Bulldogs go 3-1 in Pepsi Classic tourney
KINGMAN - Despite winning three of four games, the Kingman High softball team had to settle for a consolation showing at the 2010 Kingman Pepsi Softball Classic played at Centennial Park Friday and Saturday.
"It was a productive tournament," KHS coach Dave Vance said. "We were a little disappointed we didn't get in the championship."
KHS won Pool A Friday when they went 2-0. The Lady Bulldogs pounded Avondale La Joya 11-0, and then took care of the Prescott Badgers 6-3.
"Our first two games we looked really sharp," Vance said. "We didn't rely on the long ball and moved runners around."
La Joya eked past Prescott 2-1 to start the tournament and finished second in the pool.
Las Vegas Cheyenne won Pool B with a 2-0 record and Lake Havasu finished second at 1-1. Window Rock went 0-2.
KHS met up with its nemesis Havasu in the semifinals. Havasu pulled out an 8-5 win to hand the Lady Bulldogs their only loss of the tournament.
Havasu scored in the first and held that lead until the bottom of third when KHS tied it. Monica Salazar tripled for the Lady Bulldogs and scored on Kyra William's double to right-center field.
The Knights capitalized on an error in the fourth to score twice, but KHS battled back again. McKenzie Overson tripled and scored on Tesla Morgan's single. Bianca Sapien grounded out to second base, which advanced Morgan to second. Michelle Bracy then reached first by error and Jill Collins hit into a force out of Bracy at second, which moved Morgan to third. Collins stole second and Morgan scored on the throw.
Havasu put the game out of reach with four runs in the fifth. KHS scored twice more in the sixth when Overson blasted a shot over the leftfielder for a home run. Morgan tripled and crossed the plate when Sapien grounded out to third.
"We seemed to rely on the one big hit," Vance said.
KHS wrapped the tournament up with an 18-6 walkover of Window Rock. The Lady Bulldogs scored seven runs in the first and never looked back. KHS catcher Beth Hiser had a big game with a home run in the first and a double in the second, as KHS led 15-0.
"Coach has us doing a lot of batting," the sophomore said. "We were mentally tough in thinking we would make contact."
The Lady Bulldogs hope the tournament provides some positive energy when the regular season resumes Monday in Anthem against Boulder Creek. KHS was shut down last week with two losses by a combined score of 25-2, including 11-1 at Havasu.