Seven different Honeybees had hits and eight scored runs as Stephenville announced with authority its plans of contending for the District 7-3A softball title Tuesday evening.
The Honeybees scored six runs in the top of the second and cruised past reigning district champ Hillsboro 10-4 on the road.
Ashlynn Mayfield led the way at the plate, going 2-for-5 with a pair of RBIs and a run. Madi Crew also drove in two runs while Mayela Davalos and Sami Shaffer each had triples.
The Honeybees were out-hit 13-8 and survived three errors in the field.
A dropped third strike, a sacrifice, an infield single and a walk loaded the bases with one out in the top of the second. Madi Crew scored Stephenville's first run on a passed ball, then Sierra Varnado walked to load the bases again. Davalos hit into a fielder's choice that resulted in an out at the plate, but courtesy runner Chelsea Baggett scored on a single by Mayfield.
Haylee Fritts made it 3-1, hitting into a fielder's choice that produced no outs and scored Varnado. Wells walked to bring in Davalos, and Crew singled to center field to plate Mayfield and Fritts for the commanding 6-0 lead.
The Bees padded their lead in the third. Baggett laid down a bunt single and reached second on a ground out by Varnado. She scored on Davalos' triple to right field, then Mayfield brought Davalos home with a single to center.
Shaffer began the seventh the way Davalos started the third - with a fly ball triple to right. Shaffer scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of Kali Smith, who reached second on a throwing error, stole third and put the final run on the board on a single by Hannah Harris.
Ciara Dittfurth went the distance on the mound yet again for Stephenville. Only two of Hillsboro's runs were earned.
The Bees host Venus on Friday. First pitch at Stephenville City Park's McCleskey Field is set for 7 p.m.