BASEBALL: Knights sweep Kingman doubleheader
KINGMAN — In both games of Saturday’s doubleheader against Kingman, senior Aydin McDonald played the hero for the Lake Havasu baseball team.
After the Bulldogs tied the score at 1 in the sixth inning of Game 2, McDonald came to plate in the top of the seventh and blasted a two-run home run to give the Knights a 3-1 lead. Lake Havasu (13-8, 3-1) went on to win by that very score.
“It’s good to see him get a hit in a clutch moment like that because he missed about a week when he was sick and he’s struggled since he’s come back,” said head baseball coach Craig Bolton. “Hopefully that’s a sign that his bat is going to heat up.”
McDonald’s clutch hit was preceded by a masterful performance from him on the mound in the first game of the day.
He tossed a complete game, allowing two runs, as the Knights won 12-2. McDonald only threw 71 pitches in his seven innings of work.
Bolton was impressed with McDonald’s pitch efficiency on a day where the Knights two best pitchers were unavailable.
Game 1 was more tightly contested than the score would indicate.
Lake Havasu trailed 2-1 before scoring one in the fifth to tie it and two more in the sixth to take a 4-2 lead.
Then, the Knights blew the game wide-open in the seventh with eight runs, all with two outs.
The outburst began with sophomore Isiah Rivas scoring on a wild pitch. Junior Ryan Rose followed with a two-run single to push it to 7-2.
Junior Domanik Brady then reached on an infield single, which scored two runs, as junior Cameron Bagshaw came in from second base on a ball that didn’t reach the infield dirt.
“He’s a smart baserunner,” said Bolton of Bagshaw. “He knows the situation and with two outs, he’s just going to keep trucking.”
After an RBI single by senior Casey Quinn, junior Logann Daugherty laced a two-run double to right to cap the inning.
“As soon as the top of the seventh came around these guys got locked in and there was a lot of good hard hits,” said Bolton. “That’s where we like to see them at.”
The second game was similar to how the first game started.
The Knights opened the scoring when Bagshaw came in on a wild pitch in the fourth inning.
Sophomore Colton Bagshaw started on the mound for Lake Havasu and was brilliant as well.
He held Kingman scoreless until the sixth, when the Bulldogs tied the score. Bagshaw also picked two runners off at first base.
He was lifted after the sixth in favor of sophomore Wyatt Carroll who threw a scoreless inning in the seventh to earn the save for the Knights.
“Colton did a tremendous job for us,” said Bolton. “To have our No. 3 and 4 pitchers both almost throw complete games is awesome.”
Game 2 also featured some flashy defense from Lake Havasu.
Brady laid-out for a diving catch in the bottom of the seventh. The Knights also turned a double play in the third to escape a jam.
Lake Havasu has now won eight of its last 11 games.
The Knights will resume West Valley Region play on Thursday when it hits the road for a doubleheader against Desert Edge. The first game will begin at 3:45 p.m. while Game 2 is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start.
Following a road game against Yuma at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, the Knights will conclude their regular season with a doubleheader against Deer Valley. The games are scheduled at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Lake Havasu is currently second in its region behind Cactus, who owns a similar 3-1 record, but owns the tiebreaker thanks to a better record in conference play.
The Cobras are 6-5 in conference while the Knights are 3-4.