<strong>HYRUM—</strong> Seven innings wasn’t enough Thursday, as two of the top softball teams in Region 5 battled to a 1-1 draw at the end of regulation. In the end, however, it was the home team that won out as Jori Hansen knocked in the winning run for the Mustangs who won 2-1 to take control of second place in the region standings.
Jordan Smith recorded the win for Mountain Crest, which was outhit 6-3, but gave up only one run on those six hits. Bonneville (9-7, 7-4) also committed three errors in the game, while the Mustangs didn’t commit a single one in the extra-inning victory.
Thursday’s win was MC’s ninth in its past 11 games, with both losses coming by two runs. One was a 2-0 loss to Region 5 leader Box Elder, and the other as a 6-4 loss on the road at Bonneville. The Mustangs (11-5, 8-3)will take a short break from region action Monday when they host Clearfield, and then will embark on a three-game road trip before closing the regular season at him against Sky View.
<strong>BEES 9, BOBCATS 1</strong>
Box Elder outhit Sky View 12-4 and the Bees tallied five runs in the first inning as they coasted to a 9-1 victory in Smithfield Thursday afternoon.
The Bees (17-0, 11-0) added two more runs in the second inning, and then one each in the top of the fourth and fifth innings, building a 9-0 lead before Sky View even got on the board. The Bobcats finally got rid of the goose-egg in the bottom of the sixth, but it was too little too late.
Brinkli Jones started on the mound for SV and took the loss, but was replaced by Dakota Green after giving up those seven runs in the first two innings. After a five-game winning streak, the Bobcats have now lost three of their past four contests – though all three have been against the teams ahead of SV in the Region 5 standings.
Sky View (10-9, 3-8) will step out of region action Friday and look to get back on the winning track as they welcome Preston to Smithfield at 3:30 p.m. The Indians also lost Thursday, falling to Bear Lake, 6-2.
<strong>ROYALS 15, GRIZZLIES 0 (5)</strong>
The Logan softball team’s losing streak reached double digits Thursday, as the Grizzlies struggled to generate any offense once again in a 15-0 home loss to Roy. The Royals outhit the Grizzlies 14-6, and had big second and fifth innings en route to the five-inning victory.
Jaycee Briel took the loss for Logan (5-19, 0-11), while MacKenzie Kolb earned the shutout for the Royals. Jordynn Barrera and Kaylie Hanney led the way for Roy at the plate, as Hanney recorded two doubles and Barrera smacked a double and a home run.
The Grizzlies will have four more opportunities to pick up a region victory before the end of the regular season. They’ll travel to Bonneville next Tuesday, before closing the season with Sky View, Mountain Crest, and Box Elder all at home.