PLAIN CITY -- Bonneville head coach Trevor Howell knew that he might have some issues after losing a bunch of experienced seniors from last year's team.
Little did he know that the bright spots would nearly outweigh the downside.
Despite a valiant effort from the Lakers, it was the Fremont Silver Wolves that did enough to earn a 7-3 win Thursday afternoon in their first game of the year.
"I know we lost a lot of talented kids last year, but these kids did a lot of good things today," Howell said. "I saw a lot of good things from the kids today and I saw some things that we know we need to work on. Other than the one bad inning, I thought that we competed hard and I was proud of our effort today."
After Fremont grabbed an early 2-0 lead on a couple of RBIs from Lloyd Stephens and Bordy Rich, Bonneville tied the score on RBI singles from Wil Heward and Tyler Mata.
Both teams battled back and forth for the better part of five innings before the Silver Wolves exploded for four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to push the lead to 7-3. That explosion of runs was highlighted by a two-run double from catcher Preston Melle.
From there, Taylor Kranendonk took control on the mound and stifled the Lakers for the final two innings to earn the save.
"We made a few key mistakes there that cost us some runs," Howell said. "I liked what I saw early from the kids and we are working to make sure we get better every day."
* PROVO 8, LOGAN 5: At Provo, the Bulldogs cranked out five runs in the fourth inning to dig themselves out of a two-run hole, picking up the preseason victory.
Provo (2-0) took advantage of four errors by the Grizzlies (0-1), after committing three itself en route to the home win.
Logan also accumulated seven hits in the loss.
* ROY 2, WEBER 0: At Pleasant View, the Royals earned a shutout with a pair of goals -- one in the first half, the other in the second -- and a solid goalkpeeping effort.
Giovanni Vasquez scored in the 30th minute on a header from the foot of teammate Blake Toyn, whose free kick helped set up the goal.
The Royals added another in the 55th minute when Nate Erickson scored on an assist from Jake Trujillo.
Roy goalkeeper Brenden Hill notched the shutout.
* JUAN DIEGO 2, ST. JOSEPH 0: At Ogden, Adam Richardson scored twice to lead the Soaring Eagles.
Ruben Rico and Jesse Reifsnyder each took a half in net, combining on the shutout.