Sloppy play dooms Lake Havasu in play-in game vs. Thunderbird
Winners of eight of its past 10 games, the Lake Havasu baseball team was defeated 5-1 in a play-in round game against No. 20 Thunderbird on Wednesday to put an end to its season.
The 13th-seeded Knights (17-10, 7-1) fell behind early and could not come up with enough offense to make a comeback.
“First couple innings, our defense had some errors and it cost us three or four runs,” said head coach Craig Bolton. “In playoff baseball, you can’t have three or four errors and expect to win a game.”
Junior Cameron Bagshaw started on the mound for Lake Havasu. He was lifted in favor of senior Aydin McDonald with two outs in the sixth inning.
“[Bagshaw] didn’t have his pinpoint accuracy but he threw well enough to keep us in the game,” said Bolton.
Thunderbird scored five unanswered runs before the Knights got on the board with their lone run.
“Our bats just weren’t there,” said Bolton. “We just weren’t getting clutch hits and getting guys on when we needed to.”
Despite the loss, Bolton was proud of the way his team competed all season.
“Regardless that we lost in the first round, we weren’t expected to win our region,” said Bolton. “They worked hard and stuck together and they overachieved.”
Lake Havasu graduates four seniors from this year’s team including co-ace James Masden. However, much of the starting lineup will remain intact, which Bolton is excited for.
“We got a good core of a nucleus coming back and we’re looking forward to next year.”