Garrett Autrey hit a grand slam and finished with six RBI as Stephenville overcame an early two-run deficit in a 6-4 win at Mansfield Timberview in District 8-4A baseball Tuesday night.
The Yellow Jackets improved to 10-6 on the year and 2-2 in league play to stay in the thick of the playoff race early in the district season. Timberview dropped to 0-14 overall and 0-4 in 8-4A.
“This was one we needed,” Stephenville head coach Steve Carroll said of the win. “Our kids fought hard to put it all together and we were glad to get out of there with a ‘W.’”
Stephenville had 10 hits on the night, with four of them coming over a span of five hitters in the top of the second inning.
Blake Pair, Daniel Noland and J.T. Autrey all singled to load the bases before Garrett Autrey went yard for a grand slam to put Stephenville head, 4-2.
The Jackets added three more runs in the third. Reese Robinson walked, and a double play ball was thrown into left field to put two runners on. Chris Malone then drew the second walk of the inning before J.T. Autrey reached on an error to bring a run home. Garrett Autrey then drove two more runners across the plate with a single to make it 7-2.
Dominick Jokel picked up the win on the hill, allowing three runs in 4-1/3 innings. He struck out three batters and walked one while surrendering eight hits.
Garrett Autrey got the final seven outs on the bump while setting two hitters down on strikes and giving up just one hit.
The Jackets picked up three crucial defensive plays to preserve the win, including a pair of outs at home plate.
After Timberview jumped on top 2-0 in the first, a runner was gunned down at home to prevent any further damage. In the third, Matt Mabry assisted on a force out at the plate to help the Jackets out of a bases loaded, one-out jam, and Malone picked a runner off on the basepaths in the fifth.
Stephenville is back at home on Friday when district-leading Joshua visits at 7 p.m. A win would lift the Jackets into a tie for first place in the league standings.