A year ago, the Millennium Tigers baseball team bowed out in the first round of the single elimination portion of the state tournament to Mesa Mountain View, 6-1. This season, the veteran-heavy team will look to improve on a 16-12 record and be poised to make it back to the tournament and do some damage.
The Tigers will field 12 returning seniors on this year’s squad.
“We’ll lean on them all a little bit,” Millennium coach Ryan Bethel said.
The team’s catcher, Jared McDonald, will return behind the plate. McDonald led the Tigers in hits (36) and average (.444), and was tied for second on the team in doubles (6).
“Leadership-wise, Jared McDonald will fill [that role],” Bethel said.
McDonald has already signed on to play at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix next year.
Third-baseman Andrew Diggs has also come into the season emerging as a team leader, Bethel said.