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Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 4:00 am

After defeating Salpointe 8-7 at the Salpointe tournament recently in an early-round game, there was hope that the Marana High School Tigers baseball team might be ready to take a step toward beating some of Tucson’s powerhouses.

That was until pitcher Trevor Griffin of the Catalina Foothills Falcons held them to one hit, resulting in the Falcons win over Marana, 11-1, last Tuesday on Marana turf.

“We’re on spring break,” said Marana’s baseball coach John Sugameli. “We’ve played 10 games in 12 days.”

That’s a lot of games, but most of them won’t stand out in the records that count. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the win over Salpointe didn’t figure in the power points or in the team’s overall record, which now stands at 1-4.

Brandon Wilson, Tanner Reeves and Ryan Valdez each hit triples for the Tigers in helping them score eight runs during that tournament game.

“I see some huge improvements,” Sugameli said. “This is a good group of kids. The games have been closer.”

The Falcons, last year’s state runners-up, wasted little time, as they scored five runs in the second inning. The big blow came on a three-run home run by Falcon A.J. Muscarello.

The Tigers mounted a threat of their own in their half of the second. Turner Reeves walked. Zach Henderson singled, and Casey Hilde walked to load the bases with one out. David Tinsley smoked a line drive down the first-base line, but Falcon Preston Jamison made a great catch and stepped on first to complete a double-play.

After Pen Nakazoto homered, Foothills took advantage of two Marana errors to score three times in the fourth. The Falcons ended the game with two outs in the fifth for an 11-1 lead, and a shortened win via the 10-run rule.

On the positive side, the Tigers made only two errors in the five innings.

“We probably made eight or nine a game last year,” Sugameli admitted.

Last year, the Tigers were in their first year under Sugameli and failed to make the playoffs in a transition year. Sugameli sees the improvement in this year’s squad.

“We have leadership from our five seniors – Mike Nade, Ryan Valdez, Josef Merki, Casey Hilde, and Brandon Wilson. We’re losing games by (only) one run this year.”

On Friday, the Tigers closed out the week by defeating Amphi, 4-3.

“We only have 12 players,” Sugameli said. “But that’s okay. This is a good group of kids.”

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Tuesday, September 30

Boys Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View at Haven Golf Course

Ironwood Ridge, Buena, Catalina at Rincon (Dell Urich)

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

Marana at CDO

Maricopa at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Vista Grande

Poston Butte at Catalina Foothills

San Miguel at Pusch Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Wednesday, October 1

Girls Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View vs. Ironwood Ridge (Omnu Tucson National)

CDO, Sunnyside at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Sabino at Catalina Foothills

Cross Country (4:30 p.m.)

Ironwood Ridge, Sahuarita at Flowing Wells (Columbus Park)

Marana, St. Gregory at Catalina Foothills

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

CDO at Ironwood Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills at CDO

JV Football (6.p.m.)

Marana at Maricopa

Salpointe at Mountain View

CDO at Catalina Foothills

Thursday, October 2

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Mountain View, St. Gregory’s, Pusch Ridge at Marana

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

Mountain View at Poston Butte

Catalina Foothills at Flowing Wells

Pusch Ridge at Willcox

Varsity Football (7p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Rincon

Friday, October 3

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Girls Vollyeball (all day)

CDO, Catalina Foothills at Falcon Invitational

Cross Country

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Desert Twilight Festival

Varsity Footbal (7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at San Tan Valley

Saturday, October 4

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Swimming (all day)

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Brophy/Xavier Swim Invitational

Girls Volleyball (4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Desert Christian

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