It was an up and down day for the Stephenville Yellow Jackets Friday as they split the first two games of a three game series in the 4A Region 1 area round of the Texas state baseball playoffs.
Game one was a gem for the most part by the Jackets as a whole as they took care of business and defeated Venus 6-4.
The Jackets got off to a hot start as Bradley Morrison drove in two runs on a double in the first inning to give Stephenville and their ace pitcher Maddux Conger a lead to protect.
Stephenville got another boost in the second inning when Cole Harmon and Ben Martin were on base and slugger Brock Morrison stepped up to the plate. Morrison worked the count and then drove a ball well over the left field fence for a three-run home run to add to another run that was scored in the inning to increase the Jackets lead to six.
That proved to be enough for the Jackets, even though Venus put together several runs late in the game to make things interesting.
Game two was a strange occurrence of events, that for the most part didnít go the Jackets way, throughout the first few innings.
The Bulldogs got on the board after a line drive was sent out to center field and a catch appeared to be made by Maddux Conger. However, after making the catch, the umpires rules that Conger had lost control of the ball which resulted in a a triple for Venus. They later scored the first run of the contest on a passed ball.
The Jackets however would go on to top the strangeness in the way they scored their first run and tied the game.
After the Jackets successfully pulled off a double steal to put runners at second and third, Sam Weber then hit a pop fly into foul territory which resulted in an out. In the madness of the pop out, the Venus catcher left home plate leaving it vacant and Brock Morrison tagged up and crossed home plate - about 20 yards away from where the initial out was made.
It was an uphill climb from then on out for Stephenville.
Venus went on to score several runs late in the game and ultimately defeated Stephenville 5-2.
With the series tied, the two teams will face off tomorrow at noon in Graford for a spot in the Region 1 semifinal against either Graham or Decatur.