LAYTON -- After going 3-1 at last weekend's March Warm-Up tournament at St. George, the Lancers played their home opener Wednesday versus crosscounty rival Clearfield High.
Although no longer in the same league -- the Falcons are now a state 4-A school playing in Region 6 -- Layton was a middle of the pack team in Region 1, going 8-8 in 2011.
With a new coach in Steve Spendlove, who served two years as an assistant under Kristy Knight, the Lancers broke open a one-run game with a six-run fourth inning and crushed Clearfield 10-4 in non-league action.
"It's fun to be out there and try to instill some confidence in the girls and run your own different stuff," Spendlove said. "Most of the stuff I learned from Kristy, but we have put in some of the things I like to do."
Layton senior right-hander Carlee Beck gave up six hits with three strikeouts and one walk. She also hit a Falcons' batter.
"Carlee is our main pitcher," Spendlove said. "She is coming off an ACL tear, which she pitched with all of last season. Carlee has worked her tail off to get back, and she is 100 percent physically."
The Lancers, who matched their season-high run total, had 11 hits -- five of them being doubles.
"We were up by one run and they came back to score two in the fourth inning," Spendlove said. "We loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth and got some hits. Some of our younger kids laid down some bunts to move base runners over and it kind of steamrolled from there.
"Our focus is to sacrifice, do what is best for the team," he said. "Forget about your own stats."
Senior Lauryn Kirschner went 2-for-2 with two doubles, a walk and was hit by a pitch.
Sophomore Rae Gall was 2-for-2 with a sacrifice fly, three RBIs and a run; sophomore Mckell Moss was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs; and sophomore Cassidy Anderson went 2-for-3 with a two-run double, reached on an error and scored three runs.
Freshman Joy Christensen was 2-for-4 with two runs; senior Ashlee Hyatt drilled an RBI double; and sophomore Mikki Hill reached base on an error and scored a run for the Lancers (4-2 overall).
"Right now, we're learning who we are," Spendlove said. "These wins don't get us into the state 5-A tournament, so we have to keep our eye on the ultimate goal. We want the girls to focus on the game's key moments and get themselves out of tough situations.
"With the four seniors and three sophomores who started as freshmen last year, they have the state tournament in their sights," he said. "We want to push Weber, Davis and Syracuse for the league title."
Layton last won the Region 1 title in 2007 under then-coach Kevin Jensen, who is Clearfield's hitting coach.
Baylee Patterson went 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI for Falcons (3-4), who committed six errors.
Clearfield, under second-year coach Nicole Tindall, has already surpassed last year's victory total of one win. The Falcons finished last in Region 1 at 0-16 and were just 1-16 overall in 2011.
Clearfield went winless during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
* FREMONT 7, SKY VIEW 6: At Plain City's Dick Scadden Field, the Silver Wolves scored four seventh-inning runs on three hits and two Bobcats' errors, rallying from a 6-3 deficit.
Sophomore Maddy Bosshardt scored the winning run on sophomore Rilie Nicholas' fly ball to the outfield that should have been caught by a Bobcats' player.
Junior Maisie Hobbs went 3-for-4 and scored three runs for Fremont (4-4). Nicholas had a run-scoring groundout and an RBI double.
* SKYLINE 20, NORTHRIDGE 4 (THREE INNINGS): At Salt Lake City, the Knights' Krysta Villareal and Savannah Ward each homered, but Northridge (2-4) got spanked by the Eagles, who outhit the Knights 15-6.
Skyline's Kristin Tatum went 4-for-4 with two bombs -- one a grand slam -- and six RBIs.
* BONNEVILLE VS. OLYMPUS: The game, which was scheduled for Holladay's Cottonwood Complex, was canceled due to a scheduling snafu by the Titans.
The two-time defending Region 5 champion Lakers host defending state 5-A champion Roy -- the Royals were reclassified as a 4-A school under the current Utah High School Activities Association realignment -- today at Washington Terrace's CD Field.