Stephenville's starting pitchers continue to shine. Especially Trent Morrison.

The senior looked every bit the ace of a staff on a roll Tuesday night, tossing a near no hitter to shutout Waco University 3-0 at Waco ISD Sports Complex.

"He threw his tail off," Stephenville head coach James Boxley said emphatically. "When he's out there, he's in such control that the game just takes on whatever tempo he wants to play at. He's been getting settled in and comfortable early and getting on a roll."

Morrison sat nine batters down on strikes and walked just one. University's only hit almost never happened.

"Chase (Varnado) made a great play on the ball," Boxley said of the infield single to the shortstop. "He made a diving stop but he slipped just a little getting up. But it was a slow runner, so the throw still almost got him. (Morrison) was that close to a no hitter."

The Yellow Jacket bats were slow to get going early on, but Varnado's 2-run double in the fourth proved to be all the run support Morrison would need. Courtesy runner Jordan Jones scored the final run, as SHS took advantage of a pair of walks and a bunt single on their way to the insurance score.

The Jackets had just five hits against University starter Jesus De Leon, two each by brothers Trent and Brock Morrison. Like Morrison, De Leon went the distance on the hill.

"We weren't hitting just real well, but I have to give (De Leon) some of the credit for that," Boxley said. "He pitched a great game. It's a good thing Trent had a great one for us, too."

Morrison has allowed just one earned run in 16 innings over his last two starts. Combined, Stephenville's starters - the others are Brian Picha and Mookie Carlile - have surrendered four earned runs in the Jackets' last five games. They are 3-1 during that span including a 2-0 start to District 8-4A play.

"I feel really good about those guys," Boxley said. "We seem to play good defense behind those three, and the game just seems to have a certain flow to it when one of them are on the mound."

Picha will get another turn on Tuesday when the Jackets host Killeen, a club struggling to hit the ball. The Kangaroos have allowed only five runs in two 8-4A games, but were shutout in both, falling 1-0 to University and 4-0 to Waco High.

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