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Big inning lifts Tigers over Wolverines

by Mike Russo sports editor

Tolleson (17-5) has had difficulty scoring runs all season, having to rely on small ball to scratch out runs and win games.

uprising by Millennium as the Tigers went on to an 8-6 home victory Tuesday. The win was Millennium’s eighth in its last nine games, and second over Tolleson in a week, and elevated its record to 11-6-1. Millennium’s six runs in the bottom of the second put Tolleson in a hole from which it could not extract itself. “The six spot was a little too much for


Small ball was not enough to overcome a six-run, second- inning

us to overcome,” Tolleson coach Scott Richardson said. “We are not the type of team that can put up crooked numbers. The six runs we gave up in the second cost us the game.” “We did a good job of bunching our hits in the second, getting the six runs,” Millennium coach Mike Jacobs said. The Tigers took a 6-0 lead in the second

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MILLENNIUM THIRD BASEMAN A.J. Diggs tags out Tolleson’s Johnny Garcia, who was trying to advance to third on a ground ball to third. Diggs started the Tigers’ six-run second-inning uprising that carried them to an 8-6 home victory Tuesday.

Ground attack helps Youngker past Desert Edge

by Casey Pritchard assistant sports editor

For the first time in school history Youngker pulled out a victory against former Skyline Region foe Desert Edge. The Rough Riders got a splendid pitching performance

from Tim Griego and put together a pair of five-run innings to top the Scorpions, 11-1, on Tuesday. “Any time we play Desert Edge we get fired up,” Youngker coach Dustin Sifford said. “It’s an old region game and for the last two years they beat us four times. This is the first time we’ve beates them, so we really wanted that one. Our program is growing and getting better, and this game shows that.”


The loss for Desert Edge came one day after an emotional 2-1 victory over Shadow Ridge. The Scorpions have played a lot of baseball lately, and were not at their sharpest. “We got caught in a perfect storm,” Desert Edge coach Chuck Molett said. “We had 10 games in 10 days, a huge win yesterday in the last inning. It was one of those things that you could see exhaustion took over. I told them, in my opinion we got beat because of lack of focus because of what we had to endure the last 10 days.” Youngker broke open a tight game with five runs in

the fifth inning, doing so without hitting a ball out of the infield. The Rough Riders had an infield hit, a bunt single, had three batters hit by a pitch and Desert Edge helped by committing two infield errors. “Bases loaded, they hit a couple balls we wanted but we couldn’t make the plays on them,” Molett said. “It’s not like they beat it around on us.” Youngker’s ground attack was effective, and the product of changing their approach at the plate. “We’ve been popping the ball up too much,” Sifford said. “I know when we put it on the ground good things happen, the ball finds holes. We got ground balls and it all worked out.”

on a walk to A.J. Diggs, followed by consecutive singles by Hunter Brock, Tyrell King and Sammy Rimer. King’s hit was a perfectly placed bunt down the first- base line. “Tyrell’s bunt was big, it got us going in the second,” Jacobs said. “He did it on

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YOUNGKER’S TIM GRIEGO bats against Betty Fairfax Feb. 29. It was Griego’s mound work that carried the Rough Riders to an 11-1 win over Desert Edge Tuesday. Griego scattered five hits to earn the win.

Good start for Youngker Youngker got on the board in the top of the first when Angel Hernandez hit a solo home run to right field that made it 1-0. “I was feeling pretty comfortable in my stance, so I took a hack at it and fortunately it went out,” Hernandez said. “I got it pretty good, I got it on the barrel. I didn’t think it was going to go over, but thankfully it did.” Desert Edge tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth when Josh Famolaro doubled to lead off the inning, went to third on a wild pitch and two batters later Drew Jenkins singled up the middle, scoring Famolaro. However, it didn’t take long for Youngker to untie the game with their five-run fifth inning off Desert Edge

starter Hunter Miller. Jacob Portillo reached on an infield single to second and Avery Elliott was hit in the head by a pitch. Griego tried to move both runners over with a bunt, but he placed it perfectly on the chalk down the third base line and wound up with a single that loaded the bases. “I was just trying to move the runners over but I found the perfect opportunity to lay it down and hustle down the line, and it turned into a hit,” Griego said. After a fly out to shallow center, Frankie Celaya hit a ball to first base that Sawyer Lung fielded and fired home, but his throw skipped and catcher Josh Cruz could not hang on, giving Youngker a 2-1 lead. Hernandez then

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