The Howe Lady Bulldogs scored in each of the first five innings and pitcher Allison Streetman blanked the visiting Van Alstyne Lady Panthers, 10-0, in a non-district game on Feb. 17.
Streetman retired the first seven batters she faced before Reagan Reece lined a one-out double to the gap in right-center. After Cheyenne Goodenow sacrificed Reece to third, Streetman got the final out to end the Lady Panthers’ most serious threat.
After an infield hit and two walks loaded the bases in the Howe half of the first inning, Bradi Slawson hit a two-RBI double to left, giving Howe an early 2-0 lead. Slawson ended the day with three hits and four RBI.
Walks continued to be a problem for the Lady Panthers as Streetman singled home Dani Ross with a run in the second, following a pair of walks. Kayla Anderson, fresh off the Lady Bulldog basketball team, singled to open the Howe third inning and moved all the way to third on a Van Alsyne miscue. Anderson scored on Slawson’s second hit of the afternoon.
Ross opened the Lady Bulldog fourth inning with an infield hit and moved to third on a ground out to the right side. Ross scored on the Lady Panthers’ second error of the contest,pushing the Howe lead to 5-0.
Streetman was dealing from the circle for the Lady Bulldogs. The only Van Alstyne base runner following Reece’s hit was Ashley Burts who was hit by a pitch to open the Van Alstyne fifth inning. Burts was caught stealing on a strike-em-out, throw-em-out double play.
Anderson tripled to lead off the Lady Bulldog fifth inning. Slawson picked up her fourth RBI of the game, grounding out to Reece at second to bring home Anderson.
Hunter Brockelman tripled to the wall in center field and scored on a Van Alstyne error.
Both teams will have five games guaranteed in this weekend’s GCEC Lady Panther Softball Classic played at Forrest Moore Park.