3/13/2014 6:00:00 AM Tigers sleepwalk in win over Parker
Kingman Academy’s Cody Tuepker dives back to second base during the second inning of the Tigers’ 11-3 win over Parker Tuesday at Southside Park. Tuepker was too late and was picked off on the play.
KINGMAN - Eleven runs on nine base hits for an 11-3 win usually has a coaching staff grinning ear to ear. Not so with the staff of the Kingman Academy baseball team after the Tigers looked routine in their win over Parker Tuesday at Southside Park.
"We came out flat, and from a coaching viewpoint, we haven't done our jobs over the past week," said KAHS assistant coach Tim Pena. "We were prepared for the Kingman tournament, but we just need to get better at preparing our kids."
Kingman Academy (10-2-1, 3-0 D-III) got the benefit of four walks and three errors by Parker (0-2) to jump out to an 8-1 lead after two innings. Pena and head coach Bill McCord appeared upset with the lack of energy the Tigers exhibited over the course of the game.
"It's disappointing to see them come out and play like this," Pena said. "They have to realize we're not in the CAA anymore. We've played at the level of our competition and we can't do that in the AIA."
Eight of the nine hits for Kingman Academy were singles. The lone exception was Westin McCord's triple in the bottom of the second inning. McCord, Bailey Rust and Tarik Skubal each had two hits to lead the Tigers at the plate. McCord stole two bases, scored twice and drove in a run. Skubal scored three runs and added an RBI, and Rust scored once and had an RBI.
"We've been hoping that our seniors would step up and take charge, but we haven't had anyone do that," Pena said. "We're not hitting like we should be, and we're not communicating like we should. We're not playing the good baseball that we're capable of playing.
"If we're not careful, a team is going to come up here and kick our butts."
Kingman Academy used four pitchers to get the job done against the Broncs. T.J. Pena started and went two innings. He was touched for an unearned run and struck out two. Lance Martin pitched one-third of an inning and surrendered two runs - one earned - on a base hit and two walks. He struck out one.
Quinn Garcia pitched two innings. He gave up a hit, walked two and struck out two. Skubal finished the game and earned the win for Kingman Academy. He struck out six, walked two and didn't allow a hit.
The Tigers host Sedona Red Rock (0-1) at 3:45 p.m. Friday at Southside Park before facing Bourgade Catholic (3-0) in a D-III, Section 2 game at 1 p.m. Saturday in Phoenix.
"We'll go back to the drawing board and regroup," Pena said.