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Knights softball doubles up Panthers in region play

March 24, 2019

The Lake Havasu softball team started West Valley Region play with a bang on Saturday, sweeping Peoria in a doubleheader.

The Knights (9-8) won 15-1 in five innings in the opener and 8-1 in the second game.

“Both pitchers were putting the ball in the zone for us today and we made the plays in the field,” said assistant coach Karl Thompson. “It’s the right way to start conference play.”

Peoria led 1-0 going into the bottom of the second before Lake Havasu exploded for 15 runs over the next three innings.

The Knights scored three in the third and six runs in both the fourth and fifth to put the game out of reach.

Junior Taylor Thompson went 2-for-4 at the plate with a home run and double, driving in six runs and scoring three time for Lake Havasu in the blowout, while senior Alyssa Bishop went 3-for-3 with a walk.

Starting in the circle for the Knights was junior Savannah Sennica, who went all five innings, striking out 10 and giving up one run, two hits and a walk. She was also 2-for 3 at the dish with an RBI, a run scored and a walk.

“I thought we did well both offensively and defensively,” said Sennica. “I thought it was a good start.”

Senior Madison Reigler went 1-for-3 in the win with a double, three runs scored and two RBI.

In the second game of the day, it was Lake Havasu who took an early lead as freshman Aubrie Carver scored to put the Knights on the board first.

Sennica followed an Allysen Reith RBI double in the third with a triple to score the freshman to put the Knights up 3-0.

After the Panthers pushed a run across in the fourth, the Knights extended their lead in the bottom of the inning with five runs of their own.

Reith tossed a complete game for Lake Havasu, giving up one run on four hits and no walks while striking out eight. At the plate, she finished 3-for-4 with two RBI.

“I thought our offense performed really well for us today,” said Reith. “I think we saw all their pitchers really well.”

Sennica went 2-for-4 at the plate with a triple and a pair of RBI, while Bishop was also 2-for-4 for the Knights and also scored two runs.

Lake Havasu has two road games next week beginning with a matchup on Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. against Gila Ridge. On Thursday, the Knights will face Lee Williams at 6 p.m.