Odessa 6A foes tame Honeybee offense

Four-game win streak snapped at hands of Odessa High, Permian

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(March 1, 2018) — A couple of foes from the largest conference in the state tamed the Stephenville offense Thursday as the Honeybees lost 6-3 to Odessa and 7-0 to Odessa Permian, both 6A, on opening day of tournament competition in Odessa. The Bees (6-5) look to bounce back at 10 and 11:15 a.m. Friday against Lubbock High and Forsan.

Stephenville managed four hits against Odessa, half of the belonging to junior shortstop Madison Gilder, who was 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and an RBI. Morgan DiCiccio and Katie Irvin also had singles.

Julia Flores was 3-for-3 against Permian, and her double was the only extra-base hit of the day for Stephenville. But the Bees couldn’t build anything around the base knocks by their senior leader. The only remaining hits by the Bees were singles by DiCiccio and Allysa Ebeling. Jettie Funderburgh drew he only walks issued by the Panther pitcher.

Permian tallied 10 hits, did not have a strikeout and strung together pair of 3-run innings against Flores. Six of the seven runs were earned, with an error accounting for the other. She managed to limit the 6A Panthers to just three hits for extra bases – all doubles – while the rest were singles.

Flores had four strikeouts and yielded four earned runs in the preceding loss to the Bronchos, but Odessa High added a pair of unearned runs thanks to three errors. Flores recorded four strikeouts in the losing effort and surrendered eight hits  – seven singles and a home run.

The Bees entered the tournament having won four straight games and were averaging 8.9 runs per game. That number dropped to a still-impressive 7.5.

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