West Valley View, Avondale, Arizona, Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Local quartet, coach set for all-star game
by Mike Russo sports editor
field, and one coach will be in the West dugout, when the Division I baseball all-star game is played at 7 p.m. June 3 at Surprise Stadium. Millennium head coach Mike Jacobs will be a West assistant. It will be the third time in the last four years that Jacobs has coached in the all-star game.
“This is my third time coaching in the all-star game and I’m 0-2,” Jacobs said. “Getting that first win in the all-star game is the ultimate goal.”
Among the players Jacobs will lean on to help him attain that first all-star win are a quartet of players from local schools: shortstop Anthony Davison and pitcher Ruben Rincon from Millennium, shortstop/pitcher Eddie Villa of Tolleson and Westview’s Shayne Miller, who played all around the diamond.
Helping Jacobs in his quest for his initial all-star triumph is a change in the manner in which the talent is divided.
“This is going to be different [from past all-star games] because of the realignment,” Jacobs said. “This year we have the kids from [Scottsdale] Chaparral, [Phoenix] Desert Mountain and [Phoenix] Pinnacle, as well as the kids from the west side. To coach this type of talent is going to be an enjoyable time.”
Local players Davison batted .368 for the Tigers with seven doubles, tied for second on the team, and two triples. He scored a team-leading 30 runs and batted in 18. He is scheduled to attend Chandler-Gateway Community College. “Anthony continued his progression; not only maturing mentally but as a baseball player,” Jacobs said. “I think he will be able to be a starter in college because of all the hard work he has put in.” Davison played an integral role in helping Millennium post a 19-10-1 record and advance to the second round of the Division I state tournament. “He was huge for us because he could do a lot of
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TOLLESON’S EDDIE VILLA swings at a pitch against Sandra Day O’Connor April 19. Villa, the Wolverines’ Most Valuable Player, has been selected to play for the West in the Division I all-star game June 3 at Surprise Stadium.
Reedy bound for NMSU for softball
by Casey Pritchard assistant sports editor
In four years at Estrella Foothills, Tatum Reedy was a durable backstop, helping the Lady Wolves win a state championship. For the next four years, she’ll try to do the same on a national level for New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.
Reedy signed with the Lady Aggies in late April, getting a chance to further her playing career at the collegiate level. “I’m so excited, I can’t wait to go,” Reedy said. “To
keep playing at a D-I school, not many people get that chance.”
Reedy has a chance to come in and make an immediate impact, as coach Kathy Rodolph expects her to “be able to play right away as a freshman,” she said. “We have a very experienced pitching staff with a
senior, junior, sophomore and freshman,” Rodolph said. “I feel like that’s definitely going to be one of the strengths of our team and I believe Tatum will do a great job managing those guys.” Reedy did an excellent job of that while at Estrella. She caught ace Kasia Smith and the battery mates helped Estrella to a 127-14-1 record during their four-year
(See Reedy on Page 11)
different things; hit for power, hit the ball in the gap,” Jacobs said. “Not only did he contribute with the bat, but he played a key defensive position. It hurt us in the layoff game against Desert Mountain not to have Anthony [who was serving a one-game suspension].”
(See Quartet on Page 14) Four players from local high schools will take the
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ESTRELLA FOOTHILLS CATCHER Tatum Reedy awaits a throw home against Empire May 5 in the Division II state quarterfinal game. Reedy will continue her softball career next season at New Mexico State University.
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