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Kingman teams eliminated from Little League tournament play

The Kingman South Indians and the Kingman North Rockies had a short stay in the single-elimination Tournament of Champions on Monday at Southside Park.

Bullhead City edged the Kingman South Indians 3-1 and Lake Havasu North defeated the Kingman North Rockies 5-1.

"I knew the game was going to be low scoring," Kingman South Indians coach Shane Duraggo said.

"Bullhead City is tough every year, but I think that we have a good program every year.

We will get ready for all-stars and hopefully we will get them there."

The Tournament of Champions is a tournament between each first place team in the district.

"They were a little nervous, but I thought that the kids played well,"

Kingman North Rockies coach Ernie Tapia said.

"I thought that the Lake Havasu pitchers were pretty good, but I think that our kids came a long ways."

Teams in the tournament are Kingman North, Kingman South, Lake Havasu City North and Lake Havasu City South, Parker, Bullhead City, Mohave Valley, Golden Valley, Laughlin and Needles.

The Kingman South Indians and Bullhead City game came down to the wire.

Heading into the bottom of the sixth inning Bullhead City had a 3-1 lead, but the Kingman South Indians made things interesting by loading the bases.

With two outs Bullhead City ended the game with a strike out to advance in the tournament.

"When we had a couple of guys on bases I thought that our chances were pretty good," Duraggo said.

"We had a lot of errors that were costly to us and that gave them their three runs."

For the Kingman South Indians R.J.

Graves pitched all six innings striking out 15 and giving up two hits.

"At the start R.J.

got down on himself because he is really competitive," Duraggo said.

"He just got back focused and he threw great for us.

It's hard to lose a game when you have 15 strike outs."

Dakota Foster and Tanner Theel had the lone hits for the Kingman South Indians.

In the Kingman North Rockies game the score was tied at 1-1 after three innings of play.

In the fourth inning Lake Havasu North scored four times and held on for the 5-1 victory.

"After that inning it just got away from us," Tapia said.

"I thought that the defense was pretty good, but we were just a little slow trying to catch up to the ball.

Lake Havasu has always been our rivalry, but we have nothing

to be ashamed off."

Jordan Fuqua had two hits and John Soto had one hit for the Kingman North Rockies.

Fuqua went the distance for the Kingman North Rockies giving up five runs in six innings.


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