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New era of small ball at Granite Hills

04/10/2014, 8:57pm PDT
By Bill Dickens, Special to the U-T

Eagles, with a history of big bats, haven't hit a home run this spring

Granite Hills junior Daniel Vasquez (shown in a game last season) hit a key double for the Eagles in Thursday's win over West Hills.

— Over the years, Granite Hills High has been known more for its hitting than any other phase of the game. Oh sure, the pitching has been there, but the long ball has been the main ingredient.

Not this year.

The Eagles, who are 2-0 in the Grossmont Hills League and 7-4 overall, have not hit a home run all season.

“That could be a Granite Hills record, if they kept such a thing,” said James Davis, who’s in his 14th year as Eagles baseball coach. “I know for a fact that we’ve never gone 11 games deep into the season since I’ve been here.

“I don’t care what anybody says, these new (BBCOR) bats drain the power.”

In Granite Hills’ 7-2 victory over West Hills on Thursday, the teams combined for seven hits. The Eagles broke open the game with six runs in the sixth inning with the benefit of only one hit — an RBI double by Daniel Vasquez.

Pitchers for West Hills (4-8, 0-2) contributed eight walks in that inning.

“We’ve had to manufacture a lot of our runs by various means,” said Granite Hills senior pitcher Jayson Rose (3-0). “So far we’ve done a pretty good job of doing that.”

Rose turned in a complete game, giving up two runs on three hits. He lost his shutout in the bottom of the sixth on Cole Pendleton’s two-run single for the Wolf Pack.

The damage could have been greater had it not been for a highlight reel, inning-ending play by Eagles second baseman Nate Nguyen. Ironically, the inning began on an error by Nguyen, but he redeemed himself by spearing a ball headed for right field.

“Both of those balls were hit hard,” Nguyen said. “But the last one had more bounce to it and I was able to get my glove on it.”

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