The Tournament of Champions Softball Classic hosted by Mohave High in Bullhead City proved to be a tough test for the Kingman Bulldogs Thursday through Saturday as they posted a 0-4 mark.
Kingman (1-6) did come away with a couple of positives that may propel the team forward. Junior Tara Chavez went 8-for-12 over the four games, including a 4-for-4 game against Sierra Vista Buena in the last contest for the Bulldogs.
"Tara Chavez hit the ball," coach Salina Fogg said on Saturday. "She also had an inside-the-park home run."
The Bulldogs lost to Buena 8-6 on Saturday, and according to Fogg Kingman was left wanting more.
The tournament utilized time limits, and the Bulldogs recorded the last out in Buena's half of the sixth with thoughts that there was enough time for the seventh. However, the umpires thought differently and called the game. "We were upset because we were hitting the ball," Fogg said.
Fogg said that the Bulldogs went into the game with the goal of everyone getting a base hit. Kingman came close to reaching it.
"Six out of our nine spots got hits. That is a definite improvement."
Ashley Caswell also went 4-for-4 for the Bulldogs with three singles and a double. "Chavez and Caswell really stepped up in their leadership roles," Fogg said.
Fogg said that she felt that the Bulldogs are beginning to gel as a team, and that they felt like one after the Buena game. Fogg commended the play of Sam Weakly, who had to step up for Kingman as catcher and second baseman when Fogg had to move the players around.
Kingman was forced to meet Buena after the Bulldogs lost to Alta High from Utah in game three, 6-3. Sarah Murphy went 3-for-3 to lead the Bulldogs. "We were able to capitalize on some errors to score runs," Fogg said.
In game two, Kingman lost a rematch to Glendale Ironwood. The Eagles had beaten the Bulldogs 13-2 on Feb. 29, but this time squeaked by Kingman 5-4. "It was a heartbreaker," Fogg said.
The Bulldogs had the tying and winning runs on second and third with no outs in the bottom of the seventh. Caswell, Tesla Morgan and Karly Wyatt struck out to end the game.
Kingman opened the tournament with a 10-0 loss at the hands of Elkins High from Texas.
KHS takes on Peoria Sunrise Mountain (9-1) at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday at Centennial Park.