It will say in some tiny box score somewhere that the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 12-0 on Tuesday, March 24, in a virtually meaningless spring training baseball game in Phoenix.
Meaningless to whom?
Undoubtedly not to members of the Taft High baseball team, which is making big-league baseball and Cracker Jacks a staple on a weeklong trip to the scorching Arizona desert, where March temperatures have climbed into the 90s.The Tigers have watched baseball at its highest level the last three days, including Tuesday night at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, a 11,000-seat capacity ballpark that was brimming with enthusiasm.
“There have been a lot of good things happening,” Taft coach Dustin Hankins said. “Guys are hitting balls, making plays and figuring themselves out.”
The “figuring out,” Hankins said, can be credited to the bonds being formed by the Tigers in their time away from the majestic Pacific Northwest in the sweltering Great Southwest.
The Tigers are not only transitioning into better baseball players, but more responsible young men, he said.
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