3/24/2013 6:00:00 AM Kingman Academy reels in runs in softball season opener
Kingman Academy third basemen Dakota Parker is late with the tag as the Desert Hills baserunner gets the stolen base in the top of the first inning. The runner later scored to give Desert Hills a 1-0 lead, but the Lady Tigers went onto win 22-4. RODNEY HAAS/Miner
KAHS pitcher Kylie Tomlinson brings the heat as she pitches against Desert Hills Friday. RODNEY HAAS/Miner
KINGMAN - If there was any dust or cobwebs on the Kingman Academy softball team Friday in the season opener against Desert Hills, the Lady Tigers shook them off by the second inning.
KAHS scored five runs the second inning to take a 6-1 lead en route to a 22-4 win.
"We started off a little slow but after that we got going," said KAHS coach Amber Freed. "We found out what we need to work on and what we are doing well and what we are not."
There are two areas that Freed said need work - cutting down on the nine walks pitcher Kylie Tomlinson issued and improved base running.
"We hit the ball fairly well," Freed said. "We put it in play and we made them make plays and that's always a good thing.
"Our defense was strong. They had one home run that burned us and that just happens. She got a great hit and you can't do anything about that. But for the most part, I'm OK with the performance."
Kiersten Kinsley led KAHS (1-0) at the plate, going 3 for 3 with two doubles and three runs scored. Taylor Shaw was 3 for 4 with double and triple and Tomlinson led off the second inning with a triple.
Tomlinson pitched five innings, giving up three runs on one hit and striking out 11.
KAHS batted around in the third and fourth innings, adding seven runs in the third and eight runs in the fourth as the Lady Tigers pounded out 11 hits for the game.
Desert Hills capitalized on a KAHS error in the top of the first inning for a quick 1-0 lead and added two runs in the third inning.
KAHS will host MALC at 4 p.m. Tuesday before traveling to South Ridge on Wednesday and returning home Friday against West Phoenix.
KAHS Blue sweeps Hills
After starting the season with a pair of losses to Southpointe and a loss last week to KAHS Black, the KAHS blue team picked up its first two wins Friday by sweeping a doubleheader with Desert Hills at Southside Park.
KAHS (2-3) scored 10 runs in the second inning to take a 12-1 lead and added four more runs in the third and five in the fourth for a 21-2 win in the first game. In Game 2, the Tigers scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning and added a run in the second and four in the third en route to a 9-4 win.
The Blue Tigers will have a couple of weeks off before hosting EVAC on April 6.