By Kevin Cloe

Sun Correspondent

It won eight of its first 11 games but ran into a hitting machine to open its 3A West Region campaign last week.

Wickenburg High School’s girls softball team couldn’t contain a Northwest Christian club that had scored 59 runs in its previous four games (a 15-run average) — giving up 10 runs in the final two innings of a 14-2 region loss that was halted after five innings due to the 10-run rule.

Then earlier this week, the Lady Wranglers made the three-hour trip to River Valley in their second region contest — facing a team that won its first two 3A West games with 18-0 and 14-0 shutouts and averaged 14 runs in its last four outings. However, the result of that game were not available at press time.

So it’s safe to say Coach Jacob Roddy’s girls are looking forward to hosting Kingman Academy at 3:45 p.m. this Friday, March 29.

Kingman Academy started this week in last place in the 3A West Region standings after losing its first three West games and posting a 4-8 overall record in its first dozen games of the season.

After Friday’s home game, the Lady Wranglers will have another challenge — hosting current first-place Kingman (3-0, 11-4) at 3:45 p.m. next Monday, April 1.

In the loss to Northwest Christian last week, senior pitcher Alex Gill found herself in an unusual situation. She had given up an average of only two runs through her first recorded 18 innings in the circle and won three of her first four recorded starts.

She eventually gave up 14 runs on 13 hits against the Lady Crusaders, who limited the Lady Wranglers’ offense to four hits and two runs, the latter which came in the final inning of the game.

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