Havasu baseball, softball earn season sweep over Lee Williams
Big at-bats in the late innings and strong pitching performances led the Lake Havasu baseball and softball teams to wins over Lee Willams on Monday in Kingman.
The Knights baseball team racked up 15 hits to overcome an early deficit in a 9-4 win over the Volunteers. It was the fourth win over Lee Williams this season, the third in Kingman.
The Volunteers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, reaching five straight batters after opening the game with a ground out and a tag out caught steal at second base.
Havasu’s James Masden llowed just one hit and struck out three after the run, handing the ball to Xavier Merrit, who struck out three in his first two innings on the mound.
Havasu pulled ahead in the fourht inning, reaching its first three batters in the frame. A double from Jon Bonfils scored the first run, and a passed ball allowed Bonfils to score from third. Bryant Bagshaw scored on a single from Kaleb Haas with one out.
The Knights scored a run in the fifth and another in the sixth to take a 5-1 lead, and after Lee Williams narrowed the game with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, Havasu scored four runs in the seventh inning to put the game away.
Bagshaw pitched a clean seventh, striking out one batter and forcing two others into fly outs to earn the save. Bagshaw and Jake Hunnicutt each had doubles at the plate for the Knights.
The Knigths softball team leaned on solid pitching from Savannah Sennica to earn a 5-3 victory over Lee Williams, its third ver the Vols this season.
Sennica pitched seven innings with seven strikeouts and two walks, allowing just three hits from the circle.
She was helped by the Knights offense early and often. Lake Havasu took advantage of pitches early in the innings to put pressure on Lee Williams throughout the game.
Leadoff hitter Natalie McCoy reached base on an error to lead off the game, then scored on a one-out grounder from Amanda Alba to give the Knights an early lead.
Taylor Thompson led off the third inning with a triple and Alba knocked in two runs two batters later. Alba hit a solo home run to lead off the fifth inning that put the Knights ahead for good.
The Vols chipped away at the lead with one run in each in the second, third and fourth innings, tying the game twice, but couldn’t take the lead.
Havasu’s Alyssa Bishop reached base on a walk to start the seventh inning and scored on an error three batters later to cap the scoring.
Alba finished 2 for 3 with four RBIs and Thompson and Sennica each had triples.