SAN DIEGO — Santana High, the defending San Diego Section 3-A baseball champion, is finding out that while it may be easy winning one title, it's always much harder the second time around.
The third-ranked Sultans were dealt their second consecutive loss Friday as fourth-ranked Granite Hills moved into first place in the Grossmont League with a 6-3 victory at Granite Hills.
Earlier this week, Santana (4-2 in league and 10-5 overall) dropped a 9-4 decision to seventh-ranked Valhalla.
"Sure, it was a tough week for us," Santana Coach Marty Nellis said. "But this is the kind of team that can come back. I'll tell you one thing, when the dust clears, we'll be there."
Against the Eagles, Santana jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on back-to-back home runs by Jeff Gay and Jim Franco in the first inning. But Granite Hills starter Fred Helm (6-2) settled down thereafter and allowed just two hits the rest of the way to help the Eagles improve their league record to 5-1 and their overall mark to 13-3.