I’m glad Coach had confidence in me.”

Walker also contributed at the plate with three hits, two RBIs and two runs against the Falcons (13-18).

Eagles senior shortstop Noah Cummings also had three hits with a double, two runs and an RBI.

“It seems like when one guy hits we all hit,” Cummings said of the Eagles’ 14-hit attack.

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