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Kingman baseball teams stuck in the middle

Bulldogs, Tigers, Volunteers all 1-1 after tournament's first day

KINGMAN - The three Kingman area high schools settled for middle seeds after Thursday's pool play in the Kingman High School Invitational Baseball Tournament.

Chino Valley (2-0) enters the Championship Bracket tournament as the No. 1 seed, followed by Spring Creek, Nev., (2-0) and Gila Ridge (2-0).

Spring Creek earned the No. 2 seed after a thrilling win over Lee Williams (1-1) in Pool 3 at LWHS. Both teams had beaten River Valley (0-2) to set up the showdown.

Lee Williams opened the tournament by beating the Dust Devils, 10-2. The Volunteers trailed 2-1 in the fourth inning when they scored nine runs to put the game way. Nate Cottrell earned the win for Lee Williams, and Patrick Valencia, Matt Shaw and Sean Roby each had two hits. Roby had both his hits in the fourth, including a two-run double.

Spring Creek then beat River Valley, 9-1. The Spartans and Lee Williams battled through five innings and were tied 5-5 before Spring Creek exploded in the sixth for five runs to get the win. Lee Williams is seeded No. 7 and plays Bullhead City MALC (0-2) in an elimination game at noon.

Chino Valley won Pool 1 by virtue of shutting out Kingman Academy (10-0) and beating MALC. Academy beat Kingman 5-1 and gets the No. 6 seed.

Josh Allen kept Kingman in check for the Tigers, pitching five innings without allowing a run on one hit and two walks. Allen struck out nine Bulldogs, and Jacob Cave got the sole hit for Kingman.

Chy Banda knocked a two-run triple for the Academy, and Allen helped his own cause with a run-scoring double.

Due to seeding rules, Kingman (1-1) is the No. 4 seed and plays Mohave (1-1) at 10 a.m., and the Academy (1-1) plays Gila Ridge at noon.

All games today and Saturday will be played at KHS.

Gila Ridge, last year's tournament champion, went 2-0 in Pool 2 for the No. 3 seed. Gila Ridge beat Needles (12-3) and Mohave (7-5). Needles (0-2) is seeded No. 9 and Mohave (1-1) is No. 5.