Girls start region play just how they wanted: with wins
Sadie Blacker led off the Bees‘ 8-1 win over the Lakers with a hit in the first inning.
By Jeremy Jones
The Box Elder girls softball team started off region play just the way they wanted to last week with wins over both Bonneville and Ogden.
The Bees first took on the Lakers, who were last year’s runners-up in the 4A state tournament, last Tuesday afternoon in their home opener.
Despite going against the second place team from last season, the young Bees were unintimidated, jumped out to an early lead, and never looked back.
The Lakers managed one run in the first inning, but were shut out the rest of the way behind solid pitching from McKell Marble, who recorded the win from the circle, and strong defensive help behind her.
Bees’ head coach Mandy Hodgson said the team had a goal to score at least one run in each inning they played.
The Bees didn’t quite make that goal, but were able to drive in four runs of their own in the first inning, added two more in the third, and one each in the fourth and fifth as they cruised to an 8-1 victory.
Even with the win, coach Hodgson is still looking for ways to improve the team’s performance early in the season.
“I felt like we could have scored more runs,” Hodgson said. “We left a lot of people on base, but we got the win.”
Hodgson went on to say she was impressed by how her team adjusted during the game to the pitching and defense that the Lakers threw at them.
Pitchers shine in contests against Bonneville, Mountain Crest
The Box Elder High School baseball team had split results in two games last week, thrashing Bonneville on Tuesday, 14-0, in five innings, before the Bees dropped a narrow contest in a pitcher’s duel against Mountain Crest, 2-0.
In the game against the Lakers, pitcher D.J. Larsen struck out seven batters on his way to recording a one-hit shutout.
Offensively, Bryant Tingey went 2-for-3 with a triple and Dylan Rodriguez went 3-for-4.
Tingey was the only Box Elder batter to record a hit against Mountain Crest on Friday as the Mustang’s Jarrett Hunt threw a one-hit shutout of his own.
Box Elder pitcher Connor Udy was credited with the loss for the Bees despite matching Hunt’s performance of eight strike outs and no walks allowed.
The Mustangs did get three hits, but the runs were of the unearned variety as errors in the field handed Mountain Crest the victory.
The Bees had a game at Logan on Tuesday (results not available by press time) and will host the Grizzlies today, Wednesday, March 25. On Friday Box Elder will travel to Sky View.