ROY — After a shaky first inning, the new-look Royals took care of business Tuesday in their league opener.
Defending state 4-A softball champion Roy High — the Royals were also the 2011 5-A champions — scored at least three runs in every inning of an 18-4 five-inning Region 5 romp over Logan at Sand Ridge Park.
“Once we got out of the first inning and shook off the St. George rust, everything started going better,” said Roy coach Mandy Koford.
Sophomore right-hander Abby Kennedy allowed five hits with seven strikeouts, a walk and two hit batters.
“Abby threw better every single inning,” Koford said. “Her accuracy, speed and everything got better as the game progressed.”
Senior shortstop Jordynn Barrera, who has signed with Marist (N.Y) College, went 3-for-3 with two three-run bombs, seven RBIs, four runs and a walk.
Wylee Fielding went 4-for-4 with five RBIs and a run for Roy (1-2 overall). McKayla Sanchez, a Box Elder transfer, was 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.
“More than anything, I wanted to put some runs on the board,” Koford said. “We’re very young, so my goal is by the end of the season to figure things out and be much better than we are now.”
Barrera, Brittnee Higgs and Kylee Blau, who is in Hawaii the remainder of the week, are the Royals’ top returnees.
“I saw a lot more confidence in the girls today,” Koford said. “They are outside on our dirt, and I hope they remember how to play this game.”
Roy lost both of its weather-shortened games Friday at the 5-A/4-A March Warm-Up at St. George. Saturday’s games were canceled due to rain.
“These are good kids, so it’s not hard to go to practice,” Koford said. “My hope is that they don’t lose confidence in our program and keep faith that by the end of the year we’ll figure some things out.”
• Mountain Crest 12, Bonneville 2 (five innings): At Washington Terrace’s CD Field, the Lakers had just four hits and committed five errors.
Abby Toller was 2-for-3 with a run-scoring double for Bonneville (0-2).
• Box Elder 16, Sky View 1 (four innings): At Brigham City, the defending league champion Bees battered the Bobcats behind a season-high run total.
Junior right-hander Abbey Martin tossed a one-hitter with four strikeouts, a walk and two hit batters while facing 18 Sky View batters.
Box Elder (3-0) had 15 hits, including six doubles.
Karly Bunderson went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, two RBIs and one run; Molly Horne was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, two RBIs and two runs; Kelsey Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a double, reached on an error and scored three runs; Myranda Hernandez was 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs; and Baylee Reeves went 2-for-2 with a double, was hit twice by a pitch, two RBIs and three runs for the Bees.
• Clearfield 7, Cyprus 5: At Clearfield, sophomore right-hander Bailey Douglas allowed eight hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
The Falcons’ Lexi Anderson went 2-for-3 with a run; Lexy Horning had a three-run homer; Karley Williams was 2-for-3 with a run; Lucy Evans drilled an RBI double; Kassidy Young went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run; and Kaycee Ray was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs for Clearfield (1-2), which had a six-run sixth inning.
• Davis 9, Brighton 3: At Cottonwood Heights, the Darts scored six seventh-inning runs and Cheyne Moffett went 3-for-4.
• Fremont 9, Summit Academy 0: At Plain City’s Dick Scadden Field, the Silver Wolves blanked the Bears and Dina Stewart ripped a triple.
• Northridge 9, Skyline 5: At Northridge High, Shaeleigh Knell had a grand slam and a double for the Knights (1-4), who led 9-0 after four innings.
• Murray 16, Syracuse 5 (six innings): At Syracuse, the Spartans scored in every inning but the third in a blowout road win.
• Taylorsville 11, Weber 1 (six innings): At Taylorsville, the southern Warriors spanked the northern Warriors, who are the defending state 5-A and Region 1 champions.
Haylee Chugg drilled a double for Weber (1-1), which trailed 8-0 after four innings.
• BEN LOMOND 4, STANSBURY 0: At Stansbury, the Scots picked up their first win of 2013 in convincing fashion.
Victor Galindo had a pair of goals and Sage Eastburn had a goal and two assists for Ben Lomond, which led 3-0 at the break.
Javier Zambrano had the other B.L. goal, while Josh Winterbottom had an assist. Weston Leatherow led the defense, making things relatively easy for keeper Juan Gonzalez.
• OGDEN 5, GRANTSVILLE 0: At Mount Ogden Park, the Tigers cruised past a much-improved Grantsville squad.
Diego Diaz and Roque Ceja each scored a pair of goals while Ulises Acosta added a score. Josue, Tucker Castle and Alejandro Garcia tallied assists.
Auggie Garcia earned the shutuout in goal.
The Tigers now host rival Ben Lomond on Thursday in their annual battle for The Firm trophy.
• BEAR RIVER 3, TOOELE 1: At Tooele, the Bears broke open a scoreless game with three after halftime. Tanner Porter scored two goals and Lane Bitner added a score for Bear River.
• CLEARFIELD 4, BOX ELDER 3: At Clearfield, the Falcons scored three in the second half to stay unbeaten. Ivan Pechetto and Andre Yovera scored two each for Clearfield.
Box Elder got goals from Connor Olsen, Corbin Arbeseth and Kaden Tingey.
• ST. JOSEPH 0, SKY VIEW 0: At Smithfield, the Jayhawks finished up pre-region play with a spirited, and scoreless, road battle on the turf.
“There was still plenty of playmaking and chances,” St. Joseph coach Derek Tate said. He praised Kenan Richards and Jordan Jones with leading a defense that has allowed just two goals this season. Mitch Koehler had little work in goal.
The Jayhawks, who have still had just one outdoor practice this season, face three league matchups next week.
• LAYTON 2, ROY 0: At Roy, Jared Steed and Davis Walker each scored for the Lancers.
In other games, Cyprus edged Weber 3-2 despite a pair of scores from Jaden Bybee; Mountain Crest whipped Syracuse with the Titan’s Kyle Coffee scoring twice; Viewmont edged Woods Cross 2-1, and Northridge buried Morgan 6-1. No other details were reported from those contests.
• DAVIS 4, CYPRUS: At Magna, the Darts’ Zac Fuller tossed a 13-strikeout no-hitter to shut down the Pirates.
Bronson Larsen homered and doubled for Davis while Jackson Peacock triped as part of 3 for 3 day at the plate.
Fuller, a right-hander walked four but otherwise mowed down the Cyprus lineup.
• ROY 4, MORGAN 0: At Roy, the Royals held the Trojans hitless in the early-season battle.
Braxton Patton and two relievers shut down Morgan on the game.
Meanwhile, Roy scored a pair of runs on three hits in the fourth, and manufactured runs in the first and sixth to finish off Morgan.
Carson Bubert and Chase Gurule were the other Roy pitchers.
Cameron Skinner took the loss on the mound for Morgan.
• BOUNTIFUL 4, LAYTON 2: At Layton, the Lancers gave up four in the seventh to lose at home.
Ryan Curtis and Zac Muir each had doubles for the Braves. Rick Medrano earned the win.
The Lancers outhit the Braves 9-8. Caleb Harrop suffered the loss on the mound.
• OGDEN 11, LAYTON CHRISTIAN 0 (FIVE INNINGS): At Ogden, J.J. Stein twirled a one-hitter at the Layton Christian Academy Eagles.
The Tigers scored seven in the first inning to put the gameaway. Michael Richardson and Brian Saunders doubled for Ogden.
In other games, East ripped Northridge 15-3 and Syracuse fell to Spanish Fork 8-7 in a tight battle. No details were reported from those contests.