KINGMAN – The Kingman High School softball team played a pair of games last week, defeating Parker 12-1 Saturday and dropping a 12-2 loss to River Valley on Friday.
“We have definitely been playing better the last four to five games,” Kingman softball coach Craig Lee said. “Payton Chamberlain has been pitching solid games for us. Taylor Reed is hitting the ball as good as anyone in our region. We are really working on being versatile for the future.”
Chamberlain lived up to her coach’s praise in Saturday’s win, allowing just two hits and two walks, while striking out eight in seven innings of work. Chamberlain also helped her own cause at the plate, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a pair of doubles.
Kearra Tauta also excelled at the plate, finishing 4-for-5 with two RBIs and a double. Reed went 3-for-5 with a run batted in, while Morgan Stephens was 2-for-5.
In Friday’s game, Kingman was unable to inch any closer than 3-2 after River Valley used a solid fifth inning.
“(River Valley) got their rhythm in the fifth inning and hit the ball really well,” Lee said. “We played a solid game, they just hit better than we did.”
Reed went 2-for-3 at the plate, while Chamberlain finished 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles.
The Lady Bulldogs (2-9, 1-4 in 3A West) host Mohave Accelerated at 2 p.m. Friday.
Academy 19, Tonopah Valley 3
At Southside Park, the Kingman Academy softball team hosted Tonopah Valley Monday and overcame a slow start to cruise to a 19-3 win in five innings due to the run-rule.
The Lady Tigers outhit Tonopah Valley 13-4, led by Jessica Plew, who finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Jillian Winters added a 2-for-4 performance with three runs scored and two RBIs, while Kassidy Campbell went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and a run batted in.
Chloe Elliott, Maryssa Edwards and Trinity Player rounded out the top performers as each finished with two RBIs.
Player picked up the win in the circle, yielding three earned runs on four hits with five strikeouts and two walks in four innings of work.
Tonopah Valley jumped out to a 3-1 advantage after the first inning, but the Lady Tigers didn’t allow another run.
Kingman Academy used an 11-run third inning to pull away and remain undefeated in 2A West action.
The Lady Tigers (9-3, 5-0 in 2A West) traveled to Tonopah Valley Tuesday to finish its two-game series. Results weren’t available by press time.
The Tigers return to the field at 4 p.m. Thursday at Mohave Accelerated.
Academy 11, Tonopah Valley 0
At Southside Park, Donnie Tatham played a big role in the Kingman Academy baseball team defeating Tonopah Valley at Southside Park Monday. Tatham yielded just one hit and a walk, while striking out nine in an 11-0 shutout in five innings due to the run-rule.
Tatham also helped his own cause at the plate, finishing with two RBIs and a run scored.
Bradley Hecker led the Tigers offensively, going 2-for-2 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Braden Judd added a 2-for-3 performance, highlighted by two runs scored and a run batted in. Kaden Bean also had two hits and two RBIs. Levi Garcia and Colton Winters rounded out the top performers as each Tiger tallied a run batted.
The Tigers scored their first run of the game in the first inning and never looked back as they exploded for seven runs in the third inning on the way to victory.
Kingman Academy (9-4, 5-0 in 2A West) traveled to Tonopah Valley Tuesday to finish its two-game series. Results weren’t available by press time.
The Tigers are back in action at 3:30 p.m. Thursday on the road against Mohave Accelerated.