Late runs cost KHS softball at Tolleson

KINGMAN – The Kingman High softball team gave up a run in the seventh and eighth innings on Wednesday in a 4-3 road loss to Tolleson.

Tolleson used four singles in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings, and won on a leadoff triple and Kingman fielding error to end the game in the eighth.

Kingman (8-9, 4-0) starting pitcher Jen Messer left the game in the third inning when a line drive struck her throwing hand. Head coach Salina Fogg said Messer will have X-rays taken today to determine if she will have to miss any games.

“It really seemed like the air went out of the tires when Jen got hit,” Fogg said. “They don’t want to see a teammate go down, and they never bounced back from that.”

The game was tied at the time before Kingman took a 3-2 lead in the fifth with the same players and offensive output that gave them their first lead of the game. Sarah Mayo singled, moved to second via a Rachael Bracy sacrifice, and scored on an RBI single from Kendra Kelly.

Kelly, Mayo, Jovi Engbino and Amanda Pinkstaff all finished with two hits. Pinkstaff earned one of her hits on a push bunt, a skill the team had given extra attention to in practice this week.

“Amanda’s eyes lit up when she saw she had a chance to do it, and she put down a perfect one,” Fogg said. “It was nice for the team to see the effectiveness of it, and that was really neat.”

Kingman re-enters its region schedule on Saturday with a doubleheader at Deer Valley.