Tigers remain unbeaten in 2A West

Kingman Academy hurler Kannon Butler throws to first baseman Kaden Bean in an attempt to pick off a Trivium baserunner Tuesday. Butler earned the win in the Tigers’ 8-1 victory at Southside Park.

Photo by JC Amberlyn.

Kingman Academy hurler Kannon Butler throws to first baseman Kaden Bean in an attempt to pick off a Trivium baserunner Tuesday. Butler earned the win in the Tigers’ 8-1 victory at Southside Park.

KINGMAN – Freshman Ryan Hurley socked his first high school home run and Kannon Butler threw six strong innings to lead Kingman Academy High School to an 8-1 win over Trivium Prep Tuesday at Southside Park.

Hurley’s two-run shot in the first inning barely cleared the fence with a strong wind blowing out, and that’s good enough in the scorebook.

He built the count to 3-0, took a pitch for a strike and saw the same pitch again when he knocked it the other way.

“I usually hit the ball hard, but in the gap or on the ground, never deep and high,” the third baseman said.

Kaden Bean rapped a couple hits and Wyatt Hall had a double to key the Tigers’ offense that put the game away with five runs in the second inning. Braden Judd and Landon Colvig also singled for the Tigers.

Butler gave up five hits, struck out four and walked one. He had to work on the mound during the game, filling in a hole where his foot landed on his follow-through.

Kingman Academy beat Trivium 18-4 in Goodyear last week, and coach Bill McCord noticed a “lack of intensity” Tuesday as the Tigers played down to their opponent’s level. “That’s frustrating,” McCord said. “We’ve got some tough games coming up. I need them to stay at a high level.”

Kingman Academy (7-4 2A Conferce, 4-0 West Region) was scheduled to play River Valley at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday at Southside Park.