The Howe Lady Bulldogs held off a seventh inning charge in Whitewright and came away with a 7-6 win over the Lady Tigers on March 5.
Peyton Tinney launched a two-run homer and had two more hits in the Howe win, while Madisyn Hargrove fanned two batters with the bases loaded in the seventh inning to end Whitewright’s hopes.
The Lady Tigers were leading 2-0 going into the fourth inning before Howe got back-to-back doubles by Tinney and Kayla Anderson to cut the lead in half.
Howe took the lead in the sixth inning as Jaida Upchurch singled before Tinney went yard on Whitewright pitcher Tucker Caraway.
Anderson walked following Tinney’s shot, swiped second and advanced to third on a ground out by Allison Streetman. Anderson scored on a ground out to second by Makenzie Duffee to put the visitors on top, 4-2.
Howe added three more runs in the top half of the seventh as Hargove singled with one out and Upchurch collected her second hit of the game with a two-out single. Tinney reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases and Hargrove stole home and the other two Howe runners moved up on the play.
Anderson singled to drive in Upchurch and Tinney came home on the throw to second which nipped Anderson to end the inning.
Whitewright scored four runs in the bottom half of the seventh before Hargrove got back into her groove, fanning Cate and Melichar to end the game.
Winner, Hargrove, Loser Caraway
2B- Tinney, Anderson. HR, Tinney
Tom Bean 7, Howe 3
The Lady Bulldogs’ spring break trip to Tom Bean on March 10 was detoured by road construction and the hard hitting of Caroline Henderson as the Lady Cats prevailed, 7-3
After a one-out infield hit in the bottom half of the first inning Henderson sent a shot over the wall in center field to put Tom Bean on top 2-0.
Howe could not capitalize on a double by Jaida Upchurch in its half of the first inning, and Tom Bean pitcher Annie Bailey retired six consecutive batters before Emily Sanders rapped a leadoff single to left field in the Howe fourth inning.
The Lady Cats added an unearned run in the second inning, and a Henderson triple in the third led to a two-run inning.
Trailing 7-0, Howe put together a rally in the sixth inning as Upchurch and Peyton Tinney connected with back-to-back singles. A triple to the right field wall by Kayla Anderson drove in Upchurch and Tinney and Anderson scored on a wild pitch.
The loss was particularly tough for Tinney, who had played for the Lady Cats as a freshman before transferring to Howe.
“I really wanted to play well on this field in front of some of the players that I knew but it just didn’t happen,” she said. “I think I put too much pressure on myself and never felt comfortable at the plate.”
Howe 6, Whitesboro 5
Any plans the Whitesboro Lady Bearcats had of running the table in District 11-2A softball were flushed with a 6-5 win by the Lady Bulldogs at home on a sunny March 11 afternoon.
Whitesboro came into the contest a perfect 4-0 in league play, and junior pitcher Katie Dean had been cruising in the circle all season.
Howe freshman catcher Dani Ross was not impressed. She stroked a first inning, one-out triple to the gap in right center and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jaida Upchurch. Peyton Tinney tripled down the right field line but was stranded at third.
Whitesboro had scored a pair of runs in the top half of the first, and after Ross’ score the visitors were holding a 2-1 lead.
The Lady Bulldogs took the lead in their half of the second, scoring three runs in the frame. Allison Streetman was hit by a pitch to open the inning and replaced by courtesy runner Hunter Brockelman. Madisyn Hargrove singled to center field, moving Brockelman to third.
After Hargrove swiped second, Emily Sanders doubled with two outs, scoring Brockelman and Hargrove. Sanders later scored on a Whitesboro error.
The visitors came back to take a 5-4 lead, but Howe rallied again to tie the contest at 5-5 and that’s where it stood going into the bottom half of the seventh inning.
With one out, Upchurch singled to right field and was moved to second on a ground out by Tinney. With two outs, Kayla Anderson came up with the walk-off hit, a single to right,scoring Upchurch with the winning run.
Streetman came on in relief of Hargrove in the fifth inning and shut out the Lady Cats over the final three innings.