Royals, Lakers feel the sting of angry Bees

May 23 2013 - 5:32pm

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Box Elder High School's Karly Bunderson, left, and Bonneville's Cortney Porter look to the umpire during a close tag during Box Elder's 9-0 semifinal victory in the 4A state softball tournament  in Taylorsville on Wednesday, May, 22, 2013. (BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)
Box Elder High School's Karly Bunderson, left, and Bonneville's Cortney Porter look to the umpire during a close tag during Box Elder's 9-0 semifinal victory in the 4A state softball tournament  in Taylorsville on Wednesday, May, 22, 2013. (BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)

TAYLORSVILLE -- Region 5 felt the Bees' wrath.

A day removed from a setback to state 4-A runner-up Salem Hills that rocketed Box Elder into the tournament's one-loss bracket, the back-to-back league champion put up 19 runs Wednesday in blanking Roy and Bonneville at a windy Valley Complex.

Next up is Provo, which the Bees beat 10-1 in their March 8 season opener at the 5-A/4-A Warm-up in St. George.

"We got a wake-up call; we didn't like the feeling of losing," said senior right-hander Baylee Reeves. "We just wanted to keep playing and not go down without a fight."

A victory over the Region 8 runner-up Bulldogs puts Box Elder -- 7-2 in its last nine games -- into a two-win scenario today versus Region 8 champion Salem Hills for its first 4-A softball title since 2006.

"We have to have the mindset we did today and be prepared for anything," said the 17-year-old Reeves. "I'm always prepared no matter if I pitch or not. It's one game at a time for us. If we come out like we did today, I think we can do it."

Reeves, a senior right-hander who has signed with BYU-Hawaii, scattered six hits in shutting out the Lakers 9-0.

She struck out two and didn't issue a walk.

The Bees outscored Bonneville 24-6 in their four victories.

"It's hard playing a team four times, but then you get familiar with what they do. Both my hitting and pitching stepped up today," Reeves said.

She went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs.

"Abbey (Martin) pitches really well against Roy, and it was a good idea putting her in," Reeves said. "I'm always mentally ready if they needed me in the first game.

"We had to forget about the past (the 6-2 Tuesday loss to the Skyhawks on a walk-off grand slam), but it was fuel to push us," she said. "I felt like everybody was in it today. I knew we wanted to win. We had a lot more confidence today; we were a little unsure of ourselves on Tuesday.

"I think we came in a little scared Tuesday, not knowing what to expect after they lost 11 seniors," Reeves said. "I knew they would probably start hitting me, and I could handle being taken out."

Myranda Hernandez was 3-for-3 with a sacrifice and three RBIs against the Lakers.

Leadoff batter Karly Bunderson went 2-for-4 -- she also reached base on an error -- and scored three runs. Kelsey Rodriguez had a run-scoring sacrifice -- she also reached base on an error -- with two walks and two runs, and Venessa Quintero had an RBI groundout for Box Elder (26-2 overall).

Maddi Keesler was 2-for-3 for Bonneville (15-13), which went 4-1 in its last five following a three-game skid.

* BOX ELDER 10, ROY 0 (five innings): The Bees beat the defending state 4-A champion Royals for the fourth time this year on junior right-hander Abbey Martin's two-hitter.

Martin fanned one and walked one.

Sadie Blacker went 2-for-3 with a walk-off RBI double in the fifth inning and scored a run. Kelsey Rodriguez was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs; Baylee Reeves went 2-for-2 with two RBIs, a sacrifice and a run; Kassidy Hedrick was 2-for-2 with a sacrifice and a run; Karly Bunderson went 2-for-2 with two sacrifices and two runs; and Molly Horne -- a Salt Lake Community College commit -- had a two-run single -- she also reached base on an error -- a sacrifice and two runs.

Roy finished the season at 10-17.

* BONNEVILLE 5, MOUNTAIN CREST 3 (nine innings): The Lakers, who lost two of three to the Mustangs in Region 5 this year, led 3-0 after 6 1/2 innings.

Bonneville scored two runs in the ninth with two outs on a Mountain Crest outfield error.

The Lakers' Abby Toller drilled a double.

5-A tournament

* DAVIS 3, WEBER 1: The teams split their two Region 1 games -- each a one-run contest -- with a road breakthrough.

The defending 5-A champion Warriors scored their lone fifth-inning run on a Darts' throwing error on a relay from the outfield, with Davis committing three errors in the inning.

Cheyenne Norton led off the sixth inning with a ground-rule double down the left-field line, advanced to third on an error and scored on Cali Reynolds' squeeze bunt.

Norton later smacked a one-out, two-run bomb over the center-field fence in the seventh.

Norton, a senior right-hander, threw a three-hitter with eight strikeouts, a hit batter and one walk.

Norton went 2-for-4 -- she also reached base on a fielder's choice -- and scored two runs. Kayla Pusey was 2-for-4 with a fielder's choice and Cierra Udseth reached base on an error, walked and scored a run for the league champion Darts.

Weber senior right-hander McKenna Bull, who has signed with BYU, allowed seven hits with eight strikeouts and two walks for the Warriors (12-14), who were only 3-9 in their last 12 games.

* LEHI 8, DAVIS 2: The Darts (19-7) had just two hits in their season finale.

The Pioneers pulled away with a seven-run third inning.

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