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Pitching carries Millbrook baseball over Middle Creek in Bobby Murray tournament

Host Millbrook showcased another complete game pitched with a 4-0 outing against Middle Creek Saturday to close the 27th annual Bobby Murray Chevrolet High School Invitational Baseball Tournament.

Junior// Alex Royalty added his name to the growing list Millbrook pitchers to throw complete gamesthis season. With nine strikeouts and only one walk, Royalty suppressed Middle Creek’s persistent offensive attack that put four runners in scoring position, but failed to convert.

Middle Creek coach Wesley King tipped his hat to Royalty’s pitching prowess after the game.

“He was able to completely dominate us. (He) stayed ahead of us all day,” King said. “We were never able to get comfortable in the box. Our guys kind of were in a defensive mode and when you’re like that as a hitter, there’s not much you can do.”

King stayed optimistic for the .500 Mustangs though.

“We’re young but we’re getting better,” he said. “It’s not showing in the wins and losses but we’re seeing it. We’re 6-6 going into the second half of our conference next week. ... We have to get after it. There’s no rest for the weary.”

The Wildcats started fast with an infield single, two stolen bases, and a tag up leading to a run in the first inning. In the fifth inning, a walk, sacrifice bunt, and single to right drove in one,and Ali Fathullahzadeh added two RBIs in the sixth to stretch the Wildcats’ lead to 4-0 where it would stand until the final out.

“I’m just excited about how we played,” Millbrook coach Austin James said of the Wildcats' tournament play. “I talked to our guys after the game about how much confidence we should have coming out of this tournament and how excited we should be for the second half of the season. We were one mistake away from at least going into extra innings with (tournament champion) Green Hope and who knows what happens after that. We could (have been) playing in (the final) game tonight.”