BRIGHAM CITY -- They are back-to-back Region 5 champions who protected their home field this season.
Now the once-beaten Bees are only three wins away from their first state 4-A softball title since 2006.
"That's all I want is to win state," said Box Elder's Baylee Reeves. "It's all I'm thinking about and striving for."
Reeves, a senior right-hander who has signed with BYU-Hawaii, fired a two-hitter Thursday in the Bees' 4-0 second-round victory over Olympus.
Box Elder (24-1 overall) advances to Tuesday's championship-bracket round of four undefeated teams versus Region 8 champion Salem Hills at Taylorsville's Valley Complex.
"Murray and Salem Hills are each really good," said the 17-year-old Reeves. "It doesn't matter who we play. We'll be ready for either one of them. It will be a really good game."
The Spartans dropped the Bees into the one-loss bracket with a 5-1 victory last year, and the 4-A runner-up Skyhawks eliminated Box Elder 3-0.
"This year we know what to expect," Reeves said. "We know we have to fight for what we want. We went undefeated at home, which we wanted to do. This is where we want to be.
"Last year we came in thinking we would win it, nobody would really challenge us and it would just be handed to us," she said. "This year we're expecting teams to step up and play us tough. We have a huge target on our back."
Reeves pitched to just two Titans' batters over the minimum with five strikeouts and no walks.
She threw to a new catcher, sophomore Whitney Hodgson, with junior Molly Horne -- a Salt Lake Community College commit -- out Thursday with a strained muscle in her lower back.
"I was a little nervous when I knew Molly wasn't playing, but I had faith in Whitney (the daughter of Bees coach Mandy Hodgson)," Reeves said. "I came in with the same mindset and didn't change at all.
"My riseball was really working today," she said. "On one of their hits, I missed a spot. I wasn't scared knowing they scored nine runs Tuesday against Clearfield, but I knew I had to come in fighting."
Box Elder turned a seventh-inning double play, knocking down the lead runner at third base. Reeves then caught a game-ending pop-up.
"I'm a little disappointed not getting a no-hitter, but I didn't come in expecting one. I knew they would fight back."
Myranda Hernandez went 2-for-3 and scored a run on an Olympus throwing error. Whitney Hodgson had a run-scoring single in the Bees' two-run second inning and Kelsey Rodriguez had an RBI single and a sacrifice fly for the Bees, who have won five straight -- allowing only three runs -- since a 3-1 non-league road loss to Bingham on May 3.
"It was a good loss to get out of the way before the state tournament, and we saw a really good pitcher," Reeves said. "Although, it would be nice to still have that undefeated season.
"We know what it's like to lose and we don't want to feel that way again."
Karly Bunderson singled and scored in the first and Sadie Blacker drilled a leadoff double in the fifth inning, scoring on Rodriguez's sacrifice fly.
"We're really unified on this team and we love each other," Reeves said. "Kelsey does a lot of good things for us, both offensively and defensively."
Reeves said hitting will be a priority before Tuesday's game against Salem Hills.
"I think we need to work on our hitting, but our defense is really solid," she said. "I know everyone is going to back me up."
* ROY 11, EAST 3: At Salt Lake City, the defending state 4-A champion Royals remained alive in the one-loss bracket.
Jordynn Barrera, who has signed with Marist (N.Y.) College, went 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs. Brittnee Higgs, Kylee Blau and Abby Kennedy each had a double for Roy (8-16), which scored at least a run in all but the seventh inning.
* SPRINGVILLE 4, CLEARFIELD 3: At Clearfield, the Falcons had just four hits in their season finale.
Lexy Horning had an RBI fielder's choice and a run-scoring groundout for Clearfield (11-13).
* BONNEVILLE 10, WOODS CROSS 3: At Washington Terrace's CD Field, the Lakers' two big innings -- a four-run second and a five-run fifth -- eliminated the Wildcats.
Cortney Porter and Mykel Davis each drilled a double for Bonneville (12-12), which had 13 hits and played an error-free game.
* COPPER HILLS 5, DAVIS 1: At Kaysville, the league champion Darts had their nine-game winning streak snapped.
Davis (16-6) had only two hits.
* RIVERTON 12, SYRACUSE 4: At Riverton, the Silverwolves scored at least a run in every inning.
Brittany Vasquez went 2-for-4 with a run; Cassidy Basinger was 2-for-4 with a two-run bomb; and Courtney Starks, who has signed with Utah Valley, walked twice with a bases-loaded walk for the Titans (9-14).
* BINGHAM 10, FREMONT 0 (five innings): At South Jordan, the Region 4 champion Miners blanked the Silver Wolves.
Fremont (16-11) got outhit 15-4.
* WEBER 5, ALTA 3: At Sandy, senior right-hander McKenna Bull tossed a four-hitter with 14 strikeouts and two walks.
Kennede Clarke went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI; Hannah Charlton was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI; and Bull -- who has signed with BYU -- smacked a solo homer for the defending 5-A champion Warriors (12-12), who had seven extra-base hits.
* BEAR RIVER 10, JUAN DIEGO 3: At St. George's The Fields at Little Valley, senior right-hander Jordan Theurer -- who has signed with Southern Utah -- threw a four-hitter with five strikeouts and two walks.
Freshman Brenna Hinck went 3-for-4 and scored three runs. Freshman Oakli Rhodes was 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs; and Erin Fox drilled a two-run double for the five-time defending state 3-A champion Bears (20-7).
Bear River is one of four undefeated teams in the tournament and plays Canyon View in its first game today.