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Local Glance: Mar. 15
One bad defensive inning proved costly for Kofa at home Thursday in a 3-2 loss to Gila Ridge.
Gila Ridge scored all of its runs in the second, and all were unearned. Kaelin Fox led the inning off with a two-base error in center field and went to third on a single by Makinleigh Duran. Nikki Kelland replaced Duran at first on a fielders' choice, then Melissa Madrigal hit a ball to center that was misplayed again, scoring two. Candra Land singled home Madrigal.
Coach Jaime McGalliard called both hits doubles, but the official home book listed the plays as errors. Either way, it was a big win for the Hawks.
“We didn't have focus at Lake Havasu on Tuesday, and we've lacked mental focus throughout the season,” McGalliard said. “We've learned that as we play better and better teams, you're not going to be able to get away with that.”
Ashley Van Why and Ariana Rader had two hits each for the Hawks, and Kelland picked up the win, allowing two earned runs.
Miranda Mendoza took the loss for the Kings, despite not allowing an earned run.
The Kings scored one in the first and one in the sixth. They had two on and two outs after scoring their final run, but couldn't push it across.
Kofa coach Emma Morrison said a new right fielder led to communication problems between the right and center fielders that resulted in the two key errors.
“We had tons of opportunities. We outhit them,” Morrison said. “We had a long weekend, playing in a tournament, and we played yesterday. I know the girls are exhausted, but still.”
Kofa blanks Gila Ridge
Manny Camacho pitched seven scoreless innings as Kofa topped Gila Ridge 7-0 on Thursday.
Gila Ridge managed just four hits in the game. Camacho struck out two and walked one.
Gila Ridge sweeps Antelope
The Gila Ridge boys tennis team blanked Antelope 9-0, while the host Rams lost 8-1 to the Hawks in the girls match.
Dillon Chavez was the only Hawk boy to lose a set in a No. 1 match to Kurtis Skousen, winning 6-3, 0-6, 10-4. Ernesto Hernandez, Kyle Land, Isaac Daum and Mike Stanton picked up win for Gila Ridge, with Max Williams winning by forfeit.
On the girls side, only the No. 2 doubles team of Lupe Izaguirre and Shanna Skousen won for Antelope. Joanna Pratt at No. 4 singles got the only set win for the Rams in singles in a 6-3, 6-8, 10-6 loss to Alexis Van Gelder. McKenna Taylor, Alice Fiddler, Liz Rich and Sarah Myers picked up win as well.