Monday , April 09, 2018 - 9:46 PM
BRIGHAM CITY — Box Elder’s softball team has a deep lineup this year, spearheaded by a handful of college-bound players.
On Monday against Woods Cross, though, it was the younger players who took their turn in a 12-2, run-rule win against the Wildcats (2-3, 1-3 Region 5) that vaulted the Bees (8-2, 3-1) into a three-way tie for first place in Region 5.
“With having six seniors on your squad this year, it’s kind of hard to see some of the younger girls get in. It was really fun, they did a great job today,” Box Elder head coach Taleas Marble said.
Sophomore Reagan Marziale went 2 for 4 with three RBIs, two of which came on a two-run, two-out single in the third inning that put Box Elder ahead 5-0.
Senior Nyah DeRyke already gave the Bees a 2-0 lead with her two-run double that sophomore Jostlen Leggett followed with an RBI single to make it 3-0. DeRyke, headed to USU-Eastern for softball, went 2 for 3 with three RBIs and pitched the complete game and struck out eight batters.
“My rise ball was working pretty good, I let it hang a few times and they got good hits. Also my curveball (was working well), that’s probably my go-to pitch,” DeRyke said.
Woods Cross was left to rue a couple of mistakes that extended innings for Box Elder. There was a dropped foul ball in the third inning that would’ve been the third out. Instead, Kyra Hardy walked before Reagan Marziale’s two-RBI single.
Two runs scored from wild pitches in the fifth for Box Elder; Mickelle Lish reached on an infield hit in the sixth and scored the game-winning run on Reagan Marziale’s third RBI.
Lish was another sophomore who made the most of her playing time by going 4 for 4 from the plate. In the fifth inning from right field, she threw out Mekenna Trader at home to mitigate a good inning by the Wildcats where they scored both their runs (an RBI single by Sara Morrison followed by a well-executed double steal).
Monday was a show of Box Elder’s depth, and the two runs only cut the Bees’ lead to 8-2 after Brylee Marziale, bound for Utah Valley’s softball team, cracked a two-run triple and Maycen O’Neal, headed to Dawson Community College, followed with a sacrifice fly earlier in the fourth inning.
“First couple inning was really solid defense, they shut us down pretty good, too. They came up strong and started hitting the holes, but we didn’t turn it on until the end,” Wildcats head coach Casey Plowman said.
The depth the Bees have this year might help them make a deep playoff run. The showing from the sophomores on Monday, though, could also ease the rebuilding process when the six seniors graduate and next season comes around.
COPPER HILLS 10, CLEARFIELD 5
A comeback in the seventh inning wasn’t enough for Clearfield (7-3, 2-2 Region 1) to overcome a big deficit against Copper Hills at home. The Grizzlies led 10-1 until Rachael Brown’s grand slam plated four runs in the final frame.
Macy Benincosa went 4 for 4 and Brown went 1 for 4 with the four-RBI grand slam. Jessie Golder and Peri Winterbottom both went 2 for 3 for the Falcons.
TOOELE 17, BEN LOMOND 0
Tooele allowed no hits as the Buffaloes scored 17 runs in three innings to beat Ben Lomond (0-4, 0-3 Region 11) by mercy rule.
BOX ELDER 14, LOGAN 6
Bryan Ramirez’s five-RBI day led Box Elder (6-7) to a win over Logan. Ramirez went 2 for 3 with a walk, double, home run and the five RBIs. Jake Holgate went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, Jace Myers went 1 for 2 with two RBIs and three walks.
JUAN DIEGO 3, BONNEVILLE 1
Juan Diego completed a three-game Region 11 sweep over Bonneville (5-9, 4-5 Region 11) on Monday. The Lakers scored their lone run in the sixth ininng.
PREP BOYS SOCCER
BONNEVILLE 2, STANSBURY 0
Jaiden Marriot scored twice as Bonneville (5-3-1, 4-1 Region 11) beat Stansbury on the road in region play. Marriott’s first goal came in the 45th minute off a cross from Joe Cloward. His second was from a penalty kick in the 72nd minute.
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