Bees regroup after St. George tourney, earn blowout wins over East, Layton
By Jeremy Jones
The Box Elder High School softball team regrouped from a rougher-than-expected run at a St. George tournament, and found their offense last week in blowout wins over East on Thursday, and Layton the next day.
In the game against the Leopards, the Bees came out swinging and tallied 11 runs in the first four innings behind solid team hitting that kept driving runners across home.
Brylee Marziale launched a bomb to highlight a five-run third inning that really broke the game open for the Bees.
On the defensive side of the plate, the Bees limited the fielding errors that plagued them in St. George and their solid pitching staff was on full display as Bailey Merrill earned a complete game shutout while giving up just three hits and earned seven strikeouts.
The game was over after the top of the fifth inning due to the mercy rule as the Bees cruised to an 11-0 win.
The next day, the Lancers came to Brigham City riding a two-game winning streak with their most recent success coming over Granger in a hard-fought 5-4 ballgame.
Bees’ soccer team drops games to Bears, Leopards
An East player flies into Box Elder’s Bryce Backman after corralling a loose ball.
By Jeremy Jones
Against the Bears, junior forward Mitchell Pyle netted his team-leading fifth goal of the season in the first half to give the home side an early lead.
But the Bears fought back in the second half as Junior Arreguin opened his scoring tally with his first goal of the season.
Later in the half, Mario Ramirez scored his second goal of the season and gave the visitors the lead for good as the Bears came out on top 2-1.
Later in the week, the Bears also recorded a 2-1 win over Cedar to remain undefeated at 4-0 so far this season.
The match against the Leopards was the region opener for both sides and the visitors entered the match at 2-2 and were looking to start the regular season off on the right foot.
The game saw several scoring chances on both sides of the pitch, but it was the Leopards who were able to break the deadlock with the first goal as senior striker Matt Barker found the back of the net for his third goal of the season.
The Bees responded in the second half with two goals of their own as Kyle Austin and Mitchell Coburn each scored for the first time this year and gave the home team a 2-1 edge.
But the Leopards kept pressing and found an equalizer from Van Theil, also his first goal of the year, to knot the game at two goals apiece.
Then disaster struck for the Bees as a defensive miscue lead to an own goal and a 3-2 lead for the visitors. The goal came late enough in the second half that the Bees weren’t able to muster any more offensive magic and the Leopards escaped with the win.
The two losses drop the Bees to 3-3 overall on the season.
This week, the Bees will be looking to move up the region standings as they traveled to Ogden yesterday, Tuesday, March 21, to take on the Tigers (results not available by press time).
The match was the region opener for the Tigers and they sat at 1-0-1 coming into the game with a win over Ben Lomond and a tie against Layton.
On Friday, the Bees will be at home hosting Highland. The Rams have struggled mightily in the preseason and will be looking to right their ship against the Bees with their first win of the year after recording six losses to date.
The game against the Rams is scheduled to kickoff at 3:30 p.m.