KINGMAN - The traveling Kingman Senior Softball squad has added another trophy to the mantle. KSS won the Western States Championship in Prescott on Sunday.
KSS won its seeding games by scores of 14-8 and 12-10 on Saturday. In double elimination tournament games played Saturday and Sunday, KSS posted 14-6 and 13-12 victories before blowing out the Arizona Heat 19-3 for the championship.
KSS is 27-12 in the calendar year with championships in four of the seven tournaments entered. Three of those titles were nationally sanctioned qualifiers.
Team Captain Bob Posey said the team has come a long way from its first year of struggles. He said a team that once found a way to lose now finds ways to win when the chips are down.
"Somebody makes a play. Somebody gets the base hit," Posey said. "And it's a different player all the time. Frequently it's a role player rather that comes through in the clutch rather than always the best players winning games."
Sixteen players, supported by another couple of dozen family members made the trip as the KSS posse seems to grow each road trip.
"I think that's the strength of our team. That it's about community and family. Everybody's there to support each other. You see it on and off the field," Posey said. "It's not just the guys going to play softball for the weekend. It's a family event."
Team manager Dave Hawkins thanked the various sponsors who've supported the team during its three year run. KSS next plays in Flagstaff Aug. 13 and 14.
KSS finished second at the world championships at the AA level last fall and will play the event again in Las Vegas this fall at the AAA level.
KSS is also fundraising for a trip to the Tournament of Champions in Florida next February.