KINGMAN - Holding a No. 22 ranking with the Division III state tournament field to be set at 24, the Kingman Academy Tigers didn't allow North Pointe Prep a chance for an upset in Wednesday's Section II win in Phoenix, 22-2.
Academy (11-5, 4-3) got the ball rolling when Josh Allen hit a solo home run in his first at-bat. It was his third of the season. The Tigers added two more in the second inning before exploding for nine runs in the third to run away from the Falcons.
North Pointe (2-14, 2-5) got its two runs in the third and trailed 13-2 at the time.
Cody Quick doubled and homered for the Tigers, driving in five runs. Allen and Caleb Boyett each had three runs batted in, and T.J. Pena, Chris Pfeiffer, Jeffry Chinyere and Thomas Easter each had two RBIs.
The Academy strung together 22 hits, while four Tiger pitchers (Chinyere, J.J. Griffith, Pena and Quick) limited the Falcons to three over five innings.
The Tigers have three regular season games remaining, and each carry significant importance if the Academy is going to return to the state tournament. The first is at No. 12 Yuma Catholic (13-3, 6-1) at 3:45 p.m. today. The Tigers then wrap up the regular season against Parker (2-13, 1-6) at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday at Southside Park Field 2.
The Tigers and Parker will first finish the March 10 game that was suspended and tied, 7-7. The two squads will then play the Section II game.