East County Sports

‘B-lou,’ Eagles avenge St. Augustine, 2-0

Granite Hills pitcher Brenden Lewia / Photo by Dan Barnes



ECS staff report

Granite Hills 2, St. Augustine 0

IEL CAJON – In last week;s battle between these two ballclubs, both ranked in the Top 5 depending on which ratings service you desire, St. Augustine took a 2-0 decision from Granite Hills on a 2-hitter.

Meeting again in Tuesday’s (Mar. 26) renatch, the Eagles were able to reverse their fortunes almost exactly.

Behind a solid 2-hit, complete game by Brenden “B-Lou” Lewis, Granite Hills avenged the setback by downing the Saints by their own shutout, 2-0, in the second of four rounds this week.

On the mound, Lewis pitched as sharp as ever, limiting the Saints to just a pair of singles while striking out six batters.

Then at the plate, Lewis proved to be lethal. The senior went 1-for-1 with a pair of walks,including the lone run he would need in the first inning.

While Lewis held full command, the St. Augustine pitcher come out of the bullpen not ready to play.

With one down, Lewis accept the first of three consecutive walks to load the bases on 12 pitches. And when another pitched bounded under his catcher to the backsgtop, Lewis sprinted home — no courtesy runner for this pitcher — for a 1-0 lead.

The other Eagles run came in the second, courtesy of the bottom half of the batting order, as Tommy Entrekin knocked in Trevor Smith from third base with a grund ball to the right side of the diamond.

The run was technically unearned as an error on a dropped popup by the pitcher (who was not facing the sun).

Meanwhile, Lewis, who allowed a one-out single in the first, did not allow another Saints hit until the seventh, firing 5.2 frames of no-hit ball.

Granite Hills (9-2 overall) returns home Wednesday against another highly ranked club, taking on Torrey Pines at 4 p.m.

St. Augustine fell to 9-2 despite a pair of pitchers throwing a composite 3-hitter. The other Eagles hits were by underclassmen — sophomore Scott Russell and freshman Eurijah Schutza.

  • Compiled by Nick Pellegrino

    Brenden Lewis scores on a wild itch for a 1-0 lead, the only run needed to trio St. Augustine, 2-0 / Photo by Dan Barnes