Arbor View’s softball program is still in the building stages.
Little by little, though, the Aggies are showing improvement.
The most recent episode of Arbor View’s two-steps-forward, one-step-back approach came Thursday at the Centennial Spring Jamboree at Majestic Park.
The Aggies played well in a 4-0 win over Coronado before dropping a 5-3 decision to Damonte Ranch.
Arbor View is in only its third year with a varsity program and has no seniors. It has seven wins this year after managing only 13 victories in its first two seasons combined.
“It’s crazy how young we are,” said Aggies coach Sam Toomer, who starts three sophomore infielders and has two sophomores and a freshman handling the pitching chores. “This is a great learning experience.
“We’re seeing good competition. We’re finally seeing the teams with the dominant pitcher.”
Against Coronado, Amanda Jones pitched a five-hit shutout. She struck out four and didn’t walk a batter, facing only four more than the minimum.
The top four in the Aggies’ batting order also did plenty of damage, combining to go 7-for-15 with three RBIs and all four runs. Chelsea Venable was 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI.
Arbor View committed only one error, a harmless throwing miscue with two outs in the seventh inning.
“In the first game, we could have played with anybody,” Toomer said. “We are a solid team.”
Against Damonte Ranch, though, an Arbor View error with two outs in the first inning kept alive the inning for the Mustangs’ Amanda Webster to blast a two-run homer.
“In the second game, we went back to the first two years of Arbor View (softball),” Toomer said. “We just went through the motions.”
In other Centennial Spring Jamboree games:
• Centennial 6, Las Vegas 2 — Lindsay Konopelko went 2-for-2 with two doubles and two runs to lead the host team past the Wildcats.
Alissa Rampa went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the Bulldogs.
Lauren Lynds and Jennifer Watkins combined to pitch a two-hitter for Centennial.
• Palo Verde 14, Foothill 10 — The Panthers built an 11-0 lead in the second inning and watched it nearly evaporate as the Falcons scored seven runs on three hits in the bottom of the second.
Palo Verde’s Lauryn Stover went 3-for-5 with three doubles and four RBIs.
Missy McCormick was 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and four runs for the Panthers.
Myranda Mortel went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs for Foothill, which had seven hits.
• Galena 4, Palo Verde 2 — Grizzlies pitcher Megan Fincher kept the Panthers off-balance until the seventh inning, when Palo Verde scored two runs.
Fincher had four strikeouts and induced 16 groundouts, including 11 grounders back to the pitcher.
She also belted a two-run homer in the first inning.
• McQueen 9, Foothill 3 — Mikala Huebner had 17 strikeouts to lead the Lancers past the Falcons.
• Bloomington (Calif.) 8, Coronado 3 — Anissa Young and Nicole Peluffo each homered to lead the Bruins over the Cougars.