But the Bees are really young with just one senior, right fielder Morgan McCormick, on their roster.
Trailing 5-2 after an inning Tuesday against the two-time defending league champion Lakers, Box Elder could have thrown in the white towel and said, enough already.
"We got pumped up, knew we could do it and didn’t give up," said Bees junior right-hander Baylee Reeves.
Reeves came on in the second inning, pitched six scoreless innings of two-hit relief and the Bees beat Bonneville 7-5 at CD Field.
"If (sophomore right-hander) Abbey (Martin) needed help, I would back her up and come prepared," Reeves said. "I’m happy with what I did pitching."
Molly Horne drilled a two-out, two-run double to left-center field in the first inning, but Box Elder’s lead was short-lived.
The Lakers sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first, getting five hits — highlighted by McKinlee Westmoreland’s two-run bomb over the center-field fence — and converting two Bees’ errors into a run.
Box Elder (8-2 overall, 3-1 league) committed three more errors in the ensuing six innings, but the 16-year-old Reeves shut the door on Bonneville (4-3, 2-2).
She struck out five, including a game-ending called punchout, and didn’t issue a walk.
"It’s different being the top pitcher this year," Reeves said. "I have to have the right mindset being the starter, and this is the first time I’ve had to come in.
"I think I’m a combo pitcher — a power and a finesse pitcher," she said. "I can get strikeouts, but I can also work the corners and hit my spots."
The Bees pulled even with a three-run third inning.
Horne had a run-scoring single and Martin — who remained in the game playing second base — added a two-run single.
"Even getting down 5-2 after an inning, we still kept working as a team," Reeves said. "I think we’ll keep getting better and be more confident. Hopefully, we can beat Roy on Thursday (at Brigham City)."
Vanessa Quintero singled in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning. Box Elder added an insurance run in the seventh on a passed ball.
Horne went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.
Karly Bunderson was 2-for-4 with a run and a stolen base; freshman Sadie Blacker went 2-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and two runs; and Quintero, who also reached base twice on a fielder’s choice, scored two runs for Box Elder.
"It’s a little tough only having one senior, but we have a lot of leaders on this team," Reeves said.
Madeline Jensen and Hayden Stofferahn each had an RBI single for the Lakers, who have lost two straight games.
• roy 9, mountain crest 4:
Samantha Stockwell was 2-for-3 with two runs; Jordynn Barrera had a two-run homer; and Bryce Mitchell had a solo shot and a sacrifice fly for the four-time defending league champion Royals (9-3, 4-0).
The defending league co-champion Mustangs are 9-3, 2-2.
In the other league game, Sky View beat Logan 12-5.
The Bobcats are 4-7, 1-3; the Grizzlies are 1-10, 0-4.
At Hyrum, Payton Palmer went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
WASHINGTON TERRACE — Age is only a number.
• clearfield 19, east 4 (five innings):
Sarah Hamby went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and scored a run.
Lexi Anderson was 2-for-2 with a three-run triple and two runs; Baylee Patterson was 2-for-3 with an RBI double and two runs; and Phoenix Sparrow went 2-for-4 with three runs for Clearfield (6-5, 3-1).
• weber 8, viewmont 1:
Nicole Weiss was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run; Haylee Chugg went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run; and Johnni Arbon ripped a triple and scored a run for the undefeated Warriors (9-0).
• northridge 16, morgan 6 (six innings):
Krysta Villarreal was 2-for-3 with a walk, two doubles and three runs; freshman Aubrey Nichols went 2-for-3 with a walk, two triples, three RBIs and three runs; Kelsey Raitt was 3-for-5 with a triple, three RBIs and a run; and Nikki Allen went 3-for-5 with two runs for the Knights (4-6).
Mikayla McDermott went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, an RBI and a run. Raqael Jensen was 2-for-4 with a run for the Trojans (1-10).
• davis 12, brighton 2 (six innings): At Kaysville, Breezy Roth, Sydney Warren and Autumn Woodfall each ripped a double for the Darts (7-3), who snapped a three-game skid.
• south summit 16, st. joseph 2 (five innings): At Ogden’s Bonneville Park, Jane Porter went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Issy Leo singled, was hit by a pitch and scored two runs for the Jayhawks (1-4).
At Northridge High, Savannah Ward went 3-for-4 with five RBIs and scored a run. At Pleasant View’s Earl Heninger Field, Taylor Stroud went 3-for-3 with two doubles, three RBIs and scored a run. At Clearfield, the Falcons did all their scoring in three innings.