Mill Valley pitcher Grauer goes the distance
Turner’s Nolan Williams and EJ Freeman, along with Mill Valley’s Luke Krull, were who the 30 or so scouts in attendance came to see.
What they got instead was an introduction to Tyler Grauer.
The lefty, who has been steady all season, dazzled as he went all seven innings in Mill Valley’s 10-1 victory in game one against the Bears.
Grauer struck out Williams to begin the game and then Tanner Freeman and then EJ Freeman. In the second inning, he struck out Luke Moise, Ricardo Yanez and Daniel Reyna.
Baseball is all about projections, and the scouts seemed to like what they see.
“That was a blast,” catcher Brady Garrison said of catching Grauer. “When he struck out the first six batters, I didn’t even know what to think. I thought he was going to have a perfect game or something.”
The scouts started asking for information on Grauer. What’s his name. How to spell "Gauer." What year in school he was.
What’s not to like about a 6-foot-5 lefty who throws strikes and sits in the high 80s, low 90s with his fastball.
Grauer finished the day with 12 strikeouts while giving up four hits and two walks. He got into a bases loaded jam before Williams hit a sac fly to left. He then struck out Tanner Freeman, and the Jaguars got out of the inning as Garrison caught Josh Bortka too far off of second.
Garrison threw to Shutt at shortstop, who threw to Tanner Reed to get out of the inning.
Garrison said he’s never been behind the plate during a performance that dominant.
“My first two years I played third considering my brother (Tyler) was the catcher,” Garrison said. “I didn’t get to catch a whole lot. At third base I haven’t seen anything like that. Maybe Shae Stephens last year. Grauer is a stud.”
The entire Jaguar team was fired up, and it showed in the bottom of the sixth when they scored six runs.
With the bases loaded and nobody out, AJ Knight hit a comebacker to Bortka, who fell down trying to field the ball. As he threw off balance, he threw past the first base bag and the ball scooted down the line. All three runners scored as Knight went to third.
He was brought in by Garrison, who hit a sacrifice fly to left for his third RBI of the game.
In the first, Garrison tripled to deep center, which scored Knight. In the fifth Garrison doubled, which scored Knight again.
“Flat fastball,” Garrison said of what he was seeing from EJ Freeman. “He was giving me fastballs, I’m not sure why. I was seeing the ball really well. It didn’t have a lot of movement and kept it down on me.
“After the first hit, when I slid into third, I messed up my fingers and that actually helped me hitting because it helped me have looser hands.”
In game two, Mill Valley fell 8-5.