Apache Junction baseball opened its 2018 season with a victory over Gilbert Higley on Feb. 21 at the Tomas Pinon/Matt Huffman Memorial Tournament, hosted by Casa Grande Union.
The Prospectors put up seven runs in the first inning en route to downing the Knights 10-5. Trentin Smith and Nick Mohn each collected two hits and drove in two runs for AJ. Nathan Rhodes started on the mound and picked up the win.
Over the next two days, the Prospectors lost 12-11 to Tucson Marana and 9-4 to host Casa Grande Union.
AJ came up short in a slugfest against the Marana Tigers, who collected 16 hits while the Prospectors had 13 hits. Each team scored 10 runs in the fourth inning.
Remy Wiltz was 2 for 5 with two runs scored and three RBIs, Nick Mohn was 3 for 5 with two runs batted in, and Mathew Turner was 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBI for the Prospectors.
After Austin Sample started and threw three innings, Mohn was roughed up for eight runs – six earned – in 2 2/3 innings.
In the loss to CGU, Rhodes collected the only RBI for Apache Junction and collected two hits.