40 ASA teams converge on Kingman

KINGMAN - The Amateur Softball Association Girls B State Championship descends on Centennial Park this weekend as 40 teams in four age groups vie for titles. Three of those 40 represent the Kingman Sidewinders traveling club.

"It's nice to have three teams," Sidewinders 16-and-under coach Dave Vance said. "Maybe next year we'll have four or even five."

The 16U Sidewinders begin play at 6 p.m. today on Field 1 in their nine-team, double-elimination format. A win will put the Sidewinders back on the field at 9:45 a.m. Saturday against the Verde Valley Heat, but a loss has them play at 11:30 a.m.

The Sidewinders enter the tournament after posting a 2-2 record in Prescott where they were just one win from the championship game. "We're hoping to advance on that," Vance said. "The nice thing about it is the young girls are getting experience. We're pitching and hitting well and are hoping that all comes together."

The 14U Sidewinders are in an eight-team bracket and open the tournament at 7:45 p.m. today on Field 2. This is the second year for the 14U squad, and coach Karin Vance wants them to start getting victories.

"We'd like to get a win," the coach said. "We're getting better and would like to get a win under our belt."

This is the first summer for the 12U Sidewinders, and Karin Vance said they're still getting over the jitters after playing in the Prescott tournament.

"They just played in their first tournament, and they were a little scared," she said. "So we've been working on situations. We just want them to get better."

The 12U Sidewinders open the nine-team tournament against the El Rio Venom at 6 p.m. today on Field 5.

Also in town is the 10U tournament, which doesn't include a Sidewinders' team. That tournament also begins today.