River Valley methodically beats Kingman Academy

Kingman Academy’s Jillian Winters takes a cut during Tuesday’s 9-1 loss to River Valley at Centennial Park. Winters walked twice and had a triple for the Lady Tigers. The Academy hosts Seligman at 2 p.m. Friday at Southside Park Field 1. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)

Kingman Academy’s Jillian Winters takes a cut during Tuesday’s 9-1 loss to River Valley at Centennial Park. Winters walked twice and had a triple for the Lady Tigers. The Academy hosts Seligman at 2 p.m. Friday at Southside Park Field 1. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)

KINGMAN - The Lady Tigers tried to go toe-to-toe with No. 5 River Valley, but the Dust Devils handed Kingman Academy its fifth straight loss in a Division III, Section II contest Tuesday at Centennial Park, 9-1.

River Valley (13-0, 7-0) scored in every inning but the seventh with its largest output being three runs in the sixth.

"I thought we played an awesome game," said KAHS softball coach Tim Pena. "We had a good mindset coming in."

River Valley opened the game with one run, and the Academy (4-9, 2-5) tied it up in its first at-bats after freshman leadoff hitter Jillian Winters walked, stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball.

Pitcher Jessica Plew then grounded out to second and sent Winters home.

Winters reached base in each of her three at-bats with two walks and a triple in the sixth. She has been on a tear of late.

"Jillian is one of those kids, who when you put her in pressure situations, she gets it done," Pena said. "She works her butt off. She's just a ballplayer and is the sparkplug for our team."

The Lady Tigers managed just four hits off of River Valley hurler Regan Glenn. The sophomore also gave up the two walks for one run. She struck out 11 Lady Tigers, including the last three after Dakota Parker singled to lead off the seventh.

Kylie Tomlinson and Kassidy Elliot had Academy's other hits. Each singled in the fifth.

"She is one of the best pitchers in our conference (division)," Pena said. "I'm real happy with the way we played."

Plew took the loss, surrendering nine runs, six earned, on 12 hits and two walks in seven innings. She had one strikeout.

Academy played at Kingman (3-9 D-II) in non-section action Wednesday. Results were not available by deadline. The Lady Tigers host Seligman (7-2 D-IV) at 2 p.m. Friday at Southside Park Field 1.