Tigers pull away from Devils

February 27, 2019

MOHAVE VALLEY— The Dust Devil’s opened Arizona Interscholastic Association 3A West Region play with a 6-3 loss against the Kingman Academy Tigers at River Valley High School on Tuesday night.

The Dust Devils could not stop Tigers junior Braden Judd, who in four at-bats had three hits, three RBI and a run scored.

River Valley took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Senior starting pitcher Anthony Gorrell doubled to center field. The shot sent sophomore Aiden Gunn home after he walked and stole second.

Gorrell advanced to third and home off wild pitches from Kingman Academy junior starting pitcher Kaden Bean.

The Tigers struck back in the second and made it 2-1 as junior Joey Sanfilippo crossed home plate after Gorrell threw to first instead of home on sophomore Logan Stephenson’s fielder’s choice grounder.

Kingman Academy tied it up in the third when senior Bridger Bodily came home on junior Wyatt Hall’s hit.

In the fourth, the Tigers added two runs after eight players batted. River Valley pitcher Seth Solano came on in relief of Gorrell in the inning.

Bean, who earned the victory, threw 95 pitches on the day and struck out nine Devils while walking three before he was relieved by Hall in the fourth inning.

River Valley pulled to within 4-3 when Gunn doubled and scored on Solano’s double.

That was as close as the Dust Devils would get. Kingman Academy padded the lead and held on for the win.

“Gunn, he’s a good, little ball player,” Dust Devils head coach Bill Fregozo said. “As far as (Gorrell’s) hitting goes, he’s getting better and better every day.”

RVHS is 0-2 overall, 0-1 in region.