KINGMAN - After six years of being a traveling baseball club, two years ago the Kingman Krush decided to try traveling softball and formed the Lady Krush.
The Lady Krush now heads into its third summer with teams in every age group but 18-and-under as the program continues to grow.
"I'm not surprised," said Krush coordinator Bill McCord. "There are a lot of kids in this town that want to play ball and do some travel and are willing to raise a little extra money to go."
This summer, the Lady Krush will field teams in the 10-and-under, 12-and-under, 14-and-under and 16-and-under age groups and will compete in the Arizona B State Tournament beginning July 5 at Centennial Park.
According to Butch Finkbiner, who handles the Lady Krush, 18 teams already have signed up.
"The first year we had three teams, so it's growing," Finkbiner said. "We weren't sure if we were going to do a 10U (10-and-under) this year, but one of the parents stepped up and they are just doing local tournaments because they are 10U.
"What has helped out those divisions is there are a lot of local teams between Bullhead and Havasu and Needles. There are enough of those teams that they can do those friendly tournaments."
Finkbiner said there weren't enough girls to field an 18-and-under team, but said he has heard of a team from Bullhead City that was looking at putting together a tri-state team.
"I don't know if he pulled it together," Finkbiner said.
In addition to the Lady Krush, Finkbiner said he's heard the Kingman Sidewinders travel teams are looking at putting together 14U and 16U teams this year. However, this could not be confirmed by the Sidewinders before deadline.
In the meantime, Finkbiner has identified four tournaments the Lady Krush will attend this year.
"We are always looking for some closer tournaments, like in Vegas, but it seems like for 16U they don't have as many tournaments," Finkbiner said. "They are having a hard time filling those age groups."
For McCord, who started Lady Krush so that every player has an opportunity to play, two years later he's found success.
"We were hoping that it would expand, and it's done pretty well," McCord said.