KINGMAN - Three days after a 12-3 loss to MALC, Kingman Academy got back on track in a big way Friday afternoon.
The Lady Tigers batted around not once but twice in the third inning, scoring 15 runs en route to a 21-0 win over West Phoenix in a game called after three innings due to the 20-run mercy rule.
"It was really important, mainly because I wanted to get Kylie (Tomlinson) back in the game and back on her game," said KAHS coach Amber Freed. "She pitched really well today so that's a huge improvement over the last couple of games. That's what I wanted to see. She was back in her game, throwing her pitches, and back on her game. That's what we need if we are going to keep going."
On Friday, Tomlinson surrendered no hits while striking out five and allowing just one walk.
Tuesday against MALC, she issued four walks in the first inning that led to four runs.
"It was pretty much downhill from there," Freed said.
MALC would later score three runs in the fourth and fifth innings and two in the seventh on the way to the 12-3 win. The Tigers had just two runs in the fourth and a run in the sixth.
"I was kind of glad we lost," Freed said. "Obviously you don't want to lose, but it gets our heads back in the game. It gets our practices back on cue and it gets us to where we need to be. It lets us know that we are not invincible. We play all these games that we win 20-2 or 20-0 and it gets you out of synch sometimes."
The Lady Tigers beat South Ridge 26-2 Wednesday and will travel to Desert Hills on Wednesday. They host Heritage Friday in a rematch of last year's 3A Charter Athletic Association state championship game.