March 28, 2001 11:00 pm

By The Observer

The La Grande Tigers ran into a tough pitcher Wednesday in Mike Aguliar.

The Franklin High School pitcher threw a two-hitter and went 3-for-5 at the plate in the Quakers 10-0 drubbing of the Tigers at Optimist Field.

He was a pretty good one. I think that he was one of the best ones weve seen this year, La Grande coach Dennis Young said.

He threw a little bit harder than weve faced, but he had pretty good command of his pitches.

Aguliar got into trouble just once, in the third inning, when he loaded the bases after striking out the first two batters. Preston Roe walked, then Aaron Thomas singled him to second. Tanner Abel walked to load the bases.

We had a chance there when he went into a little bit of a control problem, Young said. He (then) got Drew Fischer, who seldom strikes out.

Aguliar finished with 11 strikeouts.

He moved the ball in and out really well on the kids and jammed the kids a bit, Young said.

Adam Kleck had the other hit for La Grande (2-5).

Franklin had 12 hits off La Grande starter Corey Royal, who went six innings, and reliever Zach Glasser, who pitched the seventh.

The two teams play a single game at 2 this afternoon at Optimist.

Franklin 121 203 1 10 12 0

La Grande 000 000 0 0 2 3

Aguliar and Dodson; Royal, Glasser (7) and Slover. WP Aguliar. LP Royal.

La Grande hits Thomas, Kleck.