Havasu’s Bagshaw signs to play baseball at Dominican University
On Thursday, Lake Havasu pitcher and third baseman Bryant Bagshaw signed to play baseball with NCAA Division III Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois just west of Chicago.
Bagshaw joins Jackson Nelson and Brennen Mitchell as the third Knights player to sign to play college baseball this year.
“I’ve always wanted to a person that can play two positions and I’ve always worked hard towards that,” Bagshaw said about the biggest factor in making his decision of where to sign.
“(Head Coach Steve Hardman) saw me as the guy to do that for him. That is kind of what set (Dominican University) apart from the other schools that were looking at me.”
For the Stars, Bagshaw will be primarily used as a pitcher but said he will have the opportunity to earn a spot at third base or shortstop. That has been Bagshaw’s role in Lake Havasu.
As a pitcher, Bagshaw in 6-1 in 28 appearances with a 1.93 earned-run-average and 92 strikeouts in his varsity career with the Knights according to stats website maxpreps.com. Out of the 96 hits Bagshaw has allowed since being brought up to Varsity his sophomore year, only 48 were converted for runs.
“Every time we put Bryant on the bump we know what we are going to get,” Lake Havasu coach Craig Bolton said. “We know he is not going to give up a lot of runs. He is going to throw strikes and pound the zone. All we have to do is play a little defense behind him score some runs and we know we are going to win the game.”
Another thing Bolton said Bagshaw brings to the Knights success is his bat. Bagshaw improved his production at the plate tremendously this year from his junior year.
Up from a .222 batting average in 2017, Bagshaw is batting .459 this year in 61 at-bats with 28 hits, 11 RBIs and 19 runs scored.
Bagshaw may be on to the next level of baseball but he has at least one more game to play on Saturday as he helped Havasu have one of its most successful seasons in recent history and No. 5 seed berth in the 5A state championship with a home game against Scottsdale Chaparral.
Whatever happens in that game, it is this season Bagshaw said he will remember.
“It’s a dream that is still coming true. Ever since I was little I wanted to play at the next level,” Bagshaw said. “I’m going to miss everyone. It’s a small town and everyone grew up together. It’s going to be sad, but its time and everyone has their own thing going. I’m ready for it.”