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Foothill baseball: A starting place

Golden Valley wins its first Foothill League game of season

Posted: April 2, 2010 10:10 p.m.
Updated: April 3, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Canyon's Jacob Kelsey, right, slides into third base as Golden Valley's Jon Granado waits for the throw Friday at Canyon.

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All it took for Golden Valley to claim its first Foothill League win of the year was some clutch hitting and solid relief pitching.

Fortunately for the Grizzlies, it only took two players to deliver both, and with that a 12-8 victory over Canyon at Canyon High Friday afternoon.

"Jon (Granado) and Justin (Jamroz) really stepped up and it was all them (winning that game)," said Golden Valley head coach Scott Drootin.

It took the entire team to achieve the win, but it was Granado's bat and Jamroz's arm that were the keys to Golden Valley's (4-7, 1-4) win.

After Granado's two-RBI single in the first put the Grizzlies ahead 3-0, Canyon (1-10, 0-5) stepped up in the bottom of the second and pounded Grizzly starter Scott Barlow for seven runs.

"That's what we hope to do in the future, just in multiple innings," said Canyon head coach Adam Schulhofer.

The Cowboys used just two hits, but got the benefit of four walks, one hit-batsman and one error to take a 7-3 lead.

In the third, Jamroz came on in relief and made sure there would be no multiple inning outbursts from Canyon.
Jamroz finished the game throwing four innings and allowing only three hits, while keeping Canyon off the scoreboard.

"He's been somewhat consistent for us," Drootin said of Jamroz. "He's been throwing strikes but he was on fire today. This was a big game for him."

From getting out of a jam in the third, to going 1-2-3 in the fourth, Jamroz kept the Grizzlies in the game and gave the offense a chance to come back.

"I was just feeling it in the bullpen," Jamroz said. "I had a couple of bad outings and I wanted this one really bad."

While Jamroz kept the Canyon bats quiet, Granado led the offense on the comeback trail and single-handedly caught and passed the Cowboys from the right side of the plate.

Coincidentally, Granado was coming off a benching two games ago. Since then, it's been paying dividends as Granado ripped a home run in his last game against West Ranch and then delivered with two big hits on Friday.

"I benched him the other day for not being patient enough at the plate and I think it lit a fire under him," Drootin said.

Down 8-5 in the top of the fourth with two outs and two strikes and the bases loaded, Granado patiently waited for a curveball from J.T. Arguellez and smashed it to the wall in left field, clearing the bases and tying the game.

"I knew he gave me a curveball earlier and I swung through it, so I just sat back and let it get deep," Granado said.

In the sixth, Granado singled to left scoring Brandon Smith and completing the comeback, putting the Grizzlies up 9-8, a lead which Jamroz wouldn't relinquish.
Golden Valley tacked on two more runs to finish the sixth, and one more in the seventh to provide the final 12-8 margin.

"We proved we can fight and come back when we're down," Drootin said. "It's nice to get our first league win, but the guys are starting to believe that they can come back and win."


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