Senior Kristen Pettit has been voted Designated Player/Utility Player of the Year and four other Stephenville High School Honeybees landed first-team all-District 8-4A softball honors for the 2018 season.
The first-team selections for the Honeybees are seniors Julia Flores and Morgan DiCiccio along with juniors Madison Gilder and Jessica Ebeling. This marks the fourth straight year on the all-district team for both DiCiccio and Flores, who was Newcomer of the Year as a freshman and Pitcher of the Year in both 2016 and 2017.
Second-team all-district honors were earned by senior Samantha Luna, along with junior Skye Gaitan.
Honorable mention went to juniors Bianka Garcia and Jettie Funderburgn, plus freshman Katy McIrvin. Garcia led SHS in home runs, with five.
Pettit batted .348, scored 23 runs and drove in six runs on the season.
Flores had captured Pitcher of the Year honors following her sophomore and junior seasons for coach Rus Mayes Honeybees. This marked the second consecutive season that DiCiccio and Gilder have been first-team all-district choices by vote of the coaches. Luna had been on all-district first team last year, and Garcia was on the 2017 second team.
Both DiCiccio and Flores were early college scholarship signees. DiCiccio is headed to Cisco College, while Flores will be playing for East Texas Baptist University.
DiCiccio posted a .421 batting average as a senior, led the team with 44 runs scored and drove in 29 runs.
Flores recorded 74 pitching victories during her career with the Honeybees. This past season, she was 17-14 with a 2.58 earned-run average, and had the top batting average among the SHS regulars, at .472. She struck out 181 batters in 181 1/3 innings and walked just 34. She also hit three home runs and was second on the team with 35 runs scored.
Jessica Ebeling hit .315 with 11 RBI and 20 runs scored. Gilder batted .302 while driving in 20 runs and scoring 28 times.
Mayes’ Honeybees were 22-15-1 overall in 2018. They took third place in the district standings, then swept Springtown in the bi-district round of the playoffs, 2 games to none. After opening their best-of-three area playoff series with a win over Graham, the Honeybees saw their season end when they dropped the next two games. Mayes is losing five seniors — Allysa Ebeling and Savanna Hastings, along with Pettis, Flores and DiCiccio.