Lady Bulldogs Continue to Roll Through District

Brian GossetStaff Writer

The Howe Lady Bulldogs continue to dominate District 10-3A after blowing past Callisburg 11-4 Tuesday night and Pottsboro 8-0 on Monday. They improved to 5-5 overall and 4-1 in district play.

Howe 11, Callisburg 4

Madisyn Hargrove had a good night, to say the least, leading at the plate and from the mound.

The sophomore phenomenon threw a complete game with eight strikeouts and helped her cause by going 2-for-4 with a double and triple and four RBI from the plate. She allowed five hits and four unearned runs in the first three innings, three in the third as Callisburg took a 4-1 lead. Howe scored five in the third, bringing 13 batters to the plate.

Erin Blackburn and Peyton Streetman began the inning with singles, and thanks to a couple of errors, Blackburn came across to score. Streetman and Peyton Tinney also crossed the plate before Kayla Anderson doubled in Torrey Stubblefield. Dani Ross, who finished 3-for-4, drove in Anderson to give Howe a 6-4 advantage.

Blackburn homered in the fourth and Hargrove cleared the bases with a three-run triple in the sixth.

Over her last three starts, Hargrove (3-2) has been lights out, pitching 19 innings, allowing 11 hits and striking out 18. She’s given up just one earned run for a 0.47 ERA.

Stats:

Hits: Ross 3, Stubblefield 3, Hargrove 2, Streetman 2, Blackburn 2

Total Bases: Blackburn 5, Hargrove 5, Ross 3, Streetman 2, Stubblefield 2, Anderson 2, Tinney

RBI: Hargrove 4, Stubblefield 3, Blackburn, Anderson, Ross

2B: Anderson, Hargrove

3B: Hargrove

HR: Blackburn

SB: Streetman

Howe 8, Pottsboro 0

A plethora of emotions played out Monday night against Pottsboro. Head Coach Jennifer Sluder, who led Howe to a playoff appearance just a season ago, was now sitting in the opposite dugout. Howe was also hosting its first home game on its brand new field.

Despite all of that, the Lady Bulldogs dominated start to finish, thanks to Stubblefield’s 12 strikeouts. She threw a one-hit shutout and added two hits from the plate.

“I was very comfortable on the mound and playing on our new field, and doing as well as we did just made the experience great,” she said.

The Lady Bulldogs scored in each of the first four innings. Tinney doubled to right, bringing in Streetman and Anderson drove in Tinney for the early 2-0 lead. Christina Counts singled and found home plate in the second and Ross had an RBI-triple; Counts RBI-double and Hargrove RBI-single in the third.

“I loved playing against coach Sluder again. She was a great coach my freshman year and led us to the playoffs. It was tough rivalry before the game even started because the whole team wanted to beat them so badly,” Ross said. “We played very well as a team.”

Anderson drove in her second run in the fourth and Hunter Brockelman brought in Anderson for the 8-0 advantage.

“It felt great to finally play on our home field. We were all really excited to get to play on our own dirt,” Anderson said.

“Playing on the new field was very exciting. It got us even more pumped that we finally got to play on it,” Hargrove added. “It felt great finally having our hometown there watching us throughout the game.”

Before the game, both squads came together and released red and blue balloons to honor the softball athletes from North Central Texas College, who tragically lost their lives in a fatal car crash last Fall.

Stats:

Hits: Stubblefield 2, Counts 2, Tinney 2, Streetman 2

Total Bases: Ross 3, Tinney 3, Counts 3, Streetman 2, Payton Griffin 2, Stubblefield 2, Blackburn, Anderson, Hargrove

RBI: Anderson 2, Ross, Tinney, Hargrove, Brockelman, Counts

2B: Tinney, Counts, Griffin

3B: Ross

SB: Blackburn 2, Streetman, Anderson, Tinney, Counts

Next Up:

vs Ponder, Friday 6:30 p.m.

at Whitesboro, Tuesday 6:30 p.m.