Havasu splits doubleheader at home
With a chance to improve to 4-0 in West Valley Region play, the Lake Havasu baseball team allowed a late lead to slip away and fell 6-3 in extra innings in the second game of a doubleheader against Cactus on Thursday.
The Knights won the first game 4-1.
Cactus scored a run in the top of the seventh with two outs to tie the score at 3 and held Lake Havasu (11-8, 3-1) scoreless in the bottom of the inning to send it to extras.
After a scoreless eighth, the Cobras broke the tie with three runs in the top of the ninth to take a 6-3 lead.
“When you have a chance to take a commanding lead in your league like we did, we got to do a better job of closing out games,” said head baseball coach Craig Bolton. “We’re still in a good position with seven game left on our schedule.”
Senior James Masden threw 8 2/3 innings for Lake Havasu, giving up five runs (only one earned) on five hits, one walk and four strikeouts.
“James pitched tremendously and kept their bats at bay,” said Bolton. “That’s what we’ve been waiting to see from him. It was a huge positive to see that from him.”
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the second, sophomore Colton Bagshaw delivered a run-scoring triple to bring in senior Casey Quinn who began the inning with a double.
Bagshaw came in to score a batter later on an error by the Cactus shortstop to give the Knights a 2-1 lead.
In the first game, junior Cameron Bagshaw fired 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball to earn the win for Lake Havasu.
“He came out there and threw another really great game for us,” said Bolton.
He escaped a two-on, one-out jam in the top of the sixth with a strikeout and a popup to preserve the lead.
In the seventh, Bagshaw was lifted with two outs and two on in favor of senior Ayden McDonald, who induced a popup to end the game and earn the save.
A busy week for the Knights continues with another doubleheader on Saturday on the road against Kingman. The first game begins at noon, with the second game scheduled for a 2 p.m. start.