WASHINGTON TERRACE -- How is a team with only one senior able to win 13 consecutive games and clinch no less than a tie for its first league softball title since 2000?
"When we beat Roy (4-0) the first time (March 29 at Brigham City), we realized we had a good team and we can do whatever we set our mind to," said Box Elder junior right-hander Baylee Reeves.
Reeves and sophomore right-hander Abbey Martin combined on a five-hitter Tuesday in the Bees' 7-0 whitewash of two-time defending Region 5 champion Bonneville at CD Field.
"It feels way good to win region," said Reeves, who allowed just two hits with three walks and five strikeouts in three innings. "We've been working hard and we deserve it."
A road win Thursday over the defending state 5-A champion Royals gives Box Elder the outright league title -- the Bees have beaten Roy twice this season -- and two home games in next week's 4-A playoffs.
"It will be fun playing at home in the playoffs," said the 16-year-old Reeves. "We'll still play hard Thursday, but there won't be that stress of knowing we have to win. If we keep mentally strong and continue working hard, we can keep this streak going. But if we get overconfident, I know we're in trouble."
Martin worked the final four innings. She gave up three hits and hit a Lakers batter.
"I need to have confidence in Abbey when she pitches. I cheer for her all the time," said Reeves. "I like it when Abbey comes in and pitches. It's nice to know that if I'm struggling, she can come in and do her job."
Reeves also went 4-for-4 with a two-run bomb -- her second homer this year -- over the center-field fence in the third inning and three RBIs.
"I was more happy with my hitting today," she said. "I was more zoned in with my hitting than my pitching. I felt the pop off the bat and it felt really solid."
The Bees (20-2 overall, 13-1 league) pounded out 15 hits, but only one for extra bases.
"We kept getting hit after hit," said Reeves. "We hit the ball pretty well today, but it wasn't our best hitting game. We practice hard every day and we don't get lazy."
Leadoff batter Morgan McCormick, the team's lone senior, went 3-for-5 -- she also reached base twice on a fielder's choice -- with an RBI. Kelsey Rodriguez had a sacrifice fly; Karly Bunderson singled -- she also reached base on an error -- and scored two runs; Martin was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run; and Myranda Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run for Box Elder, which did not strike out.
"We knew we had to get focused for an important game," Reeves said. "The last (Bonneville-Box Elder) game was 2-1 (April 19 at Brigham City). We expected another close game, but not necessarily a shutout. We'll still take the shutout."
Leadoff batter Cortney Porter went 2-for-4 with a double and Alex Weaver was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk for the Lakers (11-8, 8-6), who had two base runners tagged out at home plate.
* ROY 11, MOUNTAIN CREST 0: At Hyrum, senior right-hander Jamie Aiken tossed a no-hitter with three strikeouts and no walks.
She also went 2-for-3 with two grand slams, a sacrifice fly and nine RBIs. Aiken tied the listed state single-game record with two grand slams, and her nine RBIs are the second-most in a game.
Kylee Blau was 2-for-4 and Caylie Phelts doubled, drew a bases-loaded walk and scored two runs for the Royals (19-5, 12-2), who had 13 walks.
The defending league co-champion Mustangs are 16-10, 6-8.
* WEBER 7, NORTHRIDGE 3: At Pleasant View's Earl Heninger Field, the Warriors rallied from a 3-0 second-inning deficit.
Erin Reichle went 2-for-4 with a RBI and scored a run. Nicole Weiss was 3-for-4 with a three-run bomb; Mikaela Matzl was 2-for-2 with a run; and Johnni Arbon had a two-run shot for Weber (21-2, 9-0).
Kelsey Raitt drilled a two-run double and Shaeleigh Knell had an RBI double for the Knights (4-16, 0-9).
* DAVIS 10, LAYTON 4: At Kaysville, junior right-hander Cheyenne Norton gave up six hits with nine strikeouts and five walks.
Cheyne Moffett went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and scored three runs. Breezy Roth was 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs; Dani MacKay went 2-for-3 with a three-run bomb and four RBIs; Sydney Warren was 2-for-3; Payton Yerke went 2-for-3 with two runs; and Norton smacked a solo shot for the Darts (12-7, 5-4).
Kelly Smedley went 2-for-3 and Rae Gall, Mckell Moss and Carlee Beck each homered for the Lancers (10-11, 4-5).
* FREMONT 13, SYRACUSE 11: At Syracuse, the Silver Wolves and Titans combined 32 hits, including six for extra bases.
Maisie Hobbs went 2-for-2 -- she also walked and reached base on a fielder's choice -- with an RBI and scored three runs. Maddy Bosshardt was 4-for-5 with a run; Rilie Nicholas went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run; Jacee Hancock was 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and three runs; Amber Nebeker went 2-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs; Dina Stewart was 4-for-5 with two RBIs and a run; and Jennee Moore went 2-for-2 -- she also walked and reached base on a fielder's choice -- with a double, two RBIs and a run for Fremont (13-13, 5-4).
Cassidy Basinger went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, a walk, three RBIs and scored two runs. Taylor Tann was 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run; Brittany Vasquez went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run; and freshman Abbey Bowden was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run for Syracuse (10-14-1, 4-5).
* CLEARFIELD 15, CYPRUS 13 (EIGHT INNINGS): At Magna, the Falcons (15-10, 10-5) scored three eighth-inning runs to trim the Pirates.