KINGMAN - After a respectable third-place finish (4-1) at last weekend's Coca-Cola tournament at Centennial Park, the Kingman High softball team's return to the regular season has been rough.
Kingman (1-4) suffered a 5-3 loss to Wickenburg (3-3) Monday at KHS, and on Tuesday Mingus (2-2) dismantled the Lady Bulldogs, 21-0.
It took Kingman and Wickenburg a while to get grooving offensively, and it was the Wranglers who drew first blood in the top of the fifth with two runs on two errors. Wickenburg strengthened its lead in the sixth by capitalizing on another error to lead 3-0. The Kingman bats started to connect in the bottom of the sixth. The Lady Bulldogs made it a one-run game when Juanitta Cooper reached base on a Wickenburg third baseman's error, and Rachel Arave hit a line-drive home run.
The Lady Bulldogs couldn't keep it a one-run game in the seventh, though. Wickenburg scored twice more on a single, error and a double. Kingman's Avery Lee singled in the seventh and scored on a Wickenburg error in left field after Natalie Borgens put the ball in play. That was all the Lady Bulldogs could get across the plate, and Wickenburg held on for the win, 5-3.
Tuesday's 21-run loss to Mingus left the Lady Bulldogs almost speechless. Kingman trailed 11-0 after the first inning, and the game was called due to the 20 runs after three innings mercy rule.
"Not much to say about last night's (Tuesday's) game," said KHS coach Dave Vance. "They just crushed the ball and we didn't. It was an error-fest on our part!"
Kingman plays its next four games on the road, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday at Lake Havasu (1-4). The Lady Bulldogs lost to Havasu in extra innings Saturday in the semifinals of the Coca-Cola tournament, 11-7.