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his own. He has a green light to bunt any time.”

“I do that regularly,” King said. “Most of my hits have been bunts.” Aaron Diggs drove in two runs with a double off the left-field fence and Josh Rojas and Anthony Davison followed with run-scoring doubles to close out the outburst.

Tolleson failed to score in the top of the second after loading the bases on two walks and an error. With one out and the bases loaded, a Ruben Rincon pitch got away from catcher Brock for a passed ball. However, the runner at third, Billy Wilson, hesitated and was then out at the plate attempting to score. Rincon was

spiked on his pitching hand on the play and developed a blood blister under this thumb nail. The blister would come into play later in the contest. “I couldn’t put pressure on the ball

All six runs came off Tolleson starter Gabe Quintero. He then gave way to Isaac Parra, who went the final four frames. The six runs were especially big after

scoring position. A Rimer sacrifice fly delivered the first run and King scored on an Aaron Diggs double. Tolleson refused to surrender and plated a pair of runs in the seventh off reliever Seth Nash after being down to its last strike. Toledo smacked a two-out single to left to start the rally. Joseph Melcor walked and both runners moved up 90 feet on a passed ball. Quintero laced a single to center, scoring both runners. Nash retired Parra on a bouncer to shortstop to end the game. “We battled to the end,” Richardson said. “I wouldn’t expect anything less from this team.” Rincon was credited with the win,

“Overall, I’m pretty pleased with our approach at the plate. We have to focus on keeping the ball out of the air. There are more opportuni- ties for mistakes to be made on ground balls. The fielder has to catch the ball, make a good throw and someone has to catch the ball.”

Millennium baseball coach — Mike Jacobs

working six innings. He gave up four runs, three earned, on three hits, while striking out seven, including the first three of the game, walking five, hitting four batters and throwing a wild pitch. “I was feeling pretty good before [the collision at the plate],” Rincon said. “Everything was working. I struggled a bit after that.”

did a good job early varying his pitches,” Richardson said. “He threw his curveball for strikes.”

with my thumb and lost control,” Rincon said.

Wolverines break through Tolleson finally got on the scoreboard in

the fifth inning, tallying three runs despite getting only one hit and failing to get the ball out of the infield. Rincon hit the first three batters in the inning and then walked Eddie Villa to force in a run. After Wilson struck out, Vincent Ortega got an infield single, driving in the second run. Hector Toledo was hit by a pitch, forcing in the third run. “Ruben started to feel [the blister] a bit in the fifth,” Jacobs said.

pretty good job in that situation,” Jacobs said.

his two innings, he yielded six runs, five earned, on six hits. He struck out three and walked one.

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TOLLESON RIGHT FIELDER Ricky Garcia leaps at the fence and takes away an extra base hit from Millennium leadoff hitter Josh Rojas in the first inning of the Tigers’ 8-6 win Tuesday.




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Jacobs said he thought about replacing Rincon when he struggled in the fifth. “We had guys up,” Jacobs said. “His pitch count was about 100 at the time. We like to see guys work their way out of trouble. Our goal is to have guys throw complete games.” Tolleson closed the gap to 6-4 in the sixth on a Johnny Garcia double to center field, a fielder’s choice and a wild pitch. The Tigers tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the home half of the frame. Brock led off with a single and King followed with a single to right, that was mishandled for an error, putting both runners in

two earned runs on five hits. He did not strike out a batter and walked one. “Our pitching staff will have success if batters get themselves out,” Richardson said. “They don’t have overpowering stuff. Millennium’s hitters were patient.” King led the Tigers’ 11-hit attack with three hits, two runs scored and a run batted in. “Overall, I’m pretty pleased with our approach at the plate,” Jacobs said. “We have to focus on keeping the ball out of the air. There are more opportunities for mistakes to be made on ground balls. The fielder has to catch the ball, make a good throw and someone has to catch the ball.” Ortega’s two hits led the Wolverines. The Tigers were scheduled to host Surprise

Valley Vista Thursday while Tolleson was slated to play at Scottsdale Chaparral. The results were unavailable at press time. Millennium will return to the diamond at 4 p.m. today, hosting Surprise Willow Canyon.


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final inning, giving up two runs, one earned, on two hits. He fanned one and walked one. “Nash did a

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