KINGMAN - Sidney Clarke belted a two-run home run and pitched a complete game to lead the Lee Williams softball team to a 17-11 win over Division IV's No. 4-ranked Northland Prep in Flagstaff.
After a slow start saw Lee Williams (7-3 D-III) ahead 2-1 through four innings, the Lady Vols busted open the fifth with five runs. Northland (5-1) answered with two, but Lee Williams responded with four in the sixth and six more in the seventh to lead, 17-3.
However, three Lee Williams errors and three passed balls gave Northland some hope as the home team scored eight runs before the Lady Vols got the final out.
Clarke gave up four earned runs on 14 hits and five walks. She struck out 10. Offensively, she finished with three runs batted in.
Mia Santos went 2-for-5, including a home run, with three RBIs. Khori Cobanovich went 4-for-5, and Rebecca LeClair picked up three hits for Lee Williams.
The Lady Vols (No. 20 in D-III) hosted Kingman Academy (4-6 D-III, 2-3 Section II) Wednesday. Results were not available by deadline.
Buckeye blanks Academy
A seven-run second inning gave No. 21 Buckeye (6-4 D-III, 4-2 Section II) a win over Kingman Academy Tuesday in Buckeye, 10-0. Academy collected just two base hits before the five-inning game was halted due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Jessica Plew and Abbie Boss picked up the hits for the Academy, and Jillian Winters had two stolen bases.
Academy had four errors out in the field, which made all 10 Buckeye runs unearned.
GIRLS TENNIS: Kingman gets section win
Despite being shorthanded with two six starters out of the lineup, the Lady Bulldogs put down Bradshaw Mountain in D-II, Section III action Tuesday in Prescott Valley, 5-4.
The two teams split in singles play, 3-3. Kingman got wins from Lara Iozzo (6-0, 6-1), Kerissa Salmon (6-2, 6-2) and Jessica Pebley (6-2, 6-3).
The Lady Bulldogs took two of three in doubles from Bradshaw (0-9, 0-2). Iozzo teamed with Natalie Collings for an 8-4 win, and Salmon/Pebley blanked Brianna and Noel Reneer, 8-0.
Kingman (3-6, 1-0) hosts Prescott (6-1, 1-0) in another Section III match at 3:30 p.m. today.
BASEBALL: Lee Williams lets one get away
Six unearned runs in the first two innings gave Chino Valley (7-4 D-III) a head start, and though Lee Williams made a valiant comeback effort, the Volunteers couldn't overcome the early debacle and fell to the D-III, No. 10-ranked Cougars, 8-7.
"We battled back," said LWHS baseball coach James Mayfield. "We had our chances but left men stranded in scoring position."
Freshmen Paul Giglio and Carter Rhoades pitched for No. 20 Lee Williams (6-2). The Vols faced No. 36 Kingman Academy (7-4) Wednesday. Results were not available by deadline.