Bees buzz about unbeaten season

May 2 2013 - 11:29pm


BRIGHAM CITY -- They are back-to-back league champions, but what the Bees really desire are to be an undefeated Region 5 champion.

Unbeaten Box Elder closed within two games of a perfect league season Thursday with a 4-2 victory over Bonneville.

The Bees (19-0 overall, 13-0 league) finish up Region 5 play next week versus Roy and winless Logan.

In its three-game season sweep of the Lakers, Box Elder outscored Bonneville 15-6, but only 6-3 on its home field.

"For some reason, the games here with Bonneville are closer," said Bees senior center fielder Venessa Quintero. "Being at home, it's more intense with our fans watching. But we have great fans here."

Quintero went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and scored a run.

"I've been slumping this season, so it was nice for me to come out and get some team hits," said the 18-year-old Quintero, who has signed with Dawson (Mont.) Community College. "It's big getting RBIs and driving in your teammates."

Molly Horne, a Salt Lake Community College commit, was 2-for-3 with a double and a run for Box Elder, which stranded six base runners -- four in scoring position -- and left the bases loaded in the fourth inning.

"We have a big (road) game with Bingham tomorrow to see where we are as a team," Quintero said. "Our hitting wasn't up to our potential today, which gives us something to work on in practice."

Bees leadoff batter Sadie Blacker smacked a solo home run over the left-field fence in the third -- her fourth bomb in three games -- for her seventh season dinger. She also reached base on an error, was intentionally walked and scored twice.

Blacker, a sophomore third baseman, turned an unassisted double play in the fourth inning and factored into another double play in the seventh.

"It's amazing to be 19-0 and the best Box Elder has been in the last 10 years," Quintero said. "We have progressed throughout the season and bonded together."

Senior right-hander Baylee Reeves, who has signed with BYU-Hawaii, allowed five hits with two strikeouts and no walks. She also had a run-scoring groundout.

"The team chemistry is great," Quintero said. "There is no drama and everything is meshing together. The focus is on defense and defending this field.

"I felt coming into this year we could be a special team," she said. "Once we started winning, everything started rolling for us. We need to continue taking it one game at a time to keep this thing rolling and why not?"

Lakers leadoff batter Cortney Porter went 2-for-3 with a double and Abby Toller was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Junior right-hander Andy Hancock gave up six hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. She also had a sacrifice fly for Bonneville (10-9, 8-5), on a two-game slide and just 1-3 in its last four.

* MOUNTAIN CREST 3, ROY 2 (eight innings): At Roy's Sand Ridge Park, the Mustangs (14-8, 9-4) scored the game-winning run on a one-out fielder's choice in the eighth.

Makayla Sanchez drilled a two-run, seventh-inning double for the Royals (5-14, 4-9), who stranded 10 base runners, including six in scoring position.

Roy had only three hits, but drew nine walks and had five batters hit by a pitch.

Region 1

* DAVIS 12, FREMONT 2 (six innings): At Kaysville, the Darts' fifth consecutive win clinched no less than a tie for the first league title in school history.

Senior right-hander Cheyenne Norton allowed seven hits with nine strikeouts and a walk.

She also went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs. Cheyne Moffett was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs; Cali Reynolds went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run; Sydney Warren was 2-for-3 with a double and a run; Payton Yerke had an RBI single with two runs; Breezy Roth drilled an RBI double with two walks and two runs; and Kayla Pusey had a sacrifice fly and a run-scoring single for Davis (12-5, 7-1).

Rane Hadley went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and a run; Amber Nebeker was 2-for-3 with an RBI; and freshman Ryley Ball went 2-for-3 with a double for the Silver Wolves (13-10, 4-4).

* SYRACUSE 3, WEBER 2: At Pleasant View's Earl Heninger Field, sophomore right-hander Alex Valencia tossed a five-hitter with five strikeouts and seven walks -- not pitching to Johnni Arbon or McKenna Bull.

She also went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Courtney Starks was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run and Brittany Vasquez went 2-for-4 with a run for the Titans (7-12, 4-4).

Haylee Chugg drilled a two-run double for the defending state 5-A champion Warriors (9-10, 5-3), who have lost five straight.

Bull, who has signed with BYU, allowed seven hits with 10 strikeouts and two walks for defending league champion Weber.

* LAYTON 13, NORTHRIDGE 5: At Northridge High, the cross-town rival Lancers and Knights combined for 39 hits and six home runs.

Mckell Moss went 4-for-5 with a double and a solo homer; Alanna Anderson was 4-for-5 with three runs; Rae Gall went 3-for-4 with a dinger and two runs; Megan Benson was 2-for-5 with a double, a home run and two RBIs; Brooklyn Bingham went 3-for-5 with a bomb, two RBIs and two runs; and freshman Skylar Crockett was 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBIs and a run for Layton (12-10, 4-4).

Kelsey Raitt went 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs; Savannah Ward was 3-for-4 with a homer; and Ashton Nicholson went 2-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and a run for Northridge (4-13, 0-8).

Region 6

* WOODS CROSS 10, CLEARFIELD 1: At Woods Cross, Lexy Horning and freshman Tori Reed each went 2-for-3 for the Falcons (10-10, 9-4), who committed seven errors.

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