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May 29, 2013

Mike Sakal, Public Information Officer                    

Office:  623-882-7053;

  Millineum High School baseball star Mike Tinucci to throw out first pitch at Goodyear Centennials Freedom League Opener on May 31


     When the Goodyear Centennials open their season in baseball’s independent professional Freedom League at Goodyear Ballpark on Friday, May 31, a familiar name with local flare will be throwing out the first pitch.

Millennium High School pitching star Mike Tinucci, who graduated earlier this month, will take to the mound and throw out the first pitch when the Centennials host the Prescott Montezuma Federals. Tinucci helped to lead the Tigers to the second round of the Division I State Playoffs as the team finished with a record of 17 wins and 12 losses under Coach Michael Jacobs.

The game begins at 7:05 p.m., but Tinucci will be on the mound to throw the first pitch minutes before game time. He will be accompanied by Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord who suggested he throw out the first pitch so a local athlete would be recognized.

The Freedom League features four teams and is in its second season. The Centennials will play more than 40 games at Goodyear Ballpark this season with playoffs beginning in September. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for children, seniors and military service members. Tickets can be ordered through the Freedom League’s website,, or purchased at the ballpark the day of the game.

“The Millennium High School Tigers had an exciting season and accomplished a lot,” Mayor Georgia Lord said. “The success of their season was due to a great team effort and in part the leadership of Mike Tinucci. We’re honored to have him on the mound in front of his hometown crowd and be recognized for his efforts before he moves on to the next chapter of his academic and athletic career.”

Tinucci, a righthander, played on the varsity team all four years. He will begin attending Arizona Western College in Yuma in the fall where he has received a scholarship. Tinucci will major in business accounting and will continue playing baseball. He finished the 2013 season with a record of 7 wins and 1 loss and had 71 strikeouts in 51 innings. He also had a batting average of .376 with 32 hits and 32 runs batted in. For his strong showing this season, Tinucci has been selected to the First-Team All Section, which consists of 28 Division I high schools throughout the state.

“It will be an honor to throw out the first pitch at the Arizona Centennials opener,” Tinucci said. “I’m completely pumped. Maybe I’ll bring in some heat. I’ve been on the field before, but this will be new. The goal is to throw a strike.”  

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