BY RUSSELL HUFFMAN
Stephenville struck for eight runs over the first four innings and never looked back in winning its third straight District 8-4A contest 8-4 in Alvarado Saturday.
Trevor Easter got things rolling for the Yellow Jackets with a sacrifice fly that scored Tyeler Reed who reached base via a walk. Stephenville proved very patient at the plate with Gage Graham and Gabe Moore also earning walks.
Easter and Graham keep Stephenville rolling in the second inning and quickly got into a bases-loaded situation. Klay Krause’s walk was followed by Kade Averoff’s sacrifice fly that was bobbled allowing him to reach first base. Krause stole third base and put himself in position to score when Graham hit a grounder for a single.
Reed then got to first due to an error on the Indians’ defense and a Derek Gifford walk loaded the bases.
Graham scored on a wild pitch, and a grounder by Easter left enough room for Easter and Reed to reach home plate for a 5-0 lead.
The Indians managed to rally three runs against Yellow Jacket pitcher Mason Castleberry who went four innings allowing four runs and striking out five batters.
In the fourth inning, Graham made it 6-3 when he cracked big triple that scored Cade Dunavent who had been earlier hit by a pitch to reach first base.
Stephenville loaded up the bases again in the 5th inning with Moore drawing a walk, Averhoff singled, and Averhoff’s single allowed Moore to score on the throw home. Trace Morrison then was hit by a pitch to load things up for Stephenville. A watchful Dunavent pulled out a walk and scored Averhoff.
Daniel Luna came to the mound in relief in the sixth inning striking out seven and issuing only one walk as the Jackets were able to go to cruise control the remainder of the way.
Easter’s three RBIs led Stephenville’s batting while Graham had two.
Stephenville returns home Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game against Godley at James T. Young Field. More statistics and photos from the contest are below.