Grossmont pitcher Brandon Weed (shown in a game last season) pitched a five-hitter in defeating West Hills on Thursday.
EL CAJON Gradually, the Grossmont Foothillers are making a move for a San Diego Section Division I playoff berth. They’ve won three straight and four of their last five in the Grossmont Hills League.
It would be fair to say that the Foothillers (12-11, 6-4) are on the playoff bubble.
“A lot of things have to happen, most of all we have to keep winning,” said Grossmont baseball coach Chad Williams. “We have five games left, and we need to win at least three if not more. Included in that last round are games against Top 10 teams Granite Hills and Valhalla.”
One of the key performers for the Foothillers is senior pitcher Brandon Weed. He pitched a complete game five-hitter while striking out eight in Grossmont’s 2-0 victory Thursday over the West Hills Wolf Pack at Joe Gizoni Field.
“I think I’m pitching now as well as I have at any point in the season,” said Weed, who improved to 7-4. It took him 91 pitches to finish the job.
Weed was consistently able to throw all four of his pitches — fastball, curveball, change-up and slider — for strikes.
“The majority of the time I threw sliders to the righties and change-ups to the lefties,” he said. “It’s tough pitching when it’s a 0-0 ballgame, but I had great defense behind me.”
Grossmont did not commit an error and turned two double plays.
The Foothillers’ only hits were first-inning singles by Tiger Guerrero and Ryan Barnes.
Starter Joey Krug allowed one unearned run on an error in the sixth for West Hills (10-14, 3-7). Krug was a last-second starter when Trent Topliker was scratched because of a sore arm.
A throwing error in the seventh inning coupled with three walks handed Grossmont an insurance run.