KINGMAN - Lake Havasu built up an 11-5 lead and held off a Kingman comeback in the final two innings to win the Coca-Cola Invitational Saturday at Centennial Park, 11-9.
Kingman finished the tournament 4-1 and held its opponents to just nine runs in the first four games. However, seven errors against Havasu sunk the Lady Bulldogs.
"Unfortunately, our defense didn't show up for the championship game," said KHS softball coach Dave Vance. "But we battled back, and I'm real proud of them for that."
In Saturday's bracket play, KHS defeated Window Rock (17-2) and Trevor Browne (15-0) before falling to Havasu. In the win over Window Rock, the Lady Bulldogs used a 13-run fourth inning to eliminate the Scouts. Dani Shaw had a hit and three runs batted in for Kingman.
The Lady Bulldogs needed just three innings to put away Trevor Browne. Catherine Angle had three hits, including a triple, and five RBIs.
Kingman earned the Blue Pool's No. 1 seed with two wins on Friday. The Lady Bulldogs took down MALC, 15-5, and Trevor Brown, 18-2.
Kingman scored seven runs in the opening inning of its tournament to cruise past MALC. Ally Applegate went 2-for-3 with three runs batted in, and Catherine Angle added a two-run single for the Lady Bulldogs.
Kingman used another big first inning in the win over Trevor Browne, scoring 13 runs. Alana Edgecomb went 2-for-3 with two triples and five RBIs to lead the Lady Bulldogs. Natalie Borgens went 2-for-2 with a triple and three RBIs, and Angle had two hits and drove in three. Borgens earned both wins in the circle for Kingman.
"Overall, I'm extremely happy," Vance said. "Our bats came alive. Some of the girls had 12 to 15 hits for the tournament."
Lee Williams won the consolation bracket with a 6-5 win over Kingman Academy. Lee Williams went 4-1 and was knocked out of championship contention by Havasu in the quarterfinals, 9-2. Academy jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but the Lady Vols took the win in their final at-bats with two runs. Rebecca LeClair went 3-for-3 with three RBIs for Lee Williams.
Lee Williams was disappointed with the Havasu loss. During Friday's pool play, the Lady Vols dismantled Havasu, 11-1.
"We gave it to them," said LWHS softball coach Mike Cummings. "There's no way you beat a team like that one day and lose like we did the next."
Kingman Academy entered the championship bracket after going 2-0 Friday with a pair of 9-6 wins over Window Rock and Copper Canyon.
Against Window Rock, the Academy used a five-run fourth inning for the win. Jessica Plew went 3-3 with two RBIs to lead the Lady Tigers.
It was a six-run first for the Academy in the win over Copper Canyon. Kylie Tomlinson went 1-for-3 with three RBIs for the Lady Tigers.
The Academy went 4-2, and the Lady Tigers look toward a promising future once some of the kinks get ironed out.
"I'm optimistic with the majority of our girls being sophomores and freshmen," said KAHS softball coach Tim Pena. "We have to cure our base-running mistakes. We just can't afford those."