The Howe Lady Bulldogs put an end to their two-game losing streak in Pottsboro, pounding the Lady Cardinals 20-4 in a three-inning, run-rule win on March 25.
That victory gets the team off to a positive start for the second half of District 11-2A play.
Jaida Upchurch drove in five runs, doubling twice in the contest in her four trips to the plate.
Freshman Madisyn Hargrove picked up the win from the circle, giving up no earned runs while striking out four in her three innings of work. Hargrove also had a home run in the contest, with a 3-for-3 night at the dish.
Peyton Tinney had a pair of doubles and drove in two runs in the contest, and Kayla Anderson went 3-for-3 in the game, as well.
The Lady Bulldogs will host league-leading Whitewright Friday night, and the Lady Tigers will be looking for payback for Howe’s 7-6 win at their place on March 4.
Howe (17-5)(5-3) WP Madisyn Hargrove
HR-Hargrove, 2b-Jaida Upchurch (2), Peyton Tinney (2) Anderson.
Callisburg 4, Howe 1
On some nights, your team plays really well and on others, the breaks just don’t come your way.
The Howe Lady Bulldogs went through one of those stretches after falling to Bells to wrap up the first half of the district schedule.
Bells came to town looking to pull off the upset and they got it, winning 4-1 and sending the Lady Bulldogs to their third defeat in the district season.
I personally am blaming it all on the officious voice of Siri, which is being used for player introductions at the field.
The Lady Bulldogs got off to a good start, hitting the ball hard in the first inning,but getting nothing to show for those efforts. Dani Ross sent a one-out shot to center field that looked good off the bat, but wound up being the second out of the inning when the Bells fielder came up with the catch.
Senior shortstop Jaida Upchurch doubled to the gap in right center, however, Bells’ pitcher Ellen Richards got Peyton Tinney on a ground out to second to end the threat.
Bells had banged out two singles in the top half of the first and two more singles came off the Bells bats in the second, but there was no scoreboard damage as the Lady Bulldogs were dodging the bullets.
Kayla Anderson continued her hot hitting, dumping a shot down the line in right field. Anderson legged the soft hit into a triple with no outs.
Bells committed its only error of the game as the catcher tried to pick Anderson off, but the throw wound up in left field and Anderson wound up in the Howe dugout with a 1-0 lead on the board. Bradi Slawson reached on a bunt hit with two out in the inning, but was caught stealing to leave the count, 1-0.
Allison Streetman was working from the circle for Howe, and after struggling with her control in the first two innings settled down in the third. With help from the defense, the Lady Panthers went down 1-2-3,
A walk in the Bells fourth came back to haunt the Lady Bulldogs, as they often do, as Richards followed with a single to left. Makenzi Davis doubled down the left field line to plate two and give the visitors a 2-1 lead.
With Madisyn Hargrove taking over the pitching duties for Howe in the top of the fifth, Bells added to its lead with a pair of well-placed hits.
Trailing 4-1, Howe hoped to repeat its comeback success from the Whitesboro game and Hargrove got them off to a good start in the bottom of the fifth. Her shot to the gap in left center was a no-doubt double and she arrived safely at second. In that situation, every coach in the world will say — and Howe’s did — freeze on line-drives. When the ball came off the bat of Slawson, everybody in the park, including Siri, was thinking, Hargrove’s gonna score. The ball was caught at second and the Bells player caught Hargrove by a step to complete the double-play.
That pretty much did it for the Lady Bulldogs. Upchurch got her second hit of the game, singling to right in the sixth, but Richards retired the next five hitters to come up with the win.
After a trip to Pottsboro, Howe will host league-leading Whitewright on Friday, looking for another upset win over the Lady Tigers.