Arlington Seguin turned double plays in three consecutive innings to negate Stephenville scoring opportunities and turn back the Yellow Jackets in a 3-0 shutout in District 8-4A baseball action in Arlington Tuesday night.
A Brad Picha leadoff single was wasted in the fourth when it was followed by a strikeout and a ground ball to the right side of the infield that resulted in a double play.
In the fifth, Nick Young walked and Reese Robinson singled before a strikeout-throw out double play ended that opportunity.
The Yellow Jackets' best chance to steal the lead came in the sixth when the bases were loaded with no outs and Seguin clinging to a 1-0 edge. Walks to Garrett Autrey and Picha put two runners on before Dominick Jokel laid down a bunt and all three runners were safe on an attempted fielder's choice.
It wasn't meant to be, however, as a ground ball back to the Seguin pitcher set up an easy double play at home and first, leaving runners at second and third with two outs. A hard line drive followed exactly the kind of contact the Jackets needed to take a 2-1 lead but it was hit directly at the Seguin short stop, who made the catch to end the inning.
Seguin added a pair of insurance runs with a two-out rally in the sixth, and Stephenville couldn't answer in the top of the seventh.
Jokel started the game on the hill for Stephenville and allowed one run in two innings before Garrett Autrey took over. He pitched three shutout innings before a pair of errors helped Seguin tack on its final two tallies in the sixth.
We're inches from victory, said Stephenville head coach Steve Carroll. We just need to fix several little things, and we have to hit better. If we were hitting the baseball like we should those little things wouldn't have mattered in the end (on Tuesday).
Stephenville continues its three-game 8-4A road swing on Friday when the Jackets visit Mansfield Legacy.