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Howe Baseball Faces Critical Road Games in Playoff Race

Leader Photo by Jack Walker Coach Jason Brogdon huddles with his players during a break in the action.
Leader Photo by Jack Walker Coach Jason Brogdon huddles with his players during a break in the action.
Leader Photo by Jack Walker Will Brogdon heading for home plate.
Leader Photo by Jack Walker Will Brogdon heading for home plate.

Another senior night affair took place at the Howe baseball field as Garette Griffin, Ryan Haines, Cody Thurman and C.J.Watson called it a career Tuesday night.

Howe’s remaining two games are road trips to Pottsboro and S&S, and both are critical games in the playoff chase. The Bulldogs are currently tied with Whitesboro for second place in District 11-2A.

Howe pulled off another run-rule win, beating the Bells Panthers, 11-1. Ryan Haines was just a single short of hitting for the cycle in the contest and his two-run jack over the left field wall got the festivities rolling.

The Bulldogs piled it on in the bottom of the second, scoring five runs on singles by Will Brogdon, Blake Smith, Randle Nix and a two-RBI double by Haines.

Nix went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and Haines collected a triple in the fifth.

Howe 9,

Callisburg 4

The Howe Bulldogs got back on the winning side of the scoreboard April 12 in Callisburg, keeping the Wildcats winless in District 11-2A play with a 9-4 decision.

Things didn’t start out so well for the Dog’s as Callisburg parlayed three infield hits and a passed ball into a three-run first inning to take the early lead.

Howe threatened in the top half of the third, loading the bases with one out before coming up empty. The Bulldogs finally got the offense cooking in the fourth as Easton Ross reached on an error to open the frame. Zach Blevins singled and Ross scored on another Callisburg error following a single by Tanner Ford, who was making his first varsity start of the season. Josh Griffin singled to right field to load the bases and a walk to Ryan Haines scored Blevins.

After giving up a run in the bottom half of the fourth, Howe put the pedal down in the sixth and seventh innings to break open the game.

Back-to-back singles by Cody Thurman and Quinton Harris opened the sixth before the Bulldogs went on a doubles spree. Two-baggers by Randle Nix, Garette Griffin and Garrett Fulenchek opened the floodgates as Howe took a 5-4 lead.

Things went further south for the Wildcats in the seventh as Howe scored four times in a two-out rally. Blevins and Ake reached to start the inning and a ground out to the right side moved both to scoring position. Harris hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Blevins, then the doubles parade made a return visit.

Nix and Haines both hit RBI doubles and Fulenchek drove in the ninth run of the game with his fourth hit of the contest.

Thurman picked up the win in relief of Griffin Underwood, giving up one run while striking out six over the final four innings.

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