It took just five innings and 18 total hits for Stephenville and Italy to combine for 33 runs at McCleskey Field Tuesday evening.'
The Honeybees won 22-11 in a game abbreviated by the 10-run rule. Five innings were plenty for both teams to score just about every way possible. There were 12 combined errors, seven of them by Italy.
The fourth inning was especially bizarre, with Stephenville scoring nine runs. There was a 3-run error, a one-run error, runs scored on a wild pitch and on a bases-loaded hit by pitch and walk and then two more on yet another error.
The lightning started early with a combined 10 runs in the first inning, after which Stephenville led 6-4. Kali Smith had a 3-run home run for the Bees.
Madi Crew was 2-for-3 with four runs driven in and three runs scored. She had a 2-run double and a 2-run single.
Ashlynn Mayfield reached base three times with a triple and two walks. The senior who has signed with Lubbock Christian scored all three times.
Neither team relieved their pitcher in the high-scoring affair, as Ciara Dittfurth earned the win for the Bees. Only six of the 11 runs to cross the plate were earned against the senior, who struck out three and allowed three walks in addition to 10 hits.
Stephenville travels to Snyder for tournament play Friday and Saturday.