Kingman team takes second in tourney

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Pitcher Kyle Lombardi of the Kingman Little League South All-Stars winds up during the All-Stars tournament Tuesday evening at Southside Park.

Some Kingman teams moved on to play tonight.

See Page 6 for tournament coverage.

The Kingman South Little League All-Stars are still alive in the double-elimination tournament and are playing for a spot in the championship game.

They take on Bullhead City tonight at 7:30 for a place in Saturday's championship game.

KSLL advance to the semifinals with a convincing 13-3 win over Parker on Tuesday night.

Parker had easily won its first two games of the tournament, defeating Needles 17-1 and Laughlin 10-2.

Kingman had won its first game, defeating Lake Havasu North 10-0.

In the Majors division, Kingman jumped ahead early, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning, but Parker got a run back in the top of the second and then tied the game at 2 in the top of the third inning.

Kingman's offense came out on fire in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Jon Casson led off the inning with a single and D.J.

Loyd walked, putting runners on first and second.

Travis Kellum hit a deep ball for a triple and two RBIs.

Kyle Lombardi then doubled, scoring Kellum.

Later with two runners on base, Gennero Herrera doubled to the left field fence, adding two more runs for Kingman.

Two batters later, with two men on base, Loyd hit a three-run home run over the center field fence, giving Kingman an 11-2 lead over Parker.

The inning came to an end when Kellum, who was hit by the pitch following the homer, was picked off trying to steal second.

Parker scored a run in the top of the fourth, but Kingman added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth, extending the lead to 13-3 and ending the game because of the 10-run rule.

In the other Majors division games, both Lake Havasu teams came out winners in their elimination games.

Lake Havasu South pummeled Laughlin 11-0, booting Laughlin from the tournament.

Lake Havasu North was on the verge of making an early exit to Mohave Valley.

Mohave Valley took an early 3-0 lead and built that to an 8-0 lead by the end of the fourth inning.

The highlight for Mohave Valley was Joe Renfroe hitting home runs in the third and fourth innings.

However, Lake Havasu rallied in the fifth inning, scoring six runs and cutting the lead to 8-7.

The last two runs of the Lake Havasu fifth-inning rally came off a triple by Craig Moore.

Mohave Valley was unable to add any runs in the top of the sixth.

Both teams battled in the bottom of the sixth, but Lake Havasu was able to get runners on base and tie the game at 8-8.

Then with a runner at third and two outs, Mohave was hoping to play extra innings.

But the Havasu batter hit the ball back toward the pitcher, who batted the ball and made it playable by the shortstop.

However, the throw from the shortstop to first base was too late.

With the runner on first safe, Brandon McMillon scored the winning run for Lake Havasu North.

Kingman South plays Bullhead City on Field Four and Parker takes on Lake Havasu South on Field Three tonight.

Both games start at 7:30 at the downtown Little League complex.

In the Juniors division, the Kingman South team was eliminated earlier in the evening with a 10-9 loss to Parker.

Kingman held a 9-1 lead early in the game, but Parker mounted a rally and came out with a victory.

Justin Telles and Donnie Cameron pitched for Kingman in the loss.

Mohave Valley, Bullhead City and Parker are the only three teams remaining in the Juniors division.

Their championship will be held on Thursday, or if necessary, on Friday.KINGMAN – The Kingman Sidewinders girls age 16 and under softball team came through the loser's bracket before taking second place in the Arizona State Class B Junior Olympics tournament.

Kingman lost to Las Calientes 7-6 in eight innings on Sunday at Centennial Park.

Kingman, which was playing its sixth game of the double-elimination tournament, came back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game and took a 6-3 lead in the top of the eighth.

Las Calientes then scored four runs to pick up the win and the championship.

Las Calientes needed just four games throughout the tournament to win the title.

The Sidewinders almost did not make it into Sunday's competition.

Kingman staved off elimination with a 5-4 victory in nine innings over the Stanfield Firebirds club on Saturday night.

In the 14-under division, the Odyssey Club of Yuma won the title without a loss, defeating the Desert Cobras of Oracle in nine innings.

No score was available.

In 12-under action, the Tucson Desert Cobras defeated Bullhead Express for the championship.

After coming through the loser's bracket, Bullhead Express defeated the Tucson club to force a second championship game.

In the 10-under bracket, the Lil Brats club of Douglas came through the loser's bracket to take the title, defeating Bullhead Express twice Sunday.

Thirty-three teams from around the state competed in the Junior Olympics tournament.

The tournament will return to Kingman in August when the state champions of 14 western states will compete for a chance to play for the national title.