Hitting leads Grand Junction to opening win

All but two of the Grand Junction High School softball team’s hits Friday were singles, but the Tigers had 12 of those in a 12-4 rout at Heritage to open the season.

Mikayla Rivera doubled and drove in four runs, Cierra Cosslett doubled and picked up the pitching decision and the rest of the Tigers peppered Heritage with base hits.

Brianna Baldwin, Arrianna Diaz and Shafer Rubalcaba each drove in three runs for the Tigers, who scored in all but the fourth inning.

With a 5-0 lead after four innings, Grand Junction put the game away with a four-run fifth inning, then added a pair of runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh.

Cosslett scattered a dozen hits and struck out four, letting her defense do the work.

“We played great defense,” Grand Junction coach Adam Diaz said. “They put the ball in play, but we made the outs. We had some great defensive plays. They had some nice outfield gap shots but we made the plays. They didn’t hit it right at us, our players had to make plays.”

Grand Junction plays a doubleheader today at Columbine.



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