<strong>HYRUM–</strong> Mountain Crest used a huge second inning and some solid pitching from Jordan Smith as the Mustangs rolled to an easy 12-2 region victory over Bonneville Tuesday afternoon.
Tessa Sorensen and Cassidy Wall each recorded doubles in the win, as Mountain Crest turned a 2-1 advantage after the first inning to a 9-1 advantage heading into the third. Scoreless third and fourth innings by MC left the Mustangs up 9-2 heading into the fifth inning, but Mountain Crest outscored Bonneville 3-0 in the fifth to end the game via the mercy rule.
After a short preseason, the Mustangs will continue Region 5 action Thursday when they travel to Box Elder at 3:30 p.m. The Bees opened region play with a blowout win as well, blasting MC’s valley-rival Sky View, 16-1.
<strong>BEES 16, BOBCATS 1</strong>
Box Elder outscored Sky View 3-0 in the first inning of the Region 5 opener for both teams Tuesday. The Bobcats appeared to right the ship, pulling to within two, 3-1, with a run in the top of the third inning. However, that’s as good as it got for SV.
The Bees added three more runs in the bottom of the third to build a 6-1 lead, and then blew the game open with 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to end the game via the mercy rule.
Abby Martin pitched a one-hitter for Box Elder, which outhit Sky View 15-1. The Bees also only committed three errors in the game, compared to five for the Bobcats.
Sky View will look to get back on the winning track when they continue region action Thursday with a 3:30 game at Roy.
<strong>ROYALS 18, GRIZZLIES 4</strong>
Jordynn Barrera smacked two home runs, and Roy recorded 18 runs on 12 hits as they blasted the Logan Grizzlies, 18-4 Tuesday in the Region 5 opener for both teams.
After a competitive first inning that ended in a 3-3 tie, the Royals piled up seven runs in the bottom of the second inning, and they just kept scoring from there. While Logan was limited to only one more run in the game – in the top of the third – Roy added innings with three and five more runs.
The game ended after the Grizzlies were held scoreless in the top of the fifth inning. Karlee Behm took the loss on the mound for the Grizzlies.
The loss was the season opener for Logan, and the Grizzlies will step out of region action Thursday when they travel to Timpview to take on the Thunderbirds at 3:30 p.m. The Grizzlies will return to region action next Tuesday, March 19, when they host valley-rival Sky View.