Bees gamble but lose to Salem Hills

May 22 2013 - 9:14pm

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ABOVE: Davis High’s Sydney Warren can’t bear to look as she tags Hunter High’s Caitlin Pehrson on Tuesday in Taylorsville.  SLIDESHOW: More game photos are available online at www.standard.net
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ABOVE: Davis High’s Sydney Warren can’t bear to look as she tags Hunter High’s Caitlin Pehrson on Tuesday in Taylorsville.  SLIDESHOW: More game photos are available online at www.standard.net

TAYLORSVILLE -- Box Elder became the first team to score against the state 4-A runner-up Skyhawks in seven games.

But the two-time defending Region 5 champion Bees couldn't finish off Salem Hills in the round of four undefeated teams Tuesday at the wind-swept Valley Complex.

Deadlocked 2-all after seven innings, Box Elder played the percentages in the eighth and it backfired.

Loading the bases with no outs to get a force-out anywhere, the Skyhawks' Kirtlyn Bohling answered with a walk-off grand slam over the center-field fence in a 6-2 victory.

Salem Hills extended its winning streak to 13, while allowing just four runs over that span.

"This is disappointing. We were looking for ground balls to the left side and outs at the plate," said Box Elder coach Mandy Hodgson. "We were playing the percentages to try and get a force-out.

"We need to be able to step up at the big dance with the big crowds," she said. "We're in a comfort zone at home, and we need to play like that in a different environment."

Molly Horne, a Salt Lake Community College commit who missed Thursday's shutout victory over Olympus with a strained muscle in her lower back and hasn't practiced, went 3-for-3 with two doubles.

Horne's two-out RBI double over the left fielder's head tied the score 2-2 in the sixth inning.

"I think we tighten up for some reason when we play here," Hodgson said. "The girls need to play in the same comfort zone we have on our home field and just relax."

The Bees (24-2 overall), who have dropped their last two against Salem Hills, face Region 5 rival Roy High in an elimination game today. Box Elder has beaten the Royals six consecutive times over the last two seasons.

"We can do it and stay in this thing," Hodgson said. "We have great pitching and a great defense. They have to understand hard work got them here.

"It's not how hard you get hit, it's how hard you get up and fight," she said. "We have to do what we've done all year. But we need to do a better job of team hitting, including getting our bunts down."

Bees senior right-hander Baylee Reeves, who has signed with BYU-Hawaii, allowed two runs on two hits in four innings. She walked one and fanned two, with Box Elder committing two errors in the Skyhawks' two-run fourth.

Reeves had a second-inning RBI single after Horne's one-out double.

* ROY 7, HERRIMAN 6: The defending 4-A champion Royals, who had to win a fourth-place playoff game versus Sky View just to make the playoffs, scored five sixth-inning runs on five hits and knocked out the Region 7 champion Mustangs.

Jordynn Barrera, the team's lone senior who has signed with Marist (N.Y.) College, went 3-for-3 with an RBI and scored two runs. Courtnee Higgs had a two-out, run-scoring double in the sixth and Abby Kennedy drilled a two-out, two-run double in the inning.

* BONNEVILLE 5, MURRAY 4: The Lakers scored four third-inning runs and held off the Spartans, who rallied with a run in the sixth and two in the seventh inning.

Abby Toller homered for Bonneville.

* ROY 8, BOUNTIFUL 5: Two big innings -- a three-run first and a three-run fourth -- extended Roy's season.

Kylee Blau and MaKayla Sanchez each double for the Royals (10-16), who committed five errors.

* BONNEVILLE 4, OLYMPUS 3: Andy Hancock singled in Cortney Porter in the seventh inning as the Lakers eliminated the Titans.

Sheyenne Keesler was 2-for-3 for Bonneville (14-12), which plays Region 5 runner-up Mountain Crest in an elimination game. The Mustangs took two of three against the Lakers this year.

5-A tournament

* BINGHAM 3, WEBER 2: The Region 4 champion Miners scored two fifth-inning runs in dropping the defending state 5-A champion Warriors (12-13) into the one-loss bracket.

Weber is just 3-8 in its last 11 games.

* FREMONT 2, BRIGHTON 1: The Silver Wolves stayed alive in the one-loss bracket despite only three hits and striking out 11 times.

Amber Nebeker had an RBI single and Rane Hadley, who reached base on a fielder's choice, scored on a wild pitch in Fremont's two-run fourth inning.

* TAYLORSVILLE 4, SYRACUSE 2: Alex Valencia had an RBI single and the Titans' other run scored on an error in Syracuse's (9-15) season finale.

* DAVIS 14, HUNTER 5: The Region 1 champion Darts rang up 13 hits, but only one for extra bases, and capitalized on seven Wolverines' errors to advance in the one-loss bracket.

Leadoff batter Breezy Roth went 2-for-4 -- she was also hit by a pitch and reached base twice on errors -- with an RBI triple and scored three runs.

Senior right-hander Cheyenne Norton, who walked seven and hit a batter with five strikeouts, was 3-for-4 with a sacrifice fly, three RBIs and two runs; Kayla Pusey went 3-for-4 -- she also reached base on an error -- with an RBI and two runs; Sydney Warren had an RBI groundout -- she also reached base on an error and walked -- with a run; Makenna O'Brien had an RBI single and a run-scoring fielder's choice with a run; Payton Yerke had an RBI single with a run; and Cierra Udseth was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs.

* LEHI 9, FREMONT 4: The Silver Wolves had a 10-8 advantage in hits, but were eliminated from the tournament.

Hadley doubled and Dina Stewart smacked a homer for Fremont (17-12).

* DAVIS 1, TAYLORSVILLE 0 (eight innings): Norton, who went 2-for-4, singled in Yerke in the top of the eighth inning for the Darts (18-6), who tangle with Weber in an elimination game.

The teams split their league games, each winning a one-run game on the road.

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