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STEPHENVILLE (July 16, 2016) — It’s do or die time for Stephenville at the Texas Teenage Softball High School Eligible State Championship hosted by Stephenville City Park.
A walk-off three-run triple by second baseman Madison Gilder provided a last at-bat comeback for the Bees against Leon Friday, when they also blew out San Saba, 19-1. But Saturday morning brought a different story as Milano jumped on top 2-0 in an error-filled top of the first and led throughout a 6-2 victory over Stephenville.
It’s a double elimination tournament with the Bees facing Rice or Leon at 6 p.m. Saturday. A win would mean turning right around and competing in another elimination game at 8 p.m.
Nadine Arredondo had an RBI double and just missed on a three-run home run that would have tied the game at 4-4. She drove the Milano center fielder back to almost the fence where she reached up and snagged the ball for a long out, the third of the inning with two runners on. The Bees got a runner in scoring position in their last at bat only to get caught looking at strike three on both the second and third outs that ended the game.
Stephenville is shorthanded, as are many high school eligible teams at this time of year. Julia Flores and Sami Shaffer are playing select ball in the DFW Metroplex, while Jennie Winstead is competing in the TTAS tourney with Leon, where she has family.
The tournament is yet another example of the economic uptick seen when the park hosts such events. Hotel vacancies were scarce both Thursday and Friday, and some teams will be staying another night to play on Sunday.