RANCHO SAN DIEGO Daniel Vasquez is not a member of the Breakfast Club. In fact, he wasn’t even born when the movie came out in 1985.
But the Granite Hills High junior right-hander loves to pitch on Saturdays.
“There are just so many positive things when you pitch on Saturdays,” Vasquez said, “like not having to go to school before the game. I feel so much more relaxed. It’s not rush-rush-rush.”
Vasquez was on top of his game Saturday at Steele Canyon as he pitched a complete game seven-hitter while walking none and striking out five.
But pitching was only part of his contribution to the Eagles’ 3-2 victory. He also blasted a two-run homer in the top of the seventh to erase a 2-1 deficit.
That victory was the start to a Granite Hills Grossmont Hills League doubleheader sweep of the Cougars as the Eagles won the second-game marathon 5-3 in 12 innings. Vasquez, who played center field in the nightcap, was 2-for-5.
“I never go up there thinking about hitting a home run,” Vasquez said.
He shouldn’t. Granite Hills has only three homers in 19 games this season. However, the Eagles still find ways to win as evidenced by their 13-6, 4-1 record.
The hit that decided the opening game at Steele Canyon cleared the fence with a few feet to spare.
“I made it look like I was going to slash the ball,” Vasquez recalled, “but then I squared up and got a fastball inside. I made good contact.”
As for his pitching, Vasquez notched his fifth win without a loss. He has a 2.00 ERA in 35 innings.
“The majority of my pitches were two-seamers and I stayed with it because it was working so well,” he said.
Steele Canyon’s hard-luck loser in the opener, Alex Vesia, pitched a complete game four-hitter and struck out 11.
In the second game the Cougars (13-7, 2-3) rallied from a 3-1 deficit on a two-run single by Tanner Perry but couldn’t hold on. The Eagles eventually pushed in front on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Justin Mitchell in the top of the 12th.