Softball team out-slugs Bobcats to run win streak to 10 straight
By Jeremy Jones
In a week when the weather was less-than-ideal for outdoor athletics, the skies cleared long enough on Wednesday for the Box Elder High School softball team to get one game in against Sky View.
The Bees were looking forward to making the most of their chance to take the field and play as their game scheduled the day before against East was rained out.
The Bobcats were equally ready to play and grabbed an early lead from a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning.
The Sky View’s defense bent, but didn’t break, through four innings as the Bees were able to advance runners into scoring position several times, but weren’t able to capitalize.
But that changed in the top of the fifth inning when Taylor Sorenson blasted a two-run shot out of the park to give the Bees the lead.
Maycen O’Neal also launched a solo shot later in the inning and, once the dust had settled, the Bees had built a 4-1 lead.
The Bobcats fired back in the bottom of the sixth inning. With two runners on, Maddy Markworth sent a long fly ball over the fence and with one swing, the game was tied headed into the final inning.
In the top of the seventh, the hot bats continued for the Bees and, with two base runners, O’Neal stepped up and connected with her second home run of the game to put the Bees up 7-4.
As the home team, the Bobcats had last ups, but couldn’t take advantage of their last chance as Bees pitcher Brylee Marziale finished a complete game with 11 strikeouts and picked up the win.
After the game, Bees head coach Taleas Marble said she was proud of the fight her team showed in being able to come from behind to get the win.
“We hit the ball well, but we stranded a lot of runners early in the game,” Marble said. “We’d like to be able to drive in a few more runs early on and get a lead, but the girls showed a lot of heart and fight to stick with it. This team has come from behind a few times this year and you love to see the girls keep fighting and have it pay off.”
The win was the 10th straight for the Bees this year and runs their overall record to 12-4.
This week, the Bees have a full schedule, but the forecast is calling for more rain during much of the week, so the team is trying to stay as prepared as possible to play any day they can.
The Bees’ makeup game against East was scheduled for Monday afternoon followed by regularly scheduled region games against Woods Cross Tuesday and Highland tomorrow. Results from the games against the Leopards and the Wildcats were not available by press time.
The Bees are also planning on traveling to Cache Valley this weekend to play in the Ridgeline tournament, where they are scheduled to play four games on Saturday.