SUNSET -- For a first-year softball program, wins were in short supply for the Jayhawks.
"I tried not to have any expectations coming into this season," St. Joseph coach Ron Campbell said. "We wanted to be better at the end of the season than the beginning, and we accomplished that very well."
The Jayhawks spanked Layton Christian 19-1 in a four-inning, non-league romp Monday at Sunset Park.
Junior right-hander Miranda Romero threw a three-hitter with three strikeouts and no walks.
Issy Leo went 2-for-3 and scored three runs. Sami Page drilled a double with two RBIs and three runs; Jane Porter was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and four runs; and Becki Wright and Danielle Shinaut each had an RBI and scored twice for St. Joseph (2-9 overall).
Both of the Jayhawks' victories came against the winless Eagles (0-10). St. Joseph easily took the first meeting 21-6 at Ogden's Bonneville Park.
Unless the Jayhawks beat Region 16-leading Manti twice on the road Friday, they will not advance to the state 2-A tournament.
"It has been a successful season because you have to look at what we had coming in," Campbell said. "I only have two girls who have played competitive softball, so it has been a learning experience. We're looking at where the girls are now compared to where they were at the start of the season. All in all, it's been a good season.
"We're looking forward to next season and being in Region 14," he said. "We only lose four seniors, so we'll have a more solidified team and a solidified schedule next season."
Campbell spent two years as an assistant coach to Melinda Wade at Weber.
"The opportunity came up and I wanted to be a head coach," he said. "It was going to be a challenge taking girls who had never played softball before and getting them playing on a competitive level. I learned a lot from Moe (Wade) at Weber High.
"The most pleasing thing to me is the girls' work ethic and their desire to get better," Campbell said. "They have never given up this year -- they get down in a game -- and we are playing organized teams. They have had their moments, and all in all, they have battled hard."
* BEAR RIVER 14, OGDEN 2 (FIVE INNINGS): At Ogden High, the Bears won their seventh consecutive game and clinched no less than a tie for their third straight league title.
Bear River has also secured home-field advantage in the state 3-A playoffs on May 12. First-round winners advance to the round of eight undefeated teams on May 17 at Taylorsville's Valley Complex.
Senior right-hander Rebekah Wheatley tossed a four-hitter Monday with one strikeout, a walk and one hit batter.
Utah Valley University signee Morgan Summers went 2-for-3 with an inside-the-park grand slam, three stolen bases and scored two runs.
Kassi Fronk ripped a two-run triple with two runs; Shaunie Owen was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs; Aleisha Taylor went 2-for-2 with a double, a triple -- she was also hit by a pitch -- an RBI and three runs; and Jordan Theurer had a run-scoring double and a sacrifice fly for the four-time defending 3-A champion Bears (19-3, 10-1 league).
Nikki Thompson went 2-for-3 with an RBI double for the Tigers (9-9, 4-7), who have been eliminated from state 3-A playoff contention.
Meanwhile, Bear River went 3-0 at Saturday's Lady Buff Invitational at Tooele's Deseret Peak Complex.
Theurer had 15 strikeouts in a 3-0 whitewash of defending Region 5 co-champion Mountain Crest. The Bears beat Manti 5-3 and whipped Westlake 10-2 in the championship game.
Owen had a three-run bomb, two doubles and six RBIs versus the Thunder.
* WEBER GOES 2-1 AT LADY BUFF INVITATIONAL: The Warriors trimmed 4-A runner-up Tooele 2-1 in eight innings behind junior right-hander McKenna Bull's career-high 17 strikeouts.
Westlake upended Weber 5-1 -- the Warriors first loss this season -- and Weber defeated Manti 5-3.
Taylor Stroud smacked two homers spanning the three games, and Nicole Weiss also went deep for the Warriors (18-1).
Baseball Region 6
* BOUNTIFUL 5, CLEARFIELD 0: At Bountiful, the Falcons took a shot at the league-leading Braves, but only had three hits.
Brady Parry doubled for Clearfield, 5-5 in league play. Bountiful improved to 9-2 in region games. Logan Neerings took the loss with Bountiful's Sam Cook earning the victory.
In Region 5, Mountain Crest turned back Logan 3-0 in a make-up game, pushing the Mustangs' lead to two games over Logan and Sky View. Zach Johnson tossed a three-hitter in a pitcher's duel with D.J. Nelson.
In Region 14, Layton Christian fell to Rowland Hall-St. Mark's 10-1.
* AMERICAN LEADERSHIP 3, LAYTON CHRISTIAN 2: At Layton Christian, the Eagles came up a goal short.
Diego Perez and Ignacio Baeza scored goals for Layton Christian.