Bees stay perfect in region, drop game to Layton

Courtesy Cris Rose
Jazzy Wirick made a mad dash from right field to get the out on this foul ball in a win over Highland last week. The Bees’ defense was impenetrable as they held the Rams scoreless.

By Jeremy Jones
Staff Writer

The Box Elder High School softball team remained perfect in region play last week with wins over Woods Cross and Highland, before dropping a contest against Layton to end the week.
The Bees were on the road last Tuesday to play the Wildcats, who were looking to build on a three-game winning streak with victories over Ogden, Logan, and Morgan, but proved no match for the Bees high-powered offense.
The Wildcats kept the game close through three innings as the Bees held on to a 2-1 lead, but in the fourth inning the Bees found the fire power that has kept them undefeated in region so far this season, and they exploded for six runs to open up an 8-1 advantage.
Three more runs for the Bees in the fifth inning followed by another scoreless frame for the Wildcats ended the game after five frames with the Bees winning 11-1.
Nyah DeRyke picked up the complete game win from the pitching circle for the Bees.
The Bees hosted Highland on Thursday, and the Rams were looking to get a statement win over the top team in the region after having lost four straight.
But it was tough going for the Rams as DeRyke again stepped into the pitching circle and dominated from the beginning, tossing 11 strikeouts in the game as the Bees’ defense kept the Rams scoreless.
With the defense holding strong, the Bees’ offense opened the game up in the fourth inning, scoring five runs to take a 7-0 lead.
Two more runs in the fifth and three in the sixth put the game away, 12-0.
On Friday, DeRyke again took to the circle, but the Lancers did what few teams have been able to do this season against the Bees’ pitcher and took an early lead.
The game was a back-and-forth battle. The Lancers drove in two runs in the first inning and another in the third to grab an early 3-0 lead. Box Elder fought back in the bottom of the third and took the lead back, 4-3. But the Lancers weren’t done yet, and managed three more runs in the top of the fifth to take the lead for good at 6-4. The Bees weren’t able to muster enough offense down the stretch to threaten a comeback as the Lancers held on for the win, 6-4.
Yesterday, the Bees played their only game of the week when they hit the road to take on Bonneville (results not available by press time).
The Bees may face their toughest test of the season next week as they travel to Bear River on Monday afternoon to take on the Bears, who are currently the No. 1 ranked team in 3A, in addition to being cross-county rivals. A rematch with Bountiful follows on Tuesday. The Braves sit in second place in the region and are ranked 4th in 4A by the Deseret News.
The Bees will then finish up their regular season against East before heading into the state tournament, which starts on May 17.


Soccer team battles to beat Highland, 2-1, falls to Lakers

The Box Elder High School boys’ soccer team split games last week with a much needed win over Highland last Tuesday afternoon followed by a loss to Bonneville on Thursday.
Against the Rams, the Bees battled to a scoreless draw at the half before finding some offense in the second half. The Bees found the back of the net twice, including one from striker Trevan Watson, who knocked in his team-leading sixth goal of the season.
The Rams pulled one back to cut the lead in half, but weren’t able to complete the comeback as the Bees held on for the 2-1 win and recorded a precious three points on the table.
The effort that the Bees showed against the Rams carried over into their game against the Lakers. Unfortunately, the same luck was not on their side as the Bees were unable to break through the Laker defense.
The Lakers found the back of the net in the first half as Julio Huerta got behind the Bees defense and registered his fourth goal of the season.
Despite throwing men forward to try and equalize the game and salvage at least one point, the Bees weren’t able to break through and the Lakers held on for the win 1-0.
The loss to the Lakers puts the Bees in a difficult spot going forward for the remainder of the season as they sit in sixth place with just three games remaining in region play.
The silver lining for the Bees is that two of their three remaining games are against teams that are also fighting to get into the playoffs, so they still have a good deal of control over their own destiny.
Yesterday, the Bees started their final push for a playoff spot when they travelled to Bountiful to try and avenge an earlier 2-0 loss to the Braves (results not available by press time).
On Friday, the Bees will host Woods Cross in another game with potential playoff implications as the Wildcats currently sit in fifth place and are pushing for a playoff spot as well. The game against the Wildcats is scheduled to kick-off at 3:30 p.m.
Next Friday afternoon, the Bees will finish up region play at Ogden. From there, depending on the outcome of their last three matches, the Bees could begin state tournament play as early as May 18.

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Register now for volleyball camp
The Box Elder High School volleyball program will host its annual summer camp for 3rd-10th graders on June 6-9 at Box Elder Middle School.
Registration is underway until May 29. The fee is $40, which includes a T-shirt and treats. Late registrations will be accepted May 30-June 6 with an additional $5 late fee. Registration will be accepted at the door the first day of the camp prior to the appropriate session.
The camp will be divided into three age groups: incoming 9th-10th graders, 8-10 a.m.; incoming 6th-8th graders, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; incoming 3rd-5th graders, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Information and registration forms are available in the main office at Box Elder High School, or by emailing coach Kristine Harding at

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