Home runs by Sierra Varnado and Sami Shaffer highlighted the evening as Stephenville improved to 2-0 in District 7-3A by ripping Venus 16-1 Friday.

The Honeybees grabbed the lead with two runs in the first, then blew it open with a seven-run second. They scored twice more in the third and five times in the fourth to bring an early end to a game that had already begun early due to a power outage across town Friday afternoon.

The outage led officials to cease junior varsity competition and begin varsity play about 5:45 p.m., in fear power wouldn't be restored and teams would run out of daylight.

But as soon as the power came back on, the Honeybee hitting power also roared to life, with both Shaffer and Varnado depositing their home runs well over the centerfield fence at McCleskey Field in City Park.

Ashlynn Mayfield also had a big day, going 4-for-4 with four runs. Her hits included two of Stephenville's three doubles, with the other being swatted by freshman Madi Crew. Kali Smith added a triple, giving Stephenville six extra base hits over just four innings. Nine different Bees accounted for 13 hits in all, and there were also five walks.

Ciara Dittfurth needed just 66 pitches to earn the win in the circle. She struck out four while yielding just two hits.

The Bees visit Alvarado Tuesday in another 7-3A battle. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.