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Havasu softball finishes 2nd at weekend tourney

March 19, 2019

Fresh off of its offensive outburst in Friday’s games, the Lake Havasu softball team used its bats to help it advance to the championship game of the Coca-Cola Classic on Saturday.

However, the Knights bid for a title fell short in a comeback effort as they lost in the finale to Window Rock 9-8 and finished second in the tournament.

“The bottom of our lineup is doing a good job of getting on base for the top of our order,” said head softball coach Kari Thompson. “We’re starting to compete in each and every game.”

In the title game, Thompson decided to throw freshman Allysen Reith instead of junior Savannah Sennica, who pitched in the opener, to give the Fighting Scouts a different look.

Lake Havasu trailed 9-2 entering the fifth inning, but scored five times to close the gap to two.

The Knights added another in the sixth, but couldn’t complete the comeback as Window Rock closed them out to win the title.

Taylor Thompson and Aubrie Carver each scored twice in the championship game.

Lake Havasu (7-7) played four games on Saturday, losing twice to Window Rock and defeating Tuba City 17-1 and Kingman 8-0.

“We’re starting to get more and more comfortable,” said Thompson. “The lineup is producing well together.”

In the opening game of the day, the Knights fell to Window Rock 8-6 to wrap up pool play.

Lake Havasu recovered and easily defeated Tuba City in the second game of the day.

The Knights followed that performance with a shutout win over Kingman to advance to the championship game.

Thompson highlighted the performances on the day of senior Alyssa Bishop, junior Taylor Thompson and freshman Aubrie Carver.

In six games over the weekend tournament, Lake Havasu scored 63 runs for an average of 10.5 runs per game.

Lake Havasu will return home on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. matchup against River Valley. The Knights will then host a doubleheader against Peoria next Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.