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Tucker fulfills role in World Cup title game

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Posted: Monday, September 9, 2013 8:54 pm | Updated: 4:20 pm, Mon Sep 16, 2013.

Cole Tucker was told he made the USA World Cup team because of the intangibles he brought to the team.

He is a defensive wizard and his approach to the game – all-out play, positive attitude – caught the coaching staff’s eye.

The Mountain Pointe senior helped the team win a gold medal in Taiwan on Sunday as started 10 of the 13 games and played in all of them.

He hit just .188 (6 of 32) but scored the team’s first run to tie the game in an eventual 3-2 win over Japan in the title game when he started the fifth inning with a single.

Answering Japan’s run in the top of the fifth was important and his leadoff single is an example of those intangibles the coaching staff wanted on their roster.

"So thankful for this last month of my life," Tucker said on Twitter. "USA Baseball has done so much for me and I'll never forget this experience. Happy to be home."

Look for full-length story later this week on ahwatukee.com.

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or JSkoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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