ROY — Barring a late-season free fall, the Region 5 softball title appears headed north in 2012.
The Bees swept their eighth consecutive victory Tuesday, swarming defending state 5-A champion Roy High 9-3 at Sand Ridge Park. With five league games remaining, Box Elder took over sole possession of first place.
“It’s exciting to be alone in first place,” said Bees junior center fielder Venessa Quintero. “We’ve had a lot of underclassmen step up, and we hope it gets us a good seed (in the state 4-A playoffs).”
Quintero nearly hit for the cycle, going 3-for-4 with a solo home run over the left-center field fence, a single and a ground-rule double. She also scored three runs for Box Elder, which smacked back-to-back homers in the first inning.
Caylie Phelts drilled an RBI double to right-center field in the first inning, but the Royals left the bases loaded and trailed 3-1.
Roy (15-5 overall, 8-2 league) stranded nine base runners, including eight in scoring position, and had a runner tagged out at home plate in the fourth.
Leadoff batter Morgan McCormick, the Bees’ only senior, went 2-for-5 with an opposite-field RBI single. Freshman Sadie Blacker had a two-run, first-inning shot over the left-field fence; Karly Bunderson was 3-for-3 with a sacrifice and two runs; and Baylee Reeves had an RBI single and a sacrifice fly for Box Elder (15-2, 9-1).
Jordynn Barrera went 2-for-3 with a walk and scored a run for Roy. Samantha Stockwell was 2-for-3, with two runs scoring after her fifth-inning single and a Box Elder error in center field.
• Bonneville 9, Sky View 2: At Smithfield, Cortney Porter went 2-for-4 with a triple and scored a run and Maddi Keesler was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs for the two-time defending league champion Lakers (9-5, 6-4).
• Weber 6, Fremont 4: At Plain City’s Dick Scadden Field, junior right-hander McKenna Bull tossed a four-hitter with 12 strikeouts and four walks.
Taylor Stroud was 2-for-4 with a three-run bomb and Nicole Weiss went 3-for-4 with a double for the Warriors (15-0, 5-0).
Maisie Hobbs went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and Dusty Kimber had a two-run shot for the Silver Wolves (9-9, 3-2).
• Davis 4, Northridge 3: At Kaysville, Breezy Roth doubled leading off the seventh inning and scored the winning run on a Knights’ throwing error on a Darts’ sacrifice.
Dani MacKay and Autumn Woodfall each went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Darts (10-5, 3-2).
Krysta Villarreal smacked a three-run, sixth-inning homer for the Knights (4-12, 0-5).
• Layton 1, Syracuse 0 (eight innings): At Layton High, the Lancers (8-9, 2-3) scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Titans are 7-10-1, 2-3.
• Clearfield 18, Woods Cross 4 (five innings): At Clearfield, the Falcons won their fifth straight.
Lexi Anderson went 4-for-4 with a triple, three RBIs and scored a run. Bailey Douglas was 3-for-4 with an RBI; Phoenix Sparrow went 2-for-3 with a double, three RBIs and three runs; Baylee Patterson was 2-for-3 with a solo homer, two RBIs and two runs; and Kassidy Young went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs for the Falcons (12-8, 7-3).
• North Sevier 18, St. Joseph 4 (five innings, first game): At Ogden’s Bonneville Park, Becki Wright and Danielle Shinaut each had an RBI single and scored a run.
• North Sevier 16, St. Joseph 5 (five innings, second game): At Ogden’s Bonneville Park, Jane Porter went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a run and Sami Page was 2-for-4 with two runs for the Jayhawks (1-9, 0-6).