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Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:12 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

The Marana Tigers have struggled through the first half of this baseball season, posting a record of 2-13.

Last year, his first at Marana, coach John Sugameli took the Tigers to a 4-20 mark.

The ray of hope was that the Tigers have seasoning, with eight seniors, among them catcher Josh Boak, first baseman/pitcher Javier Avalos, outfielder Jared Keen, catcher/pitcher Justin Robles, outfielder/third baseman Cory Lee, second baseman/pitcher Alex Nathan, outfielder/pitcher Zach Schultz, and right fielder Jeremiah Callahan.

Avalos and Boak seemed poised for big seasons after being named as honorable mention choices on the 2009 Arizona Daily Star All-Star team last year as juniors. Avalos batted .278 with a .409 on-base percentage two years ago.

Where have the struggles shown up?

"Coming out and playing a full seven innings would be nice," Sugameli said after a 12-3 loss to state champion CDO. "Right now, we're picking the innings we score in.

"That's how you grow, by playing the good teams."

The Tigers are hopeful that they can step it up, as regional play begins this week when Marana hosts Cienega.

In addition to his seniors, Sugameli also pins his hopes on his pitching staff.

"Our pitchers can hold their own, until they lose focus," Sugameli said. "We have a three-man staff with Jave Avalos, Zach Schultz, and Justin Robles." Casey Hilde, a junior, has emerged as the closer for the Tigers.

During regional play, the Tigers will play Cienega (7-5-1) twice, Sahuaro (11-3) twice, and Desert View (3-12).

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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