Lake Havasu baseball

Lake Havasu’s Colton Bagshaw attempts to make a throw to first base during the second inning of a non-regional game against Flagstaff at John M. Wade Memorial Field on March 20. 

The Lake Havasu baseball team committed seven errors and its pitching staff walked seven batters in an 11-1 road loss to Verrado on Friday.

The Knights dropped to 2-5 on the season and began the Desert West schedule at 0-1. It’s Havasu’s second straight game with defensive troubles with the Knights committing four errors in Wednesday’s 9-7 loss to Lee Williams.

“We just have to work a little harder on defense,” Knights coach Cullen Stahl said.

In the Desert West opener, Havasu’s only run came in the third inning, which at the time tied the game 1-1. Kaden Twyman knocked in the Knights’ lone run on an RBI single. Max Vetter scored on the run-scoring single.

Twyman was one of two Havasu players to get two hits. Twyman was 2-for-3 while Levi Cook was 2-for-2, Stahl said. As a team, the Knights collected eight hits compared to the Vipers’ nine.

Other Knights who recorded a hit were Colton Bagshaw (1-for-4), Deegan Cordova (1-for-3), Espn Simpson (1-for-3) and Max Vetter (1-for-2).

After Twyman’s RBI single tied the game, Verrado scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning to retake the lead at 4-1. The Vipers added one run in each of the fourth and fifth innings and scored five times in the sixth. Verrado’s five-run inning clinched a 10-run mercy rule victory.

“We grounded into a few double plays that ended innings,” Stahl said.

Up next

Havasu will welcome the Vipers (2-2, 1-0 Desert West) to John M. Wade Memorial Field for a Desert West matchup on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 3:45 p.m.

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Jeremiah Martinez is a California native and a graduate of Sacramento State University. He covers sports and recreation for the Today's News-Herald. You may reach Jeremiah at jmartinez@havasunews.com and you could follow him on Twitter @TheJerryMartin.

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