The Howe Bulldogs closed out the 2013 regular season at Sadler with an 8-3 win and now await their playoff schedule.
Randle Nix had a 4-for-4 night at the plate to lead the Bulldog offense, which broke open a one-run game in the sixth.
S&S had scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth, making it a 4-3 game with Howe on top.
The Bulldogs first six batters in the top of the sixth reached and triple’s by J.C.Watson and Garrett Fulenchek were the big blows in a four-run inning.
Ryan Haines had a 3-for-4 night, while Fulenchek and Watson were both 2-for-3, each with a three-bagger.
Josh Griffin scattered seven hits over his seven innings of work, giving up just two earned runs while fanning nine.
The Bulldogs wrapped the regular season with a 16-11, 10-4 record.
The good news is that Mikey Wade of Pottsboro is taking his baseball skills to the collegiate level next season.
The bad news, he got one more start against Howe.
Wade fanned 15 Bulldog batters and gave up just four hits in the Cardinals’ 9-0 win in the ‘Boro on April 19. He didn’t hurt himself at the plate either, hitting a solo home run in the first inning and a two-run jack in the fourth.
Wade, the district’s presumptive Most Valuable Player (not that we have insight on this award, we just wanted to use the word presumptive) finished his final regular season with 91 strikeouts in 41 innings of work.
In a previous start at Howe, the senior right-hander tossed a no-hitter and struck out 19.
Howe shortstop Garrett Fulenchek got two of those four hits against Wade. Catcher Zach Blevins dropped a Texas leaguer just over the first base side of the diamond to lead off the fifth. A wild pitch and a ground out to the right side by Will Brogdon moved Blevins to third, but he was stranded.
Garette Griffin singled to center field with two out in the Howe sixth inning but could not advance as Wade shut down the offense
The loss, coupled with a Whitesboro win at Tom Bean, puts Whitesboro up by one game in the battle for second place in District 11-2A play.