Bulldogs' victory left blowing in the wind

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Kingman High’s Ryan Olivas fouls a pitch off during the Bulldogs’ 10-0 loss to River Valley Tuesday. KHS will travel to Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor Wednesday and will travel to Surprise Valley Vista Friday. The Bulldogs’ next home game won’t be until March 22 against Flagstaff.

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<br> Kingman High’s Ryan Olivas fouls a pitch off during the Bulldogs’ 10-0 loss to River Valley Tuesday. KHS will travel to Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor Wednesday and will travel to Surprise Valley Vista Friday. The Bulldogs’ next home game won’t be until March 22 against Flagstaff.

When the Kingman High baseball team took the field Tuesday for their home opener they knew it was going to be windy.

After all, it's pretty typical for this time of year.

But Tuesday's wind was another story. A stiff south-southwest breeze between 30-35 mph with a gust hitting 51 mph, according to the National Weather Service, had players and fans covering their faces from the blowing dirt.

The wind didn't help the Bulldogs on the field either as River Valley jumped to a 4-0 lead after the first inning and added five more runs in the second en route to a 10-0 win.

"It's usually not this bad," KHS coach Chad Baitinger said. "We practice in (the wind) all the time and you would think it would be a home field advantage, but sometimes it doesn't work that way."

River Valley added a run in the third and the sixth as the Bulldogs committed four errors.

"We got off to a very slow start," Baitinger said. "Mostly mental errors and physical errors in the infield primarily, so that is one thing that we have to focus on."

Austin DePuy led KHS (1-7) going 2-for-2 and Kenny Green added a hit.

The Bulldogs picked up their first win of the year against Page this past weekend at the Mohave Tournament in Bullhead City. KHS scored three runs in the fourth inning to take a 7-3 win. Austin Sammeli led the Bulldogs at the plate going 1-for-1 with two runs scored while Green added a hit and a run scored and Gage Humphreys had two runs scored on a pair of walks.

"We played really well down in Mohave," Baitinger said. "Our pitching was there, defense was solid, hitting was good. I just thought we were going to play better (Tuesday)."

KHS fell to Mohave (6-5), River Valley (9-2) and Lake Havasu (14-7) in the Bulldogs' other games at the tournament.

The Bulldogs traveled to Phoenix Sandra Day O'Connor Wednesday and will head to Surprise Willow Canyon before going on spring break next week.

"I think after this week they need a little bit of a break," Baitinger said. "I plan on having them practice later (next) week, and then we don't play again until later on in the week."

KHS's first game back after the break is Thursday, March 22 against Flagstaff.