GLEN ROSE — Pitcher Julia Flores allowed only two hits and was backed by 16 hits from her teammates as Stephenville pounced Godley for a 13-2 softball victory Monday at Glen Rose High School to clinch the third-place playoff seeding out of District 8-4A.
Morgan DiCiccio, Bianka Garcia and Flores drove in three runs each for coach Rus Mayes’ Honeybees (19-13-1), who will take on District 7-4A runner-up Springtown to open the playoffs.
“We hit the ball well today. Our bats came alive at the right time,” Mayes said. “This was the first time we put all phases of the game together — pitching, hitting, defense and baserunning.”
Garcia launched a three-run home run to cap the Honeybees’ eight-run second inning that set the tone for the contest. They added two runs in the third and three in the sixth. The game ended on the 10-run mercy rule after the Lady Wildcats batted in the bottom of the sixth.
“Any time you jump up on somebody, it kind of deflates them,” Mayes noted. “But you’ve got to stay on your toes and treat every inning like it’s 0-0.”
The Honeybee’s bi-district matchup against Springtown will be a best-of-three series to be played at Graford High School. The opening game will be at 4 p.m. Thursday and the second game will be Friday at 7 p.m. If a third game is needed, it is set for 3 p.m. Saturday.
Flores did not issue a walk, and both runs were unearned. She struck out three.
The huge eight-run second inning included singles by Kristen Pettit, DiCiccio, Madison Gilder and Flores before Garcia slugged a pitch over the left-field wall.
Pettit was 3-for-4 overall, while Jessica Ebeling, Jettie Funderburgh, Skye Gaitan, Garcia and Flores posted two hits apiece.
Springtown was 10-2 in its district, second to 12-1 Mineral Wells. The Lady Porcupines are 14-11 overall.
“We know they can hit a little,” Mayes said. “It’s a pretty good matchup.”
Stephenville tied with Venus and Godley for second place in their district at 8-4, behing 11-1 Alvarado, forcing a three-way district seeding playoff. Venus beat Godley 4-0 on Friday, and then posted a 4-2 win over the Honeybees on Saturday to clinch second place going into the postseason. Godley will be the fourth-place seed for the playoffs.
The winner of the SHS-Springtown first-round matchup will advance to the area playoff round next week against either Graham or Sweetwater.