When Leslie Billings dove to stop the ball, crawled to first base and covered the bag with her glove, the drama was finally over.

And Stephenville was 2-1 in District 8-4A play and in prime position early in the league playoff race.

Friday's 9-8 road victory over Killeen was a thriller as Stephenville first erased a 7-6 deficit, then came close to seeing a 9-7 lead evaporate in the bottom of the seventh.

Faith Ann Hardcastle began the rally in the top of the seventh when she singled up the middle. Megan Elston followed it up with a single on a hard-hit grounder, and the Honeybees were in business with two on and no outs.

Hannah Harris drove Hardcastle home to tie the game before Haylee Fritts put Stephenville on top for good with an RBI of her own to plate Elston.

Billings ripped a double to bring home Stephenville's final score, an insurance run that proved to be the difference.

Killeen scored to pull within one and had the tying run at third with the winning run at second and two outs in the bottom of the final frame before Billings made the dramatic unassisted third out.

Billings normally starts at second for the Bees. She was only playing first because Merideth Culpepper was out to have surgery.

Katelyn Conlee struck out eight batters and issued just two walks despite battling what the home plate umpire quickly established as a narrow strike zone.

Conlee gave up just three hits, as the majority of the University runs were unearned due to errors.

"We had a lot of errors, especially early in the game," admitted head coach Kasye Richmond. "But Katelyn pitched through them and did a great job like she always does. This was a huge win for us. It was so exciting."

Conlee also joined Hardcastle and Harris in the multi-hit club as each had two base knocks at the dish.

Billings and Chrislyn Wells each had doubles for the Honeybees and Ashleigh Ballard also had a hit.

Stephenville continues 8-4A play at Waco Midway at 5 p.m. Tuesday.