Knights’ offense struggles in loss

March 6, 2019

After winning three straight in a rain-shortened tournament last weekend, the Lake Havasu baseball team saw that its modest winning streak come to an end on Tuesday with a 3-2 loss on the road to Mohave.

The Knights (4-2) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. However, it would be all the offense would produce as they were shutout for the next six innings.

“We couldn’t string together enough hits,” said baseball head coach Craig Bolton. “Our pitching and defense has been tremendous. It’s up to the offense to produce.”

James Masden started and ran into trouble in the third, giving up three runs before he was removed in favor of Cameron Bagshaw.

Bagshaw righted the ship and pitched three and 1/3 scoreless innings in relief. He tallied seven strikeouts and only allowed one hit and one walk.

Ryan Rose was a bright spot for the offense. He was 2-for-2 at the plate with a walk and a run scored.

“He’s been key in that cleanup spot in our order,” said Bolton.

Bagshaw also added an RBI single.

Next up for the Knights is the River Valley High Route 66 Baseball Classic.

Lake Havasu will play five games in the tournament, which begins on Thursday. The Knights first game is a matchup against Southwest from El Centro, Calif. at 3 p.m.

“Southwest is a very strong program and they play with a very aggressive style of play,” said Bolton.

Friday, Lake Havasu will play two games, with the first against Many Farms at 9 a.m., followed by a matchup against Central from El Centro, Calif. at 3 p.m. The tournament will wrap up Saturday as the Knights play two more games.The first, against Pahrump Valley (Nev.) will begin at 11 a.m. and a game against Chino Valley at 3 p.m. follows.