Prep Softball: Kingman struggles at the plate, routed by Chino Valley
KINGMAN – The Kingman softball team didn’t have any problem getting runners on base Tuesday against Chino Valley as it left the bases loaded on a number of occasions.
Unfortunately, the Lady Bulldogs only brought one runner home in a 12-1 loss to the Lady Cougars in five innings due to the run-rule.
“We had a lot of opportunities to put some runs up, but we just didn’t see the ball well,” Kingman softball coach Craig Lee said. “We didn’t get it done when it counted. It happens. We’re a very, very young team. So we’re just going to work harder tomorrow and keep trying to get better every day.”
The Lady Bulldogs finished with just five hits and never recovered after yielding eight runs in the first inning. Payton Chamberlain was dealt the loss as the Kingman starting pitcher struggled with her command, finishing with nine walks.
“(Chamberlain), who has been pitching strong the last few weeks, was off today,” Lee said. “So it was just one of those days. I don’t want to fuss at the girls too much because they have been playing better. They’ve definitely been improving and working hard.”
Offensively, no Lady Bulldog finished with more than one hit as they couldn’t figure out Chino Valley’s Keigan Willingham. The junior pitcher allowed one unearned run and struck out five in five innings of work.
“(Willingham) threw changeups and we were jumping out ahead of balls,” Lee said. “We never set back. We never adjusted. We’ve been hitting the ball really well the last couple of weeks, but today wasn’t our day.”
Kingman (3-11, 1-5 in 3A West) returns to the field at 3:45 p.m. Friday for a road contest at Wickenburg. The Lady Bulldogs know they aren’t going to make the playoffs, but want to use the last two games as an opportunity to get better as a team.
“We’re just trying to teach them how to be more consistent every day at practice, every pitch, every at-bat and every rep in the infield,” Lee said. “That’s what we’re looking for the rest of the season – just continue to work on our consistency.”
In action last Friday, Kingman connected on 18 hits in a 20-7 win at home over Mohave Accelerated.
Cheri Roundy led the way as she went 3-for-4 with a grand slam and six RBIs. Chamberlain went a perfect 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs, while Kearra Tauta was 3-for-4 a home run and three RBIs.