Thursday , April 12, 2012 - 12:02 AM
ROY — The weather was starting to become a problem for the Roy Royals late Wednesday afternoon with the wind blowing in and a light rain starting to fall.
The bigger problem was holding off their region rivals from Bonneville at the same time. Despite holding an 8-3 lead heading into the top of the seventh, Roy needed a couple of big time outs to hold off the Lakers for an exciting 8-7 win.
“We are getting better every day,” Roy coach Eric Jones said. “We are trying to get the kids to be mentally tough and overcome obstacles put in their way. This was a good way to get it done. More than that, we’re excited to get our first region win out of the way.”
Bonneville scored the first two runs of the game on no hits in the second inning before Roy jumped all over the Lakers with some big runs in the third inning to take the lead for good at 5-2. Grady Hansen had a run-scoring double for the Royals in the inning.
Big RBIs came from Skyler Coombs in the third and sixth innings and Bonneville found themselves trailing late in the contest.
In the seventh, the Royals’ pitching staff struggled to find anything that resembled a strike zone as they issued six walks in the inning.
Jack Hall had a big hit that turned into a two-run error and within moments, the Lakers had found themselves back in the game at 8-7 with two outs. However, it was Carson Bubert that finished the game for the home side as he induced a game-ending force out with runners on first and third to get the save.
Garrett Bowman earned the victory on the mound while giving up only one hit even though the Royals issued 15 walks on the day.
“That was a problem for us today,” Jones said. “The number of walks almost came back to bite us. We should have won yesterday (Tuesday) but we didn’t get any run support from our guys. Today we struggled late on the mound but found a way to win the game. Now we get ready for Box Elder on Friday.”
• SYRACUSE 9, LAYTON 3: At Syracuse, the Titans’ Jordan Pobanz had two hits and four RBIs in leading Syracuse to the win.
Hayden Udy had two hits and Braden Roberts had two hits and two RBIs while Jordan Cobabe earned the win on the mound. He struggled in the sixth inning before Spencer Johnson came in and closed the door on the Lancers.
Moises Perea had an RBI double for the Lancers in the loss.
• DAVIS 26, NORTHRIDGE 0: At Layton, Zac Fuller struck out 11 batters over five innings and helped himself with a home run to lead the Darts in a blowout victory.
Gage Cook went 3-for-5 and teammate Jace Olsen added a double and a home run.
Fuller got the win for the Darts, pitching all five innings. He held the Knights to just two hits. McKay Flitton took the loss.
• LOGAN 8, BOX ELDER 4: At Brigham City, the Bees outhit the Grizzlies but a pair of Logan home runs proved to be the difference.
D.J. Nelson and Jake Thompson homered for Logan, making Brayden Richardson a winner on the mound.
Jayle Brooks tripled for the Bees, who outhit Logan 10-8. Tyler Thornton added a double. Tyler Bate took the loss on the mound.
• WEBER 5, FREMONT 3: At Pleasant View, the Warriors jumped on the Silver Wolves in the first inning then held on.
Weber scored four times in the bottom of the first and added a single run in the second, then made it hold up.
Tanner Crowell earned the win for the Warriors. He got help at the plate from Cortland Lockwood and Nelson Champion.Champion doubled and homered for Weber.
Brody Rich took the loss for the Silver Wolves. Preston Akre added a home run in a losing effort.
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