The offense has been cooking up plenty of runs recently for the Stephenville High School baseball team, and that has translated into wins in four of their last five District 8-4A games.
There was no better time for that upswing, which has coach Justin Swenson’s Yellow Jackets (11-11-2 overall ) in third place in the district standings with a 5-4 mark and only three regular-season games left. Midlothian Heritage and Godley are tied for first place at 7-1.
The Jackets have scored an average of 9.3 runs per game in their last four district wins.
Swenson said the players are putting everything — pitching, fielding and hitting — together.
“It was a good time to start getting hot,” Swenson said.
The Jackets are scheduled to play Tuesday at home against Godley. Their next game is set for Friday at home against Waxahachie Life School (7:30 p.m.). They will finish off their regular-season schedule on Feb. 27 in a crucial matchup at fourth-place Glen Rose. The top four teams make the playoffs from each district.
The Jackets will have to do without catcher Cody Storrs, who sustained a couple of broken bones in his face when he was hit by a foul ball during a recent game. Storrs had to undergo facial reconstruction surgery and will miss the rest of the season, according to Swenson.
In the Yellow Jackets latest contest, Trevor Easter drove in three runs and Daniel Luna pitched three hitless innings in relief an 8-4 district road victory over Alvarado Saturday.
The game, which was postponed from Friday because of rain, featured eight hits by each team but the Jackets made more of theirs count. The Jackets took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, then struck for four runs in the second for a 5-0 lead.
After Alvarado cut its deficit to 5-3 in the bottom of the second, the Jackets kept their distance with one in the third and two in the fourth. Alvarado got its final run in the third.
SHS starting pitcher Mason Castleberry earned the victory. He allowed all four runs, but only one was earned. He struck out five and walked four.
Luna worked the final three frames on the hill, and did not give up a hit while striking out seven and walking one.
Offensively for the Jackets, Gage Graham was 2-for-3 and Tyler Reed was 2-for-4. Kade Averhoff, Castleberry and Easter had the other hits for SHS.