Coconino strikes out Knights

March 1, 2019

For the second straight game, a dominating pitching performance stifled the Lake Havasu softball team’s offense as Coconino won 6-3 on Wednesday.

The Panthers’ starting pitcher Kaitlyn Snopek racked up 17 strikeouts in a complete game victory. She allowed five hits, three runs (two earned) and a walk.

The two earned runs Snopek surrendered came courtesy of Lake Havasu sophomore Maddie Darrah, who hit a two-out two-run home run in the bottom of the first after Coconino jumped out to a 3-0 lead.

The Knights (2-2) tied the score in the second with a run-scoring double off the bat of sophomore Ashlyn Tibbetts. Madison Reigler, who scored on the play, narrowly dodged the tag from the Coconino catcher on a close play at the plate.

However, the Panthers took a late lead due to shaky defense as the Knights defense committed four errors on the day. Coconino scored once in the fifth and two more in the seventh.

“They came out strong but then we answered right back,” said softball head coach Kari Thompson. “We just got a little bit tense at the end. We didn’t finish up on defense.”

Alysen Reith, who got the starting nod at pitcher for Lake Havasu, also threw a complete game. She gave up six hits, two walks and six runs, but only one of which was earned.

Although, the Knights defense was not sharp, they did make a number of standout plays in the field as well.

Shortstop Aubrie Carver started a 6-4-3 double play in the third. Savannah Sennica, starting in right field, made a lunging catch on a line drive hit down the right field line in the fourth. Centerfielder Taylor Thompson made a running catch in the fourth and the sixth. Her catch in the sixth was a controversial call. Thompson made the catch and collided with the outfield fence shortly after, dropping the ball over the fence in the process. The umpires convened and decided the batter was out.

Today, Lake Havasu will compete in the Wickenburg Wrangler Classic and play three games. First, the Knights will play Empire at 11 a.m. then face Paradise Homes at 2:30 p.m. Lake Havasu will wrap up the day against Rio Rico at 5:30 p.m.

Thompson said she is going to use a few different lineups over the course of the tournament.

“We always are kind of looking to see whose working well together and mix up some pitchers,” said Thompson.