Softball season gets under way with Wednesday game

Miner Photo by Mitchell Batson

Varsity player Kemer Fuss executes a quick direction change against the Peoria Panthers on Feb.

10.

Since then the Bulldogs are 1-2, but will play in the state tournament on Feb.

25 at 7 p.m.

against Corona del Sol.

"They were pretty down after (Friday's) game but now we're looking forward to the challenge on Tuesday, " Coach Dave Vance said.

The Bulldogs will face Corona del Sol on Tuesday night in their opening game of the tournament.

Friday night's loss to Westview was Kingman's second to the Knights in as many weeks.

"It was a pretty decent game," Vance said.

"It was pretty intense going back-and-forth like we did."

Both the Knights' and Bulldogs came out on fire in the first quarter, but Westview took advantage with a 23-22 lead after the opening quarter.

Senior Matt Noake led the Bulldogs scoring a game-high 27-points.

Juniors D.J.

Tecklenburg finished with 12 and C.J.

Steiger had 9.

Westview's Leon Cruz led the Knights' with 20 points, Chaz Neal had 15 and Joe Richardson scored 13.

The second quarter was a similar story, but by halftime the Bulldogs took a one-point lead 37-36.

"It was an exciting game.

There were a lot of fans down there, and quite a few from Kingman," Vance said.

The Bulldogs stumbled in the third quarter only scoring nine points, while Westview scored the first eight points of the quarter and pulled ahead 52-46 at the end of the period.

Kingman pulled back into the game and cut the Knights' lead to two-points with about a minute left to play.

However, the Bulldogs missed a couple of shots and Westview made its' free throws down the stretch to extend the lead and win 71-63.

"We played our hearts out," Vance said.

"There was a time, they were up eight, 10 points and we could have packed it in, but we didn't."

Friday's game was the third meeting this season between Westview and Kingman and the Knights came away winners every time.

Now the Bulldogs must travel to face the Corona del Sol Aztecs, a team that beat Westview back in December.

The Aztecs will host the state tournament first round game on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

Vance said Corona del Sol plays similar styles to some of the Desert West teams with a pressure defense and getting the ball up the court quickly.

"We want to make some noise," Vance said.

"We're doing something Kingman hasn't done in 10 years.

We have a lot to be proud of."The Kingman High School softball team gets its season under way on Wednesday afternoon against Mohave High School.

The Bulldogs are led by first-year head coach Salina Fogg and five seniors, Julie Lasiloo, Tonya Fuqua, Bridgett Soles, Lauren Seliquini and Stephanie Marino.

"Since this is my first year I have a lot of expectations about us being fundamentally sound," Fogg said.

"I want us to be the dominating team defensively in the conference."

Kingman played against Lake Havasu High School in a scrimmage on Friday afternoon.

The game gave Fogg the opportunity to move players around and get a feel for the team.

"We're a cohesive team already, so we're starting on a positive note," Fogg said.

With several young pitchers and other players, the team is going to need to rely on the seniors for leadership.

"I want them to teach the younger players what to do offensively to get the ball in play more," Fogg said.

The game against Mohave is scheduled to start at 3:45 p.m.

at the Centennial Park softball fields.