The Howe Lady Bulldogs grabbed a share of first place in District 11-2A softball with a 5-2 win over S&S at home on March 12.
Their 4-1 record leaves them tied with Whitewright and Whitesboro in the early stages of district play. This game was originally scheduled for March 1; however, weather forced the postponement.
Coming after a walk-off win over unbeaten Whitesboro the previous day, this could have been a trap game for the Lady Bulldogs but they continued their roll. Emily Sanders singled to open the bottom half of the first inning and promptly swiped second base. Sanders moved to third on a passed ball and scored on another Lady Ram error.
After the visitors had scored twice in the top of the third, Howe came back with a four-run rally in the bottom half to reclaim the lead.
Christina Counts doubled to open the frame and Sanders reached on an S&S error, while Dani Ross singled to drive in Counts and Sanders. Jaida Upchurch walked to keep the offense alive, and Peyton Tinney singled to load the bases. Ross scored on a steal of home to bump the Howe lead to 4-2.
Allison Streetman reached on a fielder’s choice play that erased Upchurch but moved Tinney to third, who scored the final run of the inning on another S&S bobble.
Tinney led the hit parade, going 3-for-4, while Ross and Sanders both had 2-for-4 days at the plate
Streetman shut down the visitors over the final four innings, finishing with eight strikeouts and five hits to give Howe the win and a one-third share of first place.
WP Streetman, 2b Counts, 3b Uphurch
Callisburg 7, Howe 1
The Callisburg Lady Wildcats exploded for three runs each in the third and fourth innings on their way to a 7-1 win at Howe on March 18.
The Lady Bulldogs could only manage four hits off of Callisburg’s pitcher, two each by Peyton Tinney and Kayla Anderson.
Trailing 7-0, Tinney singled in the bottom of the fourth inning, followed by a single from Anderson. Allison Streetman grounded out to advance both runners and Tinney scored on a ground out by Madisyn Hargrove.
Tinney reached on an error in the sixth and went all the way to third on the miscue. She scored on a ground-out by Anderson.
The Lady Bulldogs will try to get back on the winning track Friday night as they host the Bells Panthers.
Howe (16-4) (4-2)
Leader Photo Courtesy of Christy Lee
Howe’s Peyton Tinney comes around to score.