Prep Roundup: Araya tosses shutout as Bulldogs beat Chino Valley
KINGMAN – The bats caught fire at the best possible time Monday afternoon as the Kingman High School baseball team backed Rilee Araya’s great outing in a 4-0 road shutout of No. 16 ranked Chino Valley (8-6, 2-6 3A West Region).
Araya struck out nine in a five-hitter to help propel the Bulldogs into first place in the 3A West Region.
Kingman made sure Araya’s gem didn’t go to waste as it spread 13 hits throughout the lineup.
TJ Harviston and Luke Ness led the way with a triple apiece, while Araya helped his own cause with a RBI double in the fifth inning.
Dante Bravo, Matt Mendez and Connor Ocampo also finished with two hits each as Kingman outhit Chino Valley by a 13-5 margin.
The No. 12 ranked Bulldogs (8-5, 6-2) host 25th-ranked Wickenburg (8-8, 5-3) at 3:45 p.m. Thursday.
Wickenburg 10, Kingman Academy 8
At Southside Park, the Tigers watched a commanding lead disappear in the ninth inning Monday during a 10-8 setback to the Wranglers.
Kingman Academy led 8-1 entering the top of the seventh, but Wickenburg rallied for nine runs to knock off the Tigers.
Braden Judd led the offense as he tallied two hits and drove in four runs, while Joe Sanfilippo went 3-for-4.
Wyatt Hall, Ryan Hurley, Hayven Potter and Isaac Bridges rounded out the top performers with two hits apiece.
The No. 15 ranked Tigers (10-7, 6-3 3A West Region) make the trek to Salt River Fields to battle No. 14 ranked Blue Ridge (7-5, 3-3 3A East Region) at 3:45 p.m. Friday.
Kingman Academy 14, Wickenburg 6
At Southside Park, Randa Short came to play Monday afternoon as the junior went 2-for-3 with five RBIs in the Lady Tigers’ 14-6 rout of the No. 27 ranked Lady Wranglers (5-9, 0-8 3A West Region).
Lynsey Day and Gabi Lobue added three hits each, while Abbie Bean went 2-for-3.
Bean picked up the win in the circle after striking out 12 with one walk in a complete-game effort.
No. 23 ranked Academy (6-10, 3-5) wraps up the regular season with a doubleheader at No. 15 ranked Northwest Christian (11-3, 4-3). First pitch is set for 1:30 p.m. Monday.
Chino Valley 8, Kingman 4
At KHS, the Lady Bulldogs started strong Monday but faded late in an 8-4 setback to the No. 18 ranked Lady Cougars (8-7, 4-4 3A West Region).
Kingman jumped out to a 4-3 advantage after the second inning, but couldn’t scratch across another run.
The Lady Bulldogs were only outhit by an 8-7 margin, but seven errors proved costly in their fourth straight loss.
Kearra Tauta, Morgan Stephens, Ariana Mckowan each tallied an RBI to pace Kingman’s offense.
The No. 21 ranked Lady Bulldogs (7-8, 4-4 3A West Region) host No. 27 ranked Wickenburg (5-9, 0-8) at 3:45 p.m. Thursday.