BY RUSSELL HUFFMAN
Jettie Funderburgh’s four RBI’s were more than two more than Springtown managed in two games and Stephenville’s Honeybees made short work of the Lady Porcupines with a 12-2 run-ruled Bi-District championship victory Friday night in Graford.
Julia Flores delivered another solid performance from the circle as she struck out six batters while giving up six hits, one walk and one earned run. Stephenville’s defense was just as tight in backing up Flores and committed just one error.
Morgan DiCiccio drew a walk to start things off in the first inning and quickly stole second base to get into scoring position. A ground ball by Flores was bobbled by the Springtown defense and scored DiCiccio. Samantha Luna’s single was followed by a walk to Bianka Garcia that loaded up the bases.
Funderburgh’s first plate appearance didn’t hint at the heroics to come as she was issued a free pass and Stephenville went up 2-0. Skye Gaitan’s free ride made it 3-0 when Luna scored. Garcia made quick work of a passed ball to push the Honeybees out 4-0 and an Allysa Ebeling single scored Funderburgh for a 5-0 lead.
Stephenville picked right up where it left off in the second inning with Madison Gilder walking and advancing to second on a passed ball. Back-to-back singles from Flores (scoring Gilder) and Luna gave Funderburgh her opportunity to drive the ball and her hard-hit grounder to left field drove Flores and Luna home for an 8-0 lead.
Four more runs came in the fourth inning with Garcia singling, Allysa Ebeling bunting for a single and Funderburgh doubling for a pair of RBIs.
Luna topped Stephenville’s batting for three hits while Funderburgh netted four RBI, Flores, Luna, Garcia, and Funderburgh all had two hits each.
Check out the photos and game statistics below.
2B: Jettie Funderburgh, Skye Gaitan
TB: Jessica Ebeling, Allysa Ebeling, Julia Flores, Jettie Funderburgh 3, Skye Gaitan 3, Bianka Garcia, Madison Gilder, Samantha Luna 3
RBI: Allysa Ebeling 2, Julia Flores 2, Jettie Funderburgh 4, Skye Gaitan 2
ROE: Julia Flores
FC: Bianka Garcia
SB: Morgan DiCiccio
CS: Skye Gaitan