Shutout ends softball season

Willow Canyon one-hitter stops Kingman High’s three-game winning streak

Top: Tara Chavez; Bottom: Sarah Murphy

Top: Tara Chavez; Bottom: Sarah Murphy

KINGMAN - Prior to its season-ending 5-0 loss to Willow Canyon Tuesday in Surprise, the Kingman High softball team had extended a win streak to three with a 10-run rule win over Surprise Valley Vista Monday at Centennial Park, 14-3.

"The games were certainly night and day," KHS coach Salina Fogg said.

KHS (4-14, 4-6) used an eight-run third inning to pull away from Valley Vista (3-15, 0-10). Seniors Tara Chavez and Sarah Murphy were a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate. Chavez scored three runs for the Bulldogs, and Murphy had a triple and four RBIs.

Tylee Rickett, Donte Horger and Kyra Williams all went 2-for-3, and Rickett picked up a double.

Rickett also earned the win with five innings pitched and recorded four strikeouts.

Horger belted two doubles while driving in four, and McKenzie Overson also had two hits, including a home run.

In its last three wins, the Bulldogs piled up 42 runs, but they didn't have an answer for Willow Canyon. Overson's double against the Wildcats was the only base knock for the Bulldogs, and Horger and Karly Wyatt each managed to reach base on errors.

KHS' catcher Tesla Morgan had another outstanding game behind the plate and she made a diving play in front of home plate that kept the Willow Canyon base runners from advancing.

Rickett went the distance again for the Bulldogs, giving up two earned runs and striking out five in the loss.

KHS finished the season with a 9-18 record.