3/24/2013 6:00:00 AM Offense sputters in Kingman High's 2-1 softball loss Lady Bulldogs struggle to get offense moving
Kingman High first basemen, Raenay Wilson tries to catch Glendale Copper Canyon’s Elexa Gaitan leaning off first base in the third inning of KHS’s 2-1 loss to Copper Canyon Friday afternoon during the Coca-Cola Invitational softball tournament at Centennial Park. RODNEY HAAS/Miner
KHS’ Raenay Wilson tracks the flight of a ball in the fifth inning against Glendale Copper Canyon Friday afternoon. RODNEY HAAS/Miner
KINGMAN - Entering the Coca-Cola Classic Invitational, Kingman High softball coach Dave Vance was hoping the tournament would be a springboard for his team to come out of its hitting slump.
The good news for Vance on Friday was that his team did put together five hits in its tournament opener against Glendale Copper Canyon. The bad news: the hits were widely scattered as the Lady Bulldogs left eight runners on base in a 2-1 loss.
"We had everything you want except for timely hits," Vance said. "We had our chances."
KHS (2-8) was able to capitalize on Taylor Olivas' leadoff double in the bottom of first inning for its lone run, but left two runners on in the second and third innings and the bases loaded in the fourth.
"I feel bad for Danni (Lee) because she pitched a great game," Vance said. "But the bottom line we didn't get the timely hits."
Lee pitched six innings before the game was called due the tournament time limit. She gave up two runs on three hits while striking out seven and walking four.
Olivas led the Lady Bulldogs at the plate, going 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored.
Copper Canyon capitalized on a KHS error in the third inning to score its only two runs.
"We try to instill in them that at this level, one mistake can cost you the game," Vance said. "This is a clear case of it."
KHS lost 10-1 to Buckeye Youngker later in the day and continued play Saturday morning.
KHS will host Prescott Tuesday and travel to Prescott Valley Bradshaw Mountain Thursday.