ROY -- Spring break meant a respite from classes, but not from practice for the defending state 5-A champion Royals.
Seeking redemption after suffering its first season shutout loss on March 29, Roy High scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday to scuttle the two-time defending Region 5 champion Lakers 3-2 at Sand Ridge Park.
The Royals, a four-time defending league champion in both the 5-A and 4-A ranks, have beaten Bonneville twice this year -- each time by a run.
"We practiced Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I was looking to play all week," said Roy senior second baseman Payton Palmer. "Practice is good for us; we have a lot to work on."
Palmer's one-out single to the left side -- Lakers shortstop McKinlee Westmoreland knocked the ball down, but had no play -- scored leadoff batter Jordynn Barrera, who was hit by a pitch.
Barrera advanced to second base on a wild pitch and was sacrificed to third by Brittnee Higgs.
"I just either wanted to hit a ground ball or something deep to the outfield which would get Jordynn home," said the 17-year-old Palmer. "Bonneville is a good team. They have a good defense and good pitching, but we left a lot on base today.
"That (4-0 road) loss to Box Elder kind of stung and we get them twice more, so we're looking forward to it," she said. "We wanted to get that bad taste out of our mouth. I was anxious to play all week."
The Royals (11-4 overall, 5-1 league) remained in a first-place with the Bees, who beat last-place Logan on the road.
Roy stranded eight base runners -- five in scoring position -- and failed to capitalize on three Lakers' errors.
"We have to play good defense, and we need to score more than three runs," said Palmer, who has signed with Salt Lake Community College.
Senior right-hander Jamie Aiken allowed six hits with four strikeouts and two walks, and the Royals played an errorless game.
Aiken smacked a fourth-inning leadoff home run over the left-center field fence, pulling Roy within 2-1. Higgs' RBI single tied the score 2-all in the fifth.
Barrera went 2-for-3 with a double and scored two runs. Palmer was 2-for-4 for Roy.
"I think we're a good enough team to get that fifth straight region title," Palmer said. "If we play the way we have been, we have a shot at it."
Bonneville (6-4, 3-3) scored two third-inning runs on Cortney Porter's RBI fielder's choice and Westmoreland's bases-loaded walk.
The Lakers stranded five base runners -- three in scoring position -- leaving the bases full in the third.
* BOX ELDER 10, LOGAN 1: At Logan, sophomore right-hander Abbey Martin scattered four hits with 11 strikeouts and no walks.
She also went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple and scored a run.
Karly Bunderson was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs; Vanessa Quintero went 2-for-3 with a double; and Molly Horne singled, walked twice and scored two runs for the Bees (11-2, 5-1) on a four-game winning streak.
In another game, defending league co-champion Mountain Crest spanked Sky View 14-4 in six innings.
The Mustangs are 12-3, 4-2; the Bobcats are 4-9, 1-5.
* BOUNTIFUL 3, CLEARFIELD 1: At Bountiful's Millcreek Junior High, Lexi Guild tossed a two-hitter with six strikeouts.
The Falcons (7-8, 3-3) have lost three straight.
* MURRAY 5, SYRACUSE 3: At Murray's Riverview Junior High, the 5-A runner-up Spartans -- now a state 4-A school competing in Region 7 -- drilled five doubles among their 15 hits.
Courtney Starks had two doubles and Cassidy Basinger also doubled for the Titans (5-7-1).
* BEAR RIVER 2, BINGHAM 0: At South Jordan, junior right-hander Jordan Theurer threw a two-hitter with five strikeouts, three walks and three hits batters in whitewashing the state 5-A Miners, who had not lost to a Utah team this season.
Four-time defending 3-A champion Bear River (11-2) scored two-third inning runs in sweeping its ninth consecutive win.
Leadoff batter Morgan Summers went 2-for-4 with a run and a stolen base.
Theurer had a sacrifice fly and Kassi Fronk, who singled, scored the Bears' other run after Shaunie Owen's hard-hit ball ricocheted off the shortstop's foot and into right-center field.