KINGMAN – The No. 15-ranked Kingman Academy baseball team used a strong first inning Tuesday at Southside Park to pick up a convincing 18-2 win over Mohave Accelerated in five innings due to the run-rule.
The Tigers exploded for nine runs in the first inning and never looked back as they scored at least two runs in every frame of a 16-hit team performance.
Kaden Bean led the way with a perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate, highlighted by three RBIs and three runs scored. Levi Garcia went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored, while Kannon Butler was also 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Colton Winters, Wyatt Hall and Noah Weiler each finished with two RBIs to round out the top performers.
Donald Tatham picked up the win as he yielded one earned run on three hits with five strikeouts and two walks in three inning of work. Butler earned the save after striking out four and giving up just one hit in two innings.
Kingman Academy (12-5, 7-1 in 2A West) hosts Parker (10-6, 8-0) in a 2A West first-place showdown at 3:45 p.m. Friday at Southside Park.
Chino Valley 3, Kingman 0
At KHS, Kingman welcomed Chino Valley to town Tuesday and tallied just three hits in 3-0 loss.
The Bulldogs yielded two runs in the first, but pitcher Rilee Araya found his groove as he struck out eight and walked only two in 6 2/3 innings of work. Araya was still dealt the loss as Kingman committed four errors in the game.
Chino Valley’s Brian Sutton picked up the win, striking out seven and walking three in a complete-game effort.
The Bulldogs (6-10, 2-6 in 3A West) travel to Wickenburg Friday for a 3:45 p.m. contest.
Academy 12, MALC 2
At Southside Park, No. 12-ranked Kingman Academy hosted Mohave Accelerated Tuesday and cruised to a 12-2 victory in six innings due to the run-rule.
Kassidy Campbell led the Lady Tigers as she went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a run batted in, while Shaunti Short also finished with three hits and a run batted in and a run scored. Maryssa Edwards picked up the win in the circle, yielding two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and two walks in six innings of work.
Kingman Academy (12-3, 8-0 in 2A West) travels to River Valley Thursday for a 6:30 p.m. contest.
Lee Williams 20, Cortez 4
At Centennial Park, Lee Williams racked up 14 hits Monday in a 20-4 win over Cortez in five innings due to the run-rule.
The Lady Volunteers scored nine runs in the first, eight in the second and three in the third to snap a 10-game losing streak.
Holly McFadyen led the way with five RBIs and two runs scored in a perfect 3-for-3 day. Kristen Heitzman added three hits, while Kenzie Peterson drove in three runs.
Lee Williams (3-11, 0-9 in 4A Grand Canyon) return to the field at 3:45 p.m. Friday as they host Lake Havasu at Centennial Park.
Gila Ridge 9, Lee Williams 0
Lee Williams wrapped up its season Tuesday against Gila Ridge and lost a 9-0 decision to finish 3-12 and 0-6 in Section III.
Lake Havasu 9, Kingman 0
Kingman couldn’t end its season on a high note Tuesday as it dropped a 9-0 loss to Lake Havasu.
The Bulldogs conclude the year with an overall record of 0-11 and 0-4 in Section VI.
Gila Ridge 8, Lee Williams 1
Lee Williams wrapped up the regular season Tuesday with an 8-1 loss to Gila Ridge to finish 6-9 overall and 1-5 in Section III.
Lake Havasu 8, Kingman 1
Kingman hosted Lake Havasu Tuesday and lost an 8-1 decision.
The Lady Bulldogs end their season with an overall record of 3-8 and 2-2 in Section VI.