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(April 21, 2015) — Stephenville was one out away from first place in the District 6-4A softball race.
But Mineral Wells did it again.
In an eerily similar ending to the first confrontation between the Honeybees and Lady Rams, Mineral Wells scored twice in the bottom of the seventh and once in the eighth to come from behind and win in extra innings Monday evening. This time, it was 6-5 Mineral Wells.
And this time, the Honeybees have no time to waste in bouncing back. Abilene Wylie visits McCleskey Field in Stephenville City Park at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. It’s senior night for the Bees, with festivities beginning shortly after 7 p.m. The junior varsity game begins at 5:30 p.m.
There were two outs and the bases were empty in the bottom of the seventh before a hit-by-pitch and two walks. A two-run bloop to shallow right field then tied the game.
The top of the seventh was also disappointing for the Bees. With the bases loaded and no outs, three consecutive strikeouts looking prevented them from extending their 5-3 lead.
Mineral Wells won the game with a walk and two singles in the bottom of the eighth, following a strikeout to begin the inning.
There straight singles by Nadine Arredondo, Sami Shaffer and Emily Miller culminated in Arredondo crossing the plate to put Stephenville on top 4-3 in the top of the fifth. The lead grew to 5-3 in the top of the seventh, when it appeared Stephenville was going to blow the game open.
Morgan Diciccio singled, part of a 3-for-5 night, and Julia Flores reached on a two-base error that put them at third and second with nobody out. Arredondo walked to load the bases, and another error brought Diciccio home and left the base paths juiced before the trio of strikeouts got Mineral Wells out of the jam.
Diciccio scored there runs for Stephenville. Shaffer was 2-for-4 with two runs driven in, and Miller also had an RBI.
The issue at the plate for the Honeybees was strikeouts – 15 of them including the big ones to close out the top of the seventh.