Baseball sweeps doubleheader to open tournament
As the reigning champions of the Kingman High School Baseball Invitational, the Lake Havasu Knights got off to a good start in the hopes of repeating with a pair of wins on Thursday in pool play.
Lake Havasu (3-1) defeated Kingman Academy 2-1 in the opener and then handled Page 13-1 in the second game.
Because it is tournament play, each game went only five innings.
In the low-scoring game against Kingman Academy, the Knights did something their head coach Craig Bolton said he had never seen before, win a game without the benefit of a hit.
Lake Havasu scored an unearned run in both the first and second innings to take an early lead while sophomore pitcher Colton Bagshaw gave up only one run in his five innings of work. He allowed four hits and one walk with a strikeout on the day.
“Bagshaw pitched a great game for us, he got a lot of groundballs and we played great defensively behind him,” said Bolton.
Bolton was particularly impressed with the defense up the middle by second baseman Ayden McDonald and shortstop Kaden Twyman.
In the second game of the day, the Knights used a five-run second inning and a six-run third inning to overpower Page in four innings.
McDonald and Dominic Brady each recorded two hits for Lake Havasu.
The Knights stole 10 bases in the win and a combined 16 on the day. Seven different players swiped a bag for Lake Havasu on Thursday.
James Masden started and threw a pair of shutout innings and added a couple strikeouts.
Bolton was impressed with both the pitching and defensive play of his team, however, he does feel they need to do a better job of producing offensively.
“We have room to grow and we’re going to continue to make adjustments,” said Bolton. “Hitting is contagious and hopefully we can get our bats going.”
Lake Havasu enters today as the number two seed behind Lee Williams, who won both games on Thursday with shutouts.
The Knights game time and opponent for tomorrow has yet to be determined as there will be one more game of pool play tomorrow at 9 a.m.