'Jacket offense explodes at Crowley tournament

Phil Riddle phil.riddle@empiretribune.com Twitter @ETSports
Stephenville's Josh Bulla leaps back to first base in front of a pick-off attempt during Friday's 16-4 win over Denton at the Crowley tournament.

The weekend Crowley Baseball Tournament was a chance for the Yellow Jackets to get in some innings, especially since the weather has been so stingy with playing time of late.

The Yellow Jackets ripped 31 hits in their first three games at the event, winning two by blowouts.

After taking a 10-1 win over Joshua then slipping to Trinity Christian of Addison 4-3, Stephenville opened its Friday schedule with a 17-hit eruption and dumped Denton 16-4 in four innings.

Denton got on the board first, scooting to a 4-0 advantage in the top of the first, but that would be all the offense the Eagles would muster.

The Yellow Jackets racked up five runs in the first and third frames, sandwiched around a 6-run burst in the second.

Every batter in the SHS lineup had at least one hit against Denton. Ben Martin led the attack with three hits in four plate appearances, including a lead-off double in the bottom of the first. Winning pitcher Maddux Conger was 2-for-2, Josh Bulla, also perfect in two official at-bats, finished the game with a pair of RBI and three runs scored.

Bradley Morrison, Sam Weber and Kaegun Williams each rapped two hits and Williams drove in three runs.

Conger pitched three innings, fanning nine, walking six and allowing two earned runs. He was relieved in the fourth by Caleb Gibbons, who struck out two and shut out Denton.

Facing host Crowley in Friday’s 8 p.m. nightcap, the Yellow Jackets fell a run short, 9-8.

Brock Morrison drove in three runs and scored once in a 2-for-4 effort. Williams added two hits and an RBI in three at-bats.

Starter Alex Jimenez lasted five innings, gave up six hits and five runs while setting down two on strikes.

Bradley Morrison, who pitched the last inning and a third, walked one, allowed two hits and four runs.