Honeybees amass 33 runs in bi-district sweep

Brownwood or Burkburnett loom in area round

Morgan DiCiccio drove in five runs Monday, four of them with triple and single in the third inning. || Flash media library

Flash Staff Report

LUBBOCK (April 28, 2019) — Morgan DiCiccio drove in our runs and four other Stephenville (25-4) hitters drove in two each as the Honeybees cruised to a 17-7 win over Springtown (14-18) at Hawley High School Friday, completing a two-game sweep in the best-of-three Region I-4A softball series.

Stephenville faces Brownwood (25-5) or Burkburnett (23-8) in what promises to be a heavyweight tilt in the area round next week. Their bi-district series is heard to a decisive game three after Burkburnett took game one, 4-1, before Brownwood responded with a Cheyanne Ellett no hitter in a 1-0 game two win.

DiCiccio had a triple and a double on her way to a 3-for-4 performance at the plate. The sophomore short stop also drew a walk and scored three runs.

Nadine Arredondo was 4-for-5 as the Honeybees amassed 18 hits. She missed a home run by just a few feet on a double on her way to a pair of RBI and three runs scored. Jessica Howell was 3-fo-r3 with an RBI and three runs and Jessica Ebeling was 2-for-4 with a run. Kenadee Richards drove in two runs with a double.


Bianca Garcia made a rare start in the circle because the injury this week to star Julia Flores. Head coach Rus Mayes did not initially rule Flores out for the weekend, but she did not play and he has not commented on her availability next week.

Garcia tossed 5.2 innings, allowing two earned runs – five total – on eight hits while striking out five and walking three. She earned the game two win while Skye Gaitan recorded the final out a day after starting and earning the game one win.

Stephenville jumped ahead 8-0 in game one, then held off Springtown for a wild 16-11 win.

Arredondo jacked her 12th home run of the season as part of a 3-for-4 night with five RBI in game one, then traveled from Stephenville to Lubbock for the Region I-4A Track and Field Meet, where placed second to qualify for state in girls discus Friday morning. The next leg of travel took her from Lubbock to Hawley where she unloaded another four hits to help seal up the softball series. Arredondo is now safely back in Lubbock and is scheduled to compete in girls shot put at the track regional at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Jessica Howell had an early 3-run homer in game one, and the Stephenville bats never let up. They haven’t let up much at all this season, with the bi-district series pushing their team batting average up eight points to .412. Howell matched Flores with six home runs on the year, and Arredondo’s bomb was the team’s 30th homer. The Bees average a gaudy 10.7 runs per game following the series. They averaged 10.3 entering the playoffs.



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