The Stephenville baseball and softball teams are rolling right along, and both squads will be competing in a Class 4A playoff series starting Friday.
The softball team swept two straight over Springtown in the Honeybees’ bi-district playoff round, taking the first game 16-11 last Thursday at home — in a three-hour marathon at McClesky Field — before closing out the best-of-three series with a 17-7 victory Friday in Hawley.
That sent the Honeybees into the area playoff round against Brownwood, which will be played in Brock. That best-of-three series begins at 6 p.m. Friday for game 1. Game 2 will be that night as well, starting 30 minutes after the completion of the first game.
The third game, if necessary, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday.
The Honeybees (16-1) are ranked No. 10 in the state in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association poll.
The SHS baseball squad completed District 8-4A play last Friday night at home with a 4-3 triumph over Glen Rose.
The Yellow Jackets (18-7-2) are the fourth-place team in the district and will take on District 7-4A champion Kennedale in their best-of-three series.
The first game is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday in Stephenville. Saturday’s games will be in Kennedale, with game 2 slated for 2 p.m. If a third game is necessary, it will begin 30 minutes after game 2 ends.
Caleb Gibbons started and picked up the win on the mound against Glen Rose. He worked the first three innings.
The Yellow Jackets scored three runs in the first inning, and led 4-1 after three frames. Glen Rose added two runs in the top of the sixth, but Stephenville got the final two outs of the inning on a fly out and a strikeout, leaving Tigers stranded on second and third.
It was a close call, but the Yellow Jackets didn’t have much to play for other than trying to keep their momentum going.
“I told the guys we were looking for momentum going into the playoffs,” SHS baseball coach Justin Swenson said. “That was way too close, but a win’s a win. Our best baseball is still ahead of us.”
The Yellow Jackets had scheduled a practice game Monday against Clyde. That game was canceled because Clyde had played too many games, so Stephenville played Dublin instead.
The Yellow Jackets got a combined no-hitter in their 6-0 win over Dublin to get warmed up for Kennedale.
In the win over Glen Rose, Gibbons delivered a two-run double in the first inning. The third run of the inning scored on a Glen Rose infield error.
Gibbons added a third RBI in the third inning, when his groundout brought home Cody Storrs, who had led off with a single.
For the Honeybees in their 16-11 win over Springtown, all 16 runs scored in the first four innings. Stephenville led 16-6 entering the fifth inning.
Nadine Arredondo and Jessica Howell combined for eight runs batted in to pace the Stephenville offense in that contest. Skye Gaitan pitched 5-1/3 innings for the win, striking out seven.
In the deciding second game, Arredondo notched four hits while Morgan DiCiccio drove in four runs to lead the offense. The starting pitcher, Bianka Garcia, worked 5-2/3 innings, striking out 15.
Brownwood advanced by defeating Burkburnett in the bi-district round.