KINGMAN - In a tough economy there are those who find themselves being more charitable. The Kingman High softball team was very giving to Henderson, Nev., Green Valley in its opening game of the 2009 Kingman Pepsi Classic Friday at Centennial Park, when the Bulldogs committed eight errors in the Gators' 8-4 win over KHS.
"Hopefully, we'll not commit so many errors," KHS coach Salina Fogg said about KHS' chances of rebounding. "We committed enough for the entire tournament."
Green Valley (2-0) opened the game scoring three runs on no hits. The Gators scored as a result of three walks, two wild pitches and two errors. The Bulldogs fought back in the top of the second and looked as if they would be able to overcome the early-inning blunders.
Senior Karly Wyatt opened the inning with an inside-the-park home run with a line drive down the left-field line that scooted past the Gators' defense. It was a long trip for Wyatt as she chugged around the bases and had only one thought when Fogg waved her home.
"Dear Lord, I wish I could run faster," Wyatt said.
KHS' Kyra Williams started a two-out rally with a single up the middle and Unica Bautista and Tara Chavez were each hit by a pitch. Chavez was clunked twice in the game by Gator pitcher Katie Stewart.
McKenzie Overson singled to right to score Williams and Bautista and Chavez advanced to third. Overson stole second and the throw sailed into center field, which allowed Chavez to score the Bulldogs' fourth run.
Green Valley answered with two of its own in the second and added three more in the fourth for the 8-4 win.
KHS 6, Window Rock 4
In a game on the other side of the coin, the Bulldogs seemed to have learned their lesson with a perfect game in the field, as KHS didn't commit an error. Wyatt hit a Texas leaguer to right in the bottom of the first to drive in Overson and Tesla Morgan to put the Bulldogs up, 2-0.
Window Rock (0-2) scored once in the third and had three runs in the fourth to take a 4-2 lead. The Bulldogs answered with another four-run inning to get the win.
Wyatt opened the fourth with her second hit and scored on Sarah Murphy's triple to center. Donte Horger reached base on an error and Murphy scored. Williams was hit by a pitch and Bautista sacrificed both runners over. Chavez grounded out to second to score Horger and a rundown went bad for the Lady Scouts at third, which allowed Williams to score.
"I feel much better, we actually scored in two innings," Fogg said. "And we certainly cut those errors down."
As of Friday, Green Valley led Pool A with a 2-0 record with wins over KHS and Las Vegas Eldorado. KHS, Eldorado and Glendale Apollo were all 1-1 and Window Rock was at 0-2.
In Pool B, Henderson Foothill was 2-0 with wins over Flagstaff Coconino and Lake Havasu. Pahrump Valley, Nev., Avondale La Joya and Havasu were all 1-1 with Coconino at 0-2.