KINGMAN - The promise of a good season has shown early signs of coming to fruition for the Kingman Academy Lady Tigers softball team.
The Academy opened the regular season at Kingman with a seventh-inning two-run rally for a win, and then started the Copper Classic tournament in Bagdad with two more.
Thursday's game against Kingman (0-2) was a slugfest. The two teams combined for 19 hits and 16 runs in the Lady Tigers' 9-7 win.
The game went into seventh and final inning tied at 7-7. In the top half, Academy's Ashteyn Whirlow tripled with one out and then scored on Abbie Boss's single. After Sarah Schrade walked, Boss advanced to third on a passed ball. Shaunti Short reached first on an infield error that scored Boss to give the Lady Tigers the 9-7 edge.
Academy's Jessica Plew retired Kingman in order in the last of the seventh to preserve the win.
Stephanie Scott led the Lady Tigers at the plate. Scott drove in three runs with two hits, including a triple. Boss went 2-for-4 with three runs scored, and Short went 2-for-5.
Plew earned the win by pitching five innings in relief of Maryssa Edwards. Plew gave up six runs, four earned, on nine hits and two walks. She struck out five. Edwards threw two innings and allowed an unearned run on two walks and no hits. Edwards struck out three.
Natalie Borgens took the loss for Kingman. She threw a complete game and gave up the nine runs, only three earned, on nine hits and three walks. She stuck out 12.
"If we want to win these games, we have to clean up our defense," said KHS softball coach wCraig Lee. "Natalie pitched a terrific game. We just had too many errors and mental mistakes."
Borgens also led the Lady Bulldogs at the plate. She went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run, five runs batted in and scored twice. Courtney Gibson went 2-for-4.
At the Bagdad tournament on Friday, the Academy began play by drubbing host Bagdad, 19-0. The Lady Tigers scored 14 runs in the second inning. Plew went 4-for-4 with two RBIs, and Short was 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
The Academy backed that up with a 7-3 win over Chino Valley. Plew was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Kassidy Campbell was 2-for-4 with two triples and three RBIs. Maryssa Edwards pitched a complete game to earn the win. She gave up three runs, one earned, on eight hits and three walks. Edwards struck out 11.
The Lady Tigers concluded the tournament on Saturday. Results were not available by deadline. The Academy hosts Mohave (1-0) at 4 p.m. Monday at Centennial Park's Field 7.
Kingman next plays at Parker (0-1) at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.