Granite Hills left-hander Trenton Brooks, shown pitching earlier in the season, retired the final 11 batters he faced Thursday in the Eagles' win over La Costa Canyon.
el cajon After being stung by La Costa Canyon two days earlier, Granite Hills High brought out ace left-hander Trenton Brooks, who not only settled the score but earned the host Eagles a berth in the San Diego Section Open Division baseball final against Rancho Bernardo on Saturday at USD.
Rocking Granite Hills 10-1 on Tuesday to force an elimination game Thursday, the Mavericks could muster only three hits against Brooks, who struck out seven and walked none as the Eagles prevailed 3-1.
“Now that was exciting,” said Brooks (7-2), who retired the final 11 hitters in a row.
Said Eagles coach James Davis: “Brooks was simply amazing. When the stakes are the highest he always comes up with something special.”
The Mavericks saw their chances wane when cleanup hitter Shayne Davern worked the count to 3-0 leading off the seventh only to have Brooks throw three straight strikes for the first out. The final two hitters rolled over quickly.
“Brooks is just a great pitcher who buckled down when he had to,” said LCC coach Justin Machado.
Jordan Verdon was 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Eagles (25-9). Josh Rose added a pair of doubles and scored a run, while his brother Jayson Rose was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
“It’s an awesome feeling to be going to the championship,” Josh Rose said.