The Stephenville High School Honeybees bounced back in a big way after dropping their first two games in the three-day Ector County Invitational round robin softball tournament in Odessa.
As the E-T reported in Saturday’s paper, last Thursday coach Rus Mayes’ Class 4A Honeybees lost to a pair of Class 6A teams. They fell to Odessa High 6-3 in the first game, and 7-0 to Odessa Permain in their second game.
In their two games Friday, the Honeybees nipped Lubbock High, 5-4, then thumped Forsan, 14-8.
Saturday, the Honeybees finished in a 6-6 tie with Snyder, then edged Fort Stockton, 6-5.
The Bees topped Lubbock despite being out-hit 7-6, rallying from a 4-1 deficit with four runs in the top of the sixth inning.
Julie Flores pitched the full six innings, striking out six.
In the romp over Forsan, Bianka Garcia drove in four of Stephenville’s runs on two hits, Flores had three RBI, and Morgan DiCiccio added three hits.
The game was deadlocked at 2-2 after the first inning, but the Honeybees broke it open with 10 runs in the top of the second. Forsan rallied for two runs in the bottom of the second and four in the fourth, but the Bees capped the scoring with a pair of runs in the fifth.
In the tie with Snyder, the Lady Tigers out-hit the Honeybees 8-6 and took a 6-1 lead in the second inning. SHS managed two runs in the third and three in the fifth.
Garcia drove in three of the Honeybees’ runs, and Flores struck out nine in her six innings of work pitching.
In the win over Fort Stockton, both teams scored four times in the first inning. The Honeybees took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the third, but Fort Stockton tied it again in the fourth, 5-5. The Honeybees then picked up the winning run in the fourth.
Flores worked all five innings as the starting pitcher again, this time striking out six. She also drove in two of Stephenville’s runs at the plate.
Tuesday (yesterday) was the District 8-4A bye date for the Honeybees. Their next contest will be a district contest at Glen Rose this Friday at 5:30 p.m.