By BRAD KEITH
(April 6, 2016) — Julia Flores retired 20 of the last 21 batters she faced and allowed only two hits as Stephenville (20-7, 4-0) stayed hot and remained alone in first place in the 6-4A softball race with a 4-1 win at Graham Tuesday.
Flores struck out seven batters, and both hits off her came in the first inning. She allowed a double and an RBI single, but that was it other than one walk midway through the game. The sophomore is 20-7, earning the decision in every game the Honeybees have played. She’s led them to wins in 19 of their last 21 games.
Stephenville climbed out of the early 1-0 hole with three runs in the top of the third. Madison Gilder unloaded a two-run single to right that ultimately stood as the game winner. Jessica Howell had been hit by a pitch before a Morgan DiCiccio single and each advanced on a passed ball to set the stage for Gilder.
Flores singled to left to bring in Gilder for an insurance run, and the 3-1 margin held until the sixth inning when Nadine Arredondo doubled to center, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Emily Miller.
Diciccio finished 2-for-3 at the plate while Gilder, Flores, Arredondo and Miller were each 1-for-3.
Stephenville has completed its first loop through 6-4A and faces each team once more beginning with a road trip to Brownwood on Friday. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.