Photo by Beau Bearden.
KINGMAN – The Kingman Academy softball team found immense success during the 2017 season as the Lady Tigers went 10-0 in 2A West play and finished 14-4 in the 2A conference. Kingman Academy’s accomplishments didn’t go unnoticed as seven Lady Tigers and coach Tim Pena garnered all-region accolades.
“We had a really, really good year,” Pena said. “The girls bought into the whole process that we were trying to instill in them – hard work, dedication to your team, practice and so forth. It is just really nice to see that you implement a process and the girls buy into it and they end up achieving great things.”
Jessica Plew highlighted the honorees, as the junior pitcher was not only named to the all-region first team, but she was also selected as the Region Defensive Player of the Year. In 2A West action, Plew finished with a 0.98 ERA in 23 2/3 innings of work.
Cassidy Hobbs and Maryssa Edwards joined Plew on the all-region first team. Hobbs and Edwards are quite familiar with each other as a catcher-pitcher battery. However, Edwards was honored for her play at first base.
“Maryssa (Edwards) did an awesome job for us this year,” Pena said. “She pitched, played first base and still hit .400 or above. She worked really hard in the offseason.”
Kingman Academy’s Jillian Winters and Shaunti Short picked up all-region second team accolades.
“(Jillian Winters) is the spark plug to our team,” Pena said. “When Jilly goes, we go. When she’s hitting well, we can just throw up numbers.”
Kassidy Campbell and Chloe Elliot, meanwhile, were named honorable mention and Pena was named region Coach of the Year. It was his first such award in the AIA, but he was quick to focus on the team.
“My accolades aren’t a big deal,” Pena said. “I like to stay focused on the kids.”
The Lady Tigers enter 2018 with a strong class of eight seniors.