Girls put up 32 runs in 11 innings in blowout wins over Ogden, Logan
Following the Bees’ only loss in their last eight games—a narrow 10-7 defeat at the hands of Bingham on March 29—the Box Elder softball team unleashed on region opponents Ogden and Logan last week, putting up 32 runs in just 11 innings.
Box Elder pitcher Abbey Martin struck out five batters and allowed just two hits in four innings on her way to earning a 10-0 shutout win over the Tigers on Tuesday.
Molly Horne led the Bees from the plate, going 2-for-3 with a walk, two doubles, three runs and an RBI. Kelsey Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs and an RBI.
As solid as the Bees were from the plate, the Tigers gave them plenty of help. Box Elder scored off two errors in the first inning, and Karly Bunderson earned bases-loaded walks in the third and fifth innings to put two runs on the board. Martin also earned a walk that put a run across the board in the third inning. The Bees earned a total of seven walks in the game.
The score had the potential to be as big of a blowout as the game against Logan the next day, with Box Elder leaving seven runners stranded.
Against Logan, the Bees encountered little resistance from the Grizzlies’ pitching staff and defense, and cruised to an easy 22-3 win.
Box Elder nailed six doubles in the game, led by Sadie Blacker with two. Martin, Chelsea Rodriguez, Cierra Stokes, and Kelcie Bate also had doubles in the game. Taylor Sorenson had a triple.
The Bees put up 15 runs in three innings. Logan committed six errors in the game.
With last week’s results, the Bees remained perfect in region play and are the obvious team to beat after handing Bonneville, the second-place team in the region, an 8-2 loss on March 20. Also, the Bees’ numbers are gaudy by comparison, having scored 61 runs in five games, while allowing just eight.
The Bees hosted Roy—the only region team they haven’t faced yet this year—on Tuesday (results not available by press time).
Boys contain Logan offense in big 2-1 win
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Zanner Cutler throws the ball in to his teammates. The Bees scored both their goals against Logan last week off throw-ins.
The Box Elder High School boy’s soccer team moved into first place in Region 5 with a 2-1 win over Logan last week.
The keys to the victory, according to Nate Bywater, was solid defense that contained Logan’s potent attack and skilled players, and speed on the transition.
“It kind of caught them off-guard,” said Bywater. “They weren’t really prepared for the energy of the transition. Their back line was under pressure all game long.”
The Bees found their scoring opportunities off throw-ins that caught the Grizzlies “sleeping.”
In the first half, off set piece throw-in, Eduardo Macia knocked the ball inside the near post as Logan’s defense was transitioning from side to side with the movement of the ball.
“They got caught sleeping on the far post,” Bywater said.
In the second half, Bywater said his team was aware that Logan was playing too high on a throw-in, and the Bees’ Trevan Watson was able to get behind the defense and chip the ball over the keeper on a one-on-one situation. Bywater praised the awareness of his team, since everyone saw Logan’s mistake and called the play to take advantage of it.
Logan’s lone goal came with about 10 minutes left in the game. The Grizzlies were a warded a penalty kick which keeper Isaac Herbert was able to block. However, an oficial said Herbert jumped forward prior to the ball being struck, and awarded another PK to Logan, which the Grizzlies capitalized on.
Bywater said his team rebounded well and didn’t allow the Grizzlies to get the ball in the Bee’s side of the field for the rest of the game.
With the win, the Bees move to 9-1 on the season (4-1, Region 5) and are leading the region with 12 points.
But now, with the second half of the region schedule approaching, the work really begins, Bywater said.
“We’ve made some good strides, but we really haven’t done anything...except paint a bigger target on our back,” said Bywater.
The Bees hosted Ogden on Tuesday (results not available by press time) in a game Bywater said would prove very important.
The Tigers are at 3-2 in region play and just three points behind Box Elder. Ogden will be hungry to get even with the Bees, while Box Elder hopes to put more distance between them and the three teams (Ogden, Logan and Bonneville) who have three wins.
“It’s a huge three points,” Bywater said about Tuesday’s game.
On Friday, the Bees will host 1-4 Sky View. Box Elder beat the Bobcats, 2-0, in a road game on March 18. It was the first time in several years the Bees earned a win on Sky View’s home pitch.