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Morano’s dominance catapults Granada baseball

Granada's Josh Morano pitches against San Ramon Valley on March 17, 2021. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo
Granada's Josh Morano pitches against San Ramon Valley on March 17, 2021. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

After a long wait, Granada sophomore pitcher and first baseman Josh Morano is on the diamond and dominating.

Morano, in his first start of the year, pitched 3.1 scoreless innings, allowing no hits and striking out two batters in a 6-1 victory over San Ramon Valley, which catapulted the Matadors to their first of two wins in a rugged East Bay Athletic League.

“It felt great to finally get back out there and win with these guys,” Morano said. “It’s been amazing.”

But this was a performance Morano was born for, dating back to when he began his playing career on the diamond as a 5-year-old.

When Morano was 9 years old, his coaches saw he had an uncanny ability as a left-handed pitcher to make a name for himself someday and maybe take this thing to the next level.

Which is exactly what he will do in a few years.

Morano announced his commitment to the University of Arizona on Jan. 29.

“It was good,” Morano said. “Me and coach (Nate) Yeskie got along very well, and (head) coach (Jay) Johnson. And I just loved it up there and it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

“Coach Jesse is one of the best pitching coaches up there, and I wanted to learn from him and hopefully make it to the next level after that.”

All of the conversations with Arizona’s pitching coach certainly sold Morano on the Pac-12 program, where he feels it is a perfect fit for him.

“Coach Yeskie is one of the best pitching coaches up there, and I wanted to learn from him and hopefully make it to the next level after that,” Morano said.

As Morano and Granada are 2-0 in one of the country’s toughest leagues, outscoring San Ramon Valley in their series 17-6, they are aiming for some of the highest of goals, beginning with a 4 p.m. home tilt Wednesday against California.

What Morano wants is a league title, something Granada last accomplished when it was nationally ranked in 2013.

“I want to win league for our team, and hopefully my ability can help our team win that,” Morano said.

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