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Offensive explosion helps Lady Knights win season opener 20-3

February 22, 2019

Battling the cold, windy weather, the Lake Havasu High softball team blew out Kingman Academy 20-3 in its season opener on Wednesday.

The game was called after four and a half innings because of the ten-run mercy rule.

The Lady Knights offense knocked out 14 hits, including five doubles in the lopsided win.

“We’ve been concentrating on being offensive-minded and scoring first,” said Lake Havasu head softball coach Cari Thompson. “I was happy with the strong contact we made at the plate.”

They were led by Ashlyn Tibbetts who went 3-for-4 at the plate with five runs batted in, two doubles and two runs scored.

In addition to throwing a complete game with eight strikeouts, Savanna Senica also went 3-for-4 at the dish and added a pair of RBI.

”I think it was a good start for Savanna, a good first game,” said Thompson. “She’s finally the upperclassman and she has the experience. It always makes the pitcher’s job easy when you put up runs early.”

Maddie Darrah scored four runs and stole two bases in the win.

Alysen Reith went 3-for-4 on Wednesday with four RBI and two runs scored.

After falling behind 1-0 after the top of the first, Lake Havasu scored 12 unanswered runs over the next two innings. The Knights sent 12 batters to plate in the second inning alone.

“Our strength is going to be our balance this season,” said Thompson. “They’re excited for this season and we’re just hoping to carry that excitement through.”

Up next, the Lady Knights will host Yuma on Friday, Feb. 22 at 4 p.m.

After a road game against Yuma Catholic on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m., Lake Havasu will return home to take on Coconino on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 4 p.m.

The Lady Knights will begin region play on Saturday, March 23 with a doubleheader against Peoria beginning at 10 a.m.