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Granite Hills star gets the win and the girl

05/10/2013, 11:00pm PDT
By Bill Dickens, Special to the U-T

Eagles slugger gets game-winning RBI and date to the prom.

— Sean Walker couldn’t script it any better.

Not only did he slam a walk-off two-run double Friday to give host Granite Hills a 5-4 Grossmont Hills League baseball win over Grossmont, he also landed a date with Victoria Harding for the senior prom.

“That’s some day,” said coach James Davis, whose Eagles (21-7, 10-3) moved a game ahead of Grossmont (20-8, 9-4) with two contests remaining in the regular season.

After Walker’s game-winning hit, Harding was led by one of the Eagles to home plate wearing a blindfold. Walker then made his pitch and handed his prom date a bouquet of flowers.

“I was thinking about doing this about a week ago,” Walker said. “We’ve been going together for three months so to have all the things come together today is a really good feeling.”

Granite Hills was trailing 4-3 entering the bottom of the seventh.

“I told Sean he could carry out his plan as long as we won the game,” Davis said.

“I wasn’t worried,” Walker said. “I believe in my teammates and I knew we’d come back.”

The Eagles didn’t make an out in the final frame. Trenton Brooks led off with a single and Noah Cummings followed with a double.

“I told Noah ‘You know, this is a bunting situation,’ but he convinced me to let him swing away,” said Davis. “So I rolled the dice and turned him loose.”

Grossmont then intentionally walked Josh Rose to load the bases. Walker promptly hammered the ball into left field, giving the Eagles the victory.

Grossmont had erased a 3-2 deficit with two runs in the top of the seventh. The key blow was an RBI double on an 0-2 pitch by Hunter Stratton. Peyton Lindsay then put the Foothillers in front with a triple.

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