The Howe Bulldogs got their regular season underway on Feb. 18, traveling to Pattonville Prairiland and coming home with a 6-3 win over the Patriots.
Quinton Harris was the offensive star of the night, going 3-for-4 at the plate with a home run and two singles. Harris knocked in five runs in the contest.
Garrett Fulenchek worked five innings to get the win, giving up just two earned runs and striking out eight. Matt Griffin came in to get the save, closing out the last two innings with no earned runs and two strikeouts.
The Bulldogs host Commerce Friday night with a 5 p.m. first pitch.
Howe 10, Trenton 2
The Howe Bulldogs wrapped up the scrimmage portion of their 2014 baseball season with a 10-2 win over Trenton in a five-inning contest at Howe on Feb. 15.
The visitors scored first as the Tigers’ leadoff hitter was late on a Garrett Fulenchek pitch and sliced it into the right field corner for a triple.
After Howe’s big righty had fanned two, a throwing error allowed in a run.
In two innings of work Fulenchek struck out six, gave up two hits and walked a batter before his day’s work on the mound was done.
Quinton Harris slapped a single back up the middle with one out in the bottom half of the first, swiped second base and scored on an infield hit by Bryce Mosier.
Howe took the lead in the second inning as Josh Griffin reached on a fielder’s choice and was replaced by courtesy runner Zach Blevins. After swiping second, Blevins came home on an RBI single by Brady Smith
After a walk to Cole Stracener loaded the bases, Smith scored on a single by Matt Griffin to give Howe a 3-1 lead.
Josh Griffin took over the bump in the Trenton half of the third, but walks and wild pitches allowed another Tiger run before Griffin fanned a pair to get out of the jam.
Leading off the Howe half of the fourth, Fulenchek got all of a hanging pitch and deposited it over the left-field fence to ignite a seven-run inning.
Singles by Mosier and Tanner Ford set the table for Josh Griffin who helped his cause by knocking in a pair of runs with a single to left.
After Tanner Stubblefield had walked to load the bases, Matt Griffin drove in a couple with a single to bump the score to 10-2.
Lefty Randle Nix gave up a leadoff single in the Trenton fifth, then retired the next three hitters to preserve the win.