Trying to catch lightning in a bottle at the finish of a three-recreation week, Grossmont baseball coach Jordan Abruzzo referred to as up freshman Jake Romero to start out the championship contest of Saturday’s Grossmont-Mesa-Metropolis Event at Granite Hills High’s impeccably groomed subject.
And Romero seemed like a nervous freshman, walking three, hitting a batter and throwing a pair of wild pitches in 12/three innings towards Cathedral Catholic.
So Abruzzo went to his bullpen early, calling on sophomore Jaden Wilcox, who shortly restored order as the Foothillers rolled to a 9-2 win over the Dons.
“We like Wilcox in aid,” Abruzzo stated. “He competes. He has a bulldog angle. And he throws strikes. That’s the most important factor.
“He has solidified himself as a man we will belief.”
Wilcox came in the recreation with the bases loaded and two out within the second inning and obtained a strikeout to get out of hassle. He worked the ultimate fifty one/three innings, allowing just an unearned run to improve to 2-zero with a pair of saves, decreasing his ERA to 1.21 over 171/three innings.
“I’m learning I can get it down, so it has been a fun yr,” Wilcox stated. “I don’t care if I start or relieve, but I type of like the strain of popping out of the bullpen, although.”
Grossmont (7-4), ranked No. 6 in the county, scored 4 runs in the first inning and one in the second to take control early.
In what turned out to be a sloppy recreation, displaying the shortage of follow for each side due to the rain, there have been 21 hits — 11 by Grossmont — four hit batters, four errors, 5 walks and 5 wild pitches.
“Once you’ve performed extra video games than you’ve had practices, that’s not good,” stated Cathedral Catholic coach Gary Remiker, whose group is now 4-6 and was enjoying its fourth recreation of the week.
“I’ve by no means spent so much time on my cellphone, making an attempt to schedule or reschedule games. Even trying to find a dry neutral website to play.
“With the rain, everyone in the county is in the identical boat.”
Left fielder Kaleb Tedokon led the Grossmont offense with a pair of singles, a two-run double and three RBIs.
DH Brandon Smith drove in two first-inning runs with a single. Shortstop Giovanni Giganti had a pair of hits and scored twice. Second baseman Brodie Romero was on base all four journeys to the plate — drawing a pair of walks, getting hit by a pitch and driving in two with a double. He additionally scored twice.
“The offense lastly received it going,” Abruzzo stated. “It’s nice when some balls fall in.
“I like our club. I feel we’re the No. 1 staff within the county when Jack Hyde pitches.”
The USD-sure Hyde is three-1 with an 0.30 ERA. In 23 innings, he has walked four with 30 strikeouts.
“We’re still making a whole lot of errors when the opposite guys pitch,” Abruzzo stated. “So we’ll go back to work Monday and Tuesday, get in a couple of good practices, then start league play Wednesday.”
The Foothillers open Grossmont Hills League play…