KINGMAN - Powered by a seven-run second inning, Kingman North took care of business in the first round of the Arizona District 9 11-12 All Stars tournament over Lake Havasu North Monday at Southside Park, 11-4.
Havasu North (0-1) took an early but short-lived lead with four runs in the top of the second off of pitcher Roman Perea. Two North errors allowed Havasu to extend the inning with only one earned run.
North (1-0) then sent 15 batters to the plate in its half of the inning. Devean Santos knocked in three runs with a bases-clearing double, and Ryan Thomas tripled with a shot to right-center field that hit the bottom of the fence.
"All I can say is that boys played a great game," said North coach Andy Patterson. "We had excellent pitching, and we started hitting the ball. These boys stay in there and go for it."
North scored three more runs in the third inning and one more in the fifth.
Four North pitchers combined to strike out 16 Havasu batters and limited it to six hits. Perea, Kaden Hatchell, R.J. Boslett and Santos combined for the win.
Santos pitched the final inning for North. His final pitch of the game was a beautiful curveball that had the Havasu batter ducking and bracing to get hit. However, Santos's pitch was nothing short of picturesque as it crossed the plate to end the game on a strikeout.
"My brother taught me how to throw it," Santos said. "I finally threw it in a game and it worked."
Santos also carried a big stick for North. He went 3-for-4 with the double and finished with four runs batted in. Conner O'Campo also went 3-for-4 with a double. He drove in two and scored twice. Perea had two hits, and Hatchell went 2-for-2 with a triple. He scored three runs.
Other scores from Monday were: Havasu South 16, Needles 0. Blythe 20, Bullhead City 0. Parker 5, Mohave Valley 4.
North played Parker Tuesday, and Kingman Little League faced Havasu South. Results from Tuesday were not available by deadline.
9-10 All Stars
At Blythe, Calif., the Kingman North Little League 9-10 All-Star team eliminated Havasu South Monday, 13-1. The win put North (3-1) into the championship round against Blythe (3-0), and the locals need to beat Blythe twice for the title. Blythe (3-0) sent North into the elimination bracket with a 14-8 win Friday.
"We played well," said North coach Chad Benson about the win over Havasu. "It took a little bit to get the bats going, but they made some great plays."
One of those great plays came from left fielder Vonn Anderson. After catching a fly ball in the bottom of the fourth, he gunned down a Havasu runner tagging up and racing for home.
Ben Brown pitched a complete game get the win for North.
Noah Petrauschke went 2-for-3 with two doubles for North. Cade Benson was 2-for-3 with a bases-loaded triple, and Brodie O'Banion tripled.
The first game of the championship round was played Tuesday. Results were not available by deadline. If North won, the two teams are scheduled to meet again today.