The Howe Bulldogs had to work overtime on March 25 in Pottsboro but they got the job done with a 5-3,10-inning win over the Cardinals.
After Howe had built up a 3-0 lead with runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings, the Cardinals came back to forge a tie in the sixth. Pottsboro scored three unearned runs in the inning on a pair of walks, a wild pitch and a Bulldog error.
Garrett Fulenchek worked seven innings, striking out 10 and giving up just one hit.
Tied going to the top of the 10th, Zach Blevins tapped a leadoff single. With two out, Stratton Carroll hit a single, moving Blevins to third. After Randle Nix walked, Easton Ross’ third hit of the contest drove in Blevins to give Howe a one-run edge. A walk to Fulenchek allowed Carroll to score an insurance run.
Griffin Underwood, who had come on in relief in the eighth inning, worked around a one-out walk in the bottom of the 10th to get the victory.
Ross had four hits in the contest, including a pair of doubles. Blevins and Carroll each had two hits.
The Bulldogs travel to Sadler Friday night, taking on the Rams to complete the first half of district play.
Howe)13-3-1)(6-0) WP: Griffin Underwood.
2b-Easton Ross (2)
Howe 17, Bells 3 (5)
While the Lady Bulldogs were going through their tough loss down the road, Howe baseball was in great shape on the home field as it punched out a 17-3 win over Bells to keep the district slate clean at 5-0.
The Bulldogs have won five straight, seven of their last eight and right now they are playing as well as any team in the area.
Right now, Bells couldn’t play dead in a western, as my good friend Willie Nelson once said.
Josh Griffin scattered five hits while striking out seven to get the run-rule win. Garrett Fulenchek was 3-for-3 at the plate with a walk, while Quinton Harris and Randle Nix each had a pair of hits.
Howe wasted no time in getting the carnage started as Nix led off with a single and scored on a Bells error. Easton Ross reached on that error and was driven in by an RBI single off the bat of Fulenchek. Harris doubled, followed by a single by Caleb Ake that drove in Fulenchek. Harris scored on a ground out by Zach Blevins, giving Howe a 4-0 lead.
The Bulldogs put a six-spot on the board in the second inning, keyed by a three-run homer by Fulenchek. Harris was hit by a pitch, one of three Bullldog batters plunked on this day, and after a walk to Ake, Harris scored on a single by Blevins. Josh Griffin was hit by a pitch, the second time in the game for him, and Blevins scored on another Bells miscue.
Howe sent 11 batters to the dish in the third inning and most of those walked in the frame. Bells gave up five walks and another hit batter (Griffin) in the inning and the Bulldogs were up 17-1.
The visitors scored a couple of runs in the top half of the fifth, not enough to threaten the run-rule as the Bulldogs finished off win number 12 for the year.
The Bulldogs will have a tough test in Pottsboro before traveling to Sadler to play S&S on March 28.
WP; Josh Griffin
HR-Garrett Fulenchek, 2b-Quinton Harris.