Stephenville fell behind 3-0 early on for the second straight game, and just like last time, the Yellow Jackets answered with eight straight runs.
Stephenville scored four unearned runs without a hit in the bottom of the third and led the rest of the way in an 8-3 victory over Andrews in game one of a best-of-three 3A Region I semifinal series at Walt Driggers Field Friday night.
Game two starts at noon Saturday and game three, if needed, will follow, also at Driggers Field. Stephenville is 4-0 in series games two under second year head coach James Boxley. Friday marked the Jackets' first game one win under him in a series.
A solo home run by Witt Westbrook to lead off the bottom of the fifth and a 2-run bomb by Brock Morrison in the sixth helped Stephenville to pull away. Morrison also went the distance on the mound, striking out nine and shutting out Andrews over the final five innings, when the Mustangs had just three hits.
Andrews scored two runs in the first and one in the second, but Morrison got out of a bases-loaded jam with back-to-back strikeouts in the third, and the Mustangs helped Stephenville in the bottom of the frame.
Two Andrews errors paired with three walks and two wild pitches from starter Shane Dolgener set up Stephenville's big third inning.
Morrison finished allowing three runs on eight hits and walking just one. He also got out of big trouble with a called strikeout on the eighth pitch of an at bat by Marc Garcia that ended the fifth with runners at third and second and the Jackets still clinging to a one-run lead.
Dolgener was pulled after the fourth for Andrews, despite not surrendering an earned run. He allowed three hits and walked eight. Andrews walked a total of 10 Jacket hitters without a single strikeout.
Daniel Bullard is expected to start game two on the mound against Stephenville, likely against Christian Marquez of Andrews.
In the other Region I semifinal series, Lubbock Cooper defeated Kennedale 3-0 in game one Friday night. That series also concludes Saturday.