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4 STRAIGHT WINS PUTS MILLER 1 STEP AWAY FROM FINALS

The Larry H. Miller Toyota fastpitch softball made Utah history Friday night.

No other Utah fastpitch team has won four straight games in the winners' bracket in the International Softball Congress World Tournament.Miller Toyota did Friday night. But it wasn't easy.

With two out in the top of the seventh inning, and a 2-2 count on Brandon Burt, the Miller Toyota designated hitter, singled up the middle to tie the score 1-1.

Then catcher Ken Garinger banged a triple in the right-centerfield gap to score two more runs, and lead Miller Toyota over the The Farm Tavern of Madison, Wis., 3-1, at the Diamonds of Champions Park.

"I was due big-time," said Garinger. "I've been making contact until tonight. But `Peaches' (Mike Piechnik) had my number.

"It had been getting me with his outside curve ball," added Garinger.

"But in the seventh inning, he threw me a low-rise. I don't know why, because that's the pitch I love to hit. And it felt really good when I made contact.

"It's a great feeling to do something like that, because this is a great team. We just won't be denied."

With the victory, Miller Toyota (73-8) will face the ISC Tournament host team, the Sioux City Gateway Soos, Saturday at 5 p.m. (MDT) in the battle of the unbeaten teams.

"I would have to say that they're going to be a little back on their heels, because we've beat them three times this year without losing," Garinger pointed out.

The winner of Saturday's game, between Miller Toyota and the Soos, draws the automatic bid to the championship game Sunday at 1 p.m. (MDT).

"That's what we've working for all year," said Peter Meredith, who won his fourth straight game in the ISC Tournament, and 49th tournament career with, which is a record.

"It's my job to come up with a solid pitching effort and give our team a chance to win. Tonight, it took us a little longer. But we kept the faith. We believe in ourselves."