Tigers hold Loggers in check

Knappa's Trevor Oja jumps out of the way after tagging Stanfield's Mario Madrigal at second base Friday in the Tigers' 8-3 win over the Loggers in Stanfield.<BR><I>Staff photo by E.J. Harris</i>

STANFIELD - For all their offensive output the day before, the Knappa Loggers couldn't do much at all against Stanfield Friday as Trey Blevins won his first start of the season 8-3.

Blevins pitched six innings for the Tigers (6-1) with six strikeouts and two walks before giving way to Shaun Milbrodt, who struck out two in the seventh to close out the game.

Stanfield coach Bryan Johnson said he had a feeling pitching could be a strength of the team this season but he still is trying to see what roles each pitcher will play with only three games a week during league play.

He said Milbrodt has settled in nicely to the closer role and they'll get a look at another promising arm today when freshman Devin Bailey will take the bump against Dufur for his first varsity start.

"I felt that (pitching) was one of our strengths," Johnson said. "I didn't know if we had a staff ace but we have a lot of guys that can throw strikes."

The Tigers also got improved play from their outfield with no errors on a windy day after a pair of dropped fly balls the day before.

Stanfield had runners on base in every inning Friday and continued to take full advantage defensive miscues and turn them into extra bases.

"We don't have a lot of team speed but I think we have some guys that are smart base runners," Johnson said, adding base running is a huge part of their practices.

Mario Madrigal led the game off taking one for the team when he was hit by a pitch. He reached base four times and scored in the first inning on an RBI single by Quinton Grogan to take an early lead. Grogan went 2 for 3 in the game.

Mike Fisher was 3 for 4 for the Tigers and gave them a 2-0 lead in the third when he hit a double that brought Grogan across the plate. Grogan reached base on a walk.

The Tigers scored the eventual winning run in the fourth to go up 4-0.

Bailey led the inning off with a walk, then stole second before Milbrodt brought him home with a two-strike double.

Tyler Hawkins laid down a drag bunt to reach first base and give them runners on the corners, then a walk loaded the bases.

Blevins then hit a sacrifice fly to end their scoring in the fourth.

"We're just trying to play and get better every day," Johnson said. "I thought we got better (Friday)."

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