ROY -- Better late than never.
That's the first thing Roy baseball coach Eric Jones said after his squad defeated Bonneville 8-6 Friday, keeping the Royals' state 4-A playoff hopes alive.
"We are in a must-win mentality right now, but win-loss records go out the window when you are playing your rival," Jones said. "It always feels good to beat those guys (Bonneville)."
Roy (6-13, 4-8 Region 5) cranked out 10 hits, getting two RBIs each from Jaden Titensor, Grady Hansen and Trevor Kennedy, and starting pitcher Carson Bubert tossed 42âÑ3 innings to pick up the victory.
After starting the season 3-12, the Royals have won three of their last four and, with three games remaining, are still in a foot race with the Lakers and Box Elder for fourth place in the Region 5 standings.
Bonneville (4-17, 2-10) drew first blood in the second inning when junior Dakota Buckway drove in three runs on a stand-up double. But Roy responded in the bottom half of the frame, rallying for five runs on four hits and two walks off Lakers starter Will Heward.
The Royals picked up two more runs in the fourth before the Lakers put together a rally of their own, taking advantage of two Roy errors to snag three runs in the fifth.
From there, Braxton Patton took over for Bubert on the mound, recording seven straight outs to pick up the save.
* LOGAN 6, BOX ELDER 3: At Brigham City, the Grizzlies topped the host Bees. No details were reported.
In the other game, Mountain Crest topped Sky View 7-1.
* FREMONT 6, NORTHRIDGE 5: At Plain City, the Silver Wolves parlayed five runs in the sixth into a one-run win, capped by Lloyd Stephen's two-run home run.
Braden Stratford had two doubles, and Todd Bell also doubled for Fremont. Preston Akre earned the win on the mound in relieve of Jake Hobbs.
Ben Jackson had three hits for the Knights. Brandon Petersen took the loss.
* DAVIS 12, LAYTON 7: At Layton, the Darts finished the sweep of the Lancers to set up next week's series with Syracuse.
Zac Fuller homered and four Davis players had doubles in the contest.
* CLEARFIELD 4, CYPRUS 3: At Clearfield, the Falcons staged another comeback to steam into third place in the standings.
Earlier in the week, Clearfield won when Parker Oliver stole home. On Friday, Dylan Moore blasted the walk-off game-winning double to score Brady Davis and Oliver.
Connor Parry also doubled for the Falcons. Dallas Mildon picked up the win on the mound.