Vols inch back as contenders for baseball playoffs
KINGMAN - The Lee Williams Volunteers began their quest to get back into the top 24 by dominating MALC Thursday in Bullhead City, 10-0.
MALC (0-7 Division IV) could only get one baserunner in scoring position, and that was in the opening inning.
It was a slow start for No. 30 Lee Williams (7-3 D-III). The Vols didn't score until the third inning, when three runs crossed the plate. Lee Williams added three more in the fourth, and four in the sixth that put the 10-run mercy rule into effect.
Catcher Kenyon Rowley went 2-for-2 with a home run. He scored twice and walked twice. Richard Serrano also went 2-for-2. He added a walk and scored a run.
The Vols have five games left on the schedule to move themselves into playoff position and play the first of those when hosting Needles, Calif., at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Boyett, Tigers slam Seligman
Caleb Boyett belted a grand slam and pitched 3-2/3 innings to get the win, as Kingman Academy pummeled Seligman (2-9 D-IV) in non-section action Friday at Southside Park, 16-3.
Boyett ended the day with six runs batted in, and he struck out nine Antelopes.
Josh Allen also homered for the Academy (10-5 D-III, 3-3 Section II). Allen and Cody Quick each had three hits, and Boyett and Clay Benson each had two.
Academy returns to section action when they face North Pointe Prep (1-12, 1-4) at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in Phoenix.
Havasu blasts Bulldogs, 25-0
No. 14 Lake Havasu (13-1 D-II) handed the Kingman Bulldogs their worst loss of the season when the Knights rode the back of an 18-run second inning for a non-section win Thursday in Lake Havasu City, 25-0.
Kingman (2-12 D-II) managed two hits in the loss, as Jacob Cave and Colton Stanley had singles. The Bulldogs host Sierra Linda (6-5 D-II) in non-section action at 3:45 p.m. Monday.
MALC upsets Lee Williams
MALC (7-2 D-IV) scored the go-ahead run in the last of the sixth and upset D-III No. 14-ranked Lee Williams Thursday in Bullhead City, 4-3.
"Their pitcher shut us down, and they just beat us," said LWHS softball coach Mike Cummings. "We weren't mentally ready to play."
After surrendering a slim 1-0 lead in the last of the fifth, Lee Williams (9-4) tied it in the sixth at 3-3 with two runs. Holly McFadyen started a two-out rally for the Lady Vols with a single to center field. Sidney Clark tripled McFadyen in, and Keltzey Paulson's infield grounder drove Clark home.
McFadyen, Rebecca LeClair and Victoria each had two hits for Lee Williams. Clark took the loss in the circle, surrendering four runs, three earned, on four hits and eight walks. Clark struck out seven Patriots in 5-1/3 innings. Mia Santos cleaned up for Clark.
A tough test lies ahead for Lee Williams when it faces No. 5 River Valley (13-0 D-III) at 6 p.m. Monday in Mohave Valley.
KAHS holds off Seligman, 12-10
Jessica Plew and Dakota Parker drove in Jillian Winters and Kiersten Kinsey with singles in the bottom of the sixth, and Kingman Academy escaped with a non-section win over Seligman Friday at Southside Park, 12-10.
Seligman (8-3 D-IV) broke open the game with a six-run fourth inning to lead 7-2, but the Academy (5-10 D-III) clawed back with three in the fourth and five in the fifth that kept the Antelopes at arm's reach.
Kinsey finished the game with four hits - two singles, a double and triple.
The Lady Tigers have a tough road test when they meet Lake Havasu (6-5 D-II) at 4 p.m. Monday in Lake Havasu City.
It was a cold day for tennis, and Kingman felt the chill in an 8-1 loss to Coconino (9-2, 3-1) in D-II, Section III action Thursday in Flagstaff. Kingman (4-9, 1-3) got its only point in No. 3 doubles, as Holland McLean and Hannah Heiden paired up for an 8-2 win over Brittany Bennett a Stasia Buzzell.
The Lady Bulldogs close out the regular season by hosting Flagstaff (8-2, 2-0) in a Section III match at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.