Stephenville is one win from making it to the halfway point of 7-3A play without a district loss.
Standing in the Yellow Jackets' way of that feat is Hillsboro, which visits SHS at James T. Young Field at 2:30 p.m. today. The game was pushed up from it's originally scheduled start time of 7:30 p.m.
The Jackets are 9-4-1 overall and 3-0 in league play, having already dominated Glen Rose 10-0, come from behind to edge Alvarado 3-2 and jumped out to a quick lead in a 4-1 win at Venus.
"I feel good about where we're at, mainly because I know we're going to keep getting better," said Stephenville head coach James Boxley. "It takes a while to get everyone out and get them back into baseball shape, but we're looking good."
Especially from mound of late. Daniel Bullard tossed a no-hitter even though some unearned runs did come in against Alvarado, and Brock Morrison has allowed just one run through 11 innings of work in district. Maddux Conger hasn't done any extensive pitching as of yet, but has put in quality work in small stretches, going three innings in one recent outing and picking up a save by striking out the side in the seventh at Venus.
"We knew coming into the season that pitching would be a big strength for us, and those three guys are doing exactly what we know they can," said Boxley. "I'm excited because I think our pitching is going to get even stronger as we go along. Our schedule the rest of the season allows us to get into a routine, and if those guys need some extra rest, it allows for that too."
The Jackets tied Azle in a non-district outing last Saturday, in between district wins Friday and Tuesday. They have won or tied four straight, with their last loss coming in tournament play in Waxahachie. That's where they concluded their tough pre-district slate.
"We set it up so we'd play some tough 4A and 5A competition early, and that's only helping us now," he said. "We needed to see some teams at that level, that play playoff caliber baseball."
If the Jackets can continue the caliber of ball they have brought to the diamond in 7-3A play, they will soon be celebrating a district title. Not that Boxley is looking that far ahead.
"We just have to stay focused and take care of business, make the plays we're supposed to make," Boxley said. "If we do that we'll be fine."