Stephenville won three pool games before being eliminated in the opening round of single-elimination championship play in the Honeybee Classic at City Park this weekend.
The Honeybees won three pool games on Friday before being seeing a 4-1 lead evaporate in a 6-5 loss to Early on Saturday. The Bees ended the loss on a strikeout with runners at third and second.
Shortstop Chrislyn Wells was 2-for-3 from the plate against Early after a four-hour drive home from Lubbock where she competed in the regional tournament with the Honeybee basketball team Friday night.
"I wasn't sure how Chrislyn would do after the drive back, but she got here in time and wanted to play and gave us a big bat," said Stephenville head coach Rus Mayes. "We pitched well and hit the ball pretty well this weekend, we just had a couple defensive lapses that cost us against Early.
Stephenville's Friday victories included edging Big Spring 2-1 in the final at bat (pool games lasted four innings), beating Hamilton 5-1 and shutting out Granbury's junior varsity 7-0.
All-state center fielder Ashlynn Mayfield was 2-for-3 from the plate in the win over Big Spring. Besides winning in the circle, Ciara Dittfurth also scored the winning run as a pinch runner when she slid across home from second base on a double by Sami Shaffer.
Madi Crew had a double, a single and two RBI in the win over Hamilton. Dittfurth struck out six and allowed just three hits.
The senior hurler mowed down Granbury's JV, allowing only two hits. Her battery mate, catcher Mayela Davalos, had two hits and two runs driven in.
The Classic featured 24 teams and was won by reigning 2A state champ Brock, which defeated Comanche in the championship.