Apache Junction anticipated tough competition in its softball season opening appearance at the Mesa Dobson/Westwood Invitational, and found themselves 1-4 through last Friday.
The Lady Prospectors opened their 2018 season with a 6-5 win over Gilbert Williams Field, then lost four straight to Mesa Dobson (11-10), Queen Creek Casteel (14-4), Sierra Vista Buena (9-5) and Yuma Cibola (10-4).
In the victory over Williams Field, Elexis Toro was 3 for 4 with two runs scored and two runs batted in. Cori Haro was 2 for 3 with two RBIs, and Megan Clark had two hits and scored twice. Mikayla Gilgert struck out eight and issued no walks to earn her first win of the season.
An eight-run first inning sparked Dobson to its one-run win over AJ. Denae Preuhs was 3 for 5 with three RBIs, Gilgert and Makayla Henwood each drove in two runs.
Casteel snapped a 4-4 tie with five runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Toro collected three of AJ’s four RBIs. Gilgert was rocked for nine earned runs in 5 2/3 innings, despite striking out seven without a walk.
Daisy Ruelas-Estrada hit a triple and drove in two AJ runs in the loss to Buena. Preuhs and Toro each had two hits, and Gilgert drove in two runs for AJ against Cibola.