ROY — The Roy Royals had hoped to make a little statement in their first Region 5 baseball game of the season, measuring up with Mountain Crest on Thursday afternoon.
Despite having runners at third base with just one out in each of the final two innings, the Royals never got the hit they needed, coming up on the short end of a 4-3 score.
“We were tight early. We wanted to make a mark in this game,” new Roy coach Travis Flint said. “We settled down as the game went on, but you can’t spot a good team four runs and expect to come back very often.”
Three of the Mustangs’ scores were unearned runs.
In the sixth, a Roy batter lined out with a runner at third. In the seventh, the Roy batter grounded out to end the game.
“I think we’re learning some things,” Flint, a former Royals standout himself, said. “We do know we’ll have good pitching with Braxton Patton, Garrett Bowman and Corey Quintana. We’ve got good team speed. We stole four bases today. But we’ll have to rely on nine guys to get the job done each game.”
Roy scored its three runs in the fourth inning. Four fielding errors led to the three runs.
Cy Bambrough had a pair of hits for the Royals (2-1). Patton took the loss on the mound.
Ben Weese picked up the win for the Mustangs (3-4).
Ironically, now the Royals will play five more non-league contests before returning to region action.
“This is a great bunch of kids; that’s the thing I’ve enjoyed the most,” Flint said. “We’ll rebound.”
• OGDEN 10, BEN LOMOND 0 (FIVE INNINGS): At Ogden High, the Tigers broke open a scoreless game with five runs in the third. Ogden had 10 hits, paced by Alex Halverson’s double.
Kameron Laird earned the win on the mound, tossing a three-hitter.
• GRANTSVILLE 5, MORGAN 2: At Granstville, three fielding errors cost the Trojans on the road.
Kelby Landon and Wyatt Smith each hit a double for the Cowboys. Tanner Johnson took the loss for the Trojans.
• STANSBURY 5, BEAR RIVER 3: At Garland, the Bears were unable to bounce back from giving up four runs in the second inning. Five fielding errors cost thm dearly.
Brek Bentley picked up the win, while Broc Hill suffered the loss. JarBee Messen had a double for the Bears, who outhit the Stallions 7-6..
• DAVIS 17, WESTLAKE 5 (6 INNINGS): At Saratoga Springs, the Darts bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 14-hit, 17-run effort in the Vivent Classic.
Davis will likely play for the tourney title on Saturday.
Jackson Peacock picked up the win the mound, and also homered for the Darts, going 3 for 5 at the plate. Gage Cook, Kody Day and Kaden Day each had a pair of hits.
• BONNEVILLE 10, OLYMPUS 4: At Washington Terrace, the Lakers got off to a solid start at home, scoring in each of the first three innings.
Bryson Longman led Bonneville with three hits, including a home run. Parker Rasmussen earned the win on the mound, allowing six hits.
• BOX ELDER 15, WEBER 5 (SIX INNINGS): At Brigham City, the Bees turned 16 hits into 15 runs against the Warriors. Darius McFarland and Tyler Bate each had three hits to pace the Box Elder attack.
Box Elder’s Kelton Heil homered and had three RBIs, while McFarland, singled, doubled and tripled as the Bees scored nine in the second to put the game out of reach.
Pitcher Tyler Thorton limited the Warriors to five hits on the day, striking out five to go with five walks.
Cooper Roylance homered for Weber, while Jeff Arrington had a triple.
ROY 2, SYRACUSE 0: At Syracuse, the Royals scored a pair of goals and shut down the up-and-coming Titans.
Brock Charlesworth and Noah Jorgensen each had goals for the Royals.
Syracuse’s defense played well, led by Dale Matthews, Quinn Spackman and Trevor Judd.
• LAYTON CHRISTIAN 1, LEGACY PREP 1 (2OT): At Layton, Jonathon Faber scored for Legacy to forge the tie.
• LOGAN 1, WOODS CROSS 0: At Logan, Jose Beto Rincon netted the lone goal for Logan.
• LAYTON 2, KEARNS 0: At Kearns, Youri Joseph and Davis Walker found the back of the net for Layton in the second half.
Scott Sweeten recorded the shutout.
• box elder 12, roy 2 (five innings): At Roy’s Sand Ridge Park, the Bees had five hits in an eight-run third inning and the Royals committed four errors.
Venessa Quintero went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk, two RBIs and scored two runs. Myranda Hernandez was 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run and Sadie Blacker drilled a double and scored twice for defending league champion Box Elder (6-0 overall, 4-0 league).
Bees junior right-hander Abbey Martin allowed five hits with four strikeouts, a walk and two hit batters.
The Royals’ Jordynn Barrera went 2-for-2 with a double and was hit by a pitch. Kylee Blau and Aley Driscoll each had an RBI single for defending state 4-A champion Roy (2-6, 1-3).
• bonneville 11, sky view 1: At Smithfield, junior right-hander Andy Hancock gave up five hits with six strikeouts and two walks.
Hancock went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs for the Lakers, who had 16 hits, including six for extra bases.
Emilee Tafunai was 4-for-5 with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs; Mykel Davis went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs; and Abby Toller was 3-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs for Bonneville (3-4, 2-2).
The Bobcats are 4-3, 2-2.