Prep Roundup: Bridges propels Tigers to comeback victory over Parker
KINGMAN – Sometimes all it takes is one swing of the bat.
That was the case Tuesday afternoon as Isaac Bridges’ RBI single gave the Kingman Academy High School baseball team a thrilling 8-7 win over Parker at Southside Park.
The Tigers faced a one-run deficit entering the bottom of the seventh inning, but quickly tied the game when Wyatt Hall drove in Ryan Hurley on a sacrifice fly.
Academy started its rally when Hurley was hit by a pitch, followed by a walk to Kaden Bean. Hall stepped up to the plate and knotted the game, but it appeared there would be extra innings after the Tigers tallied their second out.
But Dallas Edwards was walked and Bridges came through with the game-winning base knock.
Adam Chastain was also instrumental with three RBI, while Joe Sanfillipo had two hits and drove in a run. Bean added a two-run homer in Academy’s five-run third inning.
Hurley picked up the win on the mound after throwing a perfect 1/3 inning of relief.
The Tigers (3-4, 1-0 3A West Region) make the short trip to face Kingman (2-0, 1-0) at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in a doubleheader.
Kingman 13, Chino Valley 2
At Chino Valley, the Lady Bulldogs had little issue on the road Tuesday in a 13-2 win over the Lady Cougars in six innings due to the run rule.
“I was proud of the focus our girls had going into the game,” said Kingman head coach Craig Lee. “We hit the ball well and set the tone quickly by scoring five runs in the first inning.”
Morgan Stephens led the offense with a 3-for-4 performance that included two doubles and a RBI, while Maddy Chamberlain also had three hits and drove in two runs. Kayli Toms rounded out the top performers with two hits and two runs scored.
Lilianna Valdivia was victorious in the circle after allowing two earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts and no walks in a complete-game effort.
The Lady Bulldogs (3-1, 2-0 3A West Region) make the short trip to Southside Park to battle Kingman Academy (2-5, 0-2) at 3:45 p.m. Thursday.
Academy 9, Parker 0
At Southside Park, the Lady Tigers used excellent pitching and timely hitting Tuesday afternoon to shut out the Lady Broncs 9-0.
Abbie Bean tossed a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts and no walks and also helped her own cause with two hits and two RBI.
Lynsey Day added two hits and drove in three runs, while Randa Short and Ashlee Steele each notched a RBI.
Academy (2-5, 0-2 3A West Region) hosts crosstown rival Kingman at 3:45 p.m. Thursday at Southside Park.