With first baseman Kayla Anderson out with the flu and a couple of players battling the bug, the Lady Bulldogs dropped a 9-3 decision in Whitesboro on April 8.
The Lady Bulldogs got off to a good start, scoring two runs in the first inning. Peyton Tinney and Madisyn Hargrove singled to open the rally, then Allison Streetman lashed a double to drive in Tinney and Hargrove for a 2-0 lead.
The Lady Bearcats came back to tie the game with two runs in the third, added three in the fourth and salted the game away by scoring four runs in the last two frames.
Howe added a run in the sixth as Dani Ross singled and scored on a double by Tinney.
The Lady Bulldogs continue their road trip with a Friday game in Callisburg.
Howe 9, Tom Bean 6
The Howe Lady Bulldogs threw the brakes on a two-game losing streak on April 5 at home with a come-from-behind 9-6 win over Tom Bean.
In a game honoring seniors Michaela Bledsoe, Makenzie Duffee and Jaida Upchurch, Howe got some payback for a 7-3 loss to the Lady Cats earlier in the season.
For every shot the visitors fired, Howe had the answer, and in the bottom half of the sixth it scored three runs to break open the contest.
Tom Bean junior Caroline Henderson doubled to drive in a run in the top half of the first inning, but the Lady Bulldogs responded. A leadoff triple by Emily Sanders served early notice that the Howe bats were going to respond. Dani Ross beat out an infield hit and a walk to Upchurch loaded the bases. Peyton Tinney hit a line shot that hit the Tom Bean third baseman and Sanders scored on that hit. A walk to Madisyn Hargrove brought home Ross and the Lady Bulldogs were on top, 2-1.
This was going to be a slugfest and Tom Bean collected a pair of runs on two infield hits and a Howe error to jump back ahead, 3-2.
The see-saw games continued in the bottom half of the second as Hunter Brockelman reached on a Tom Bean error and after Sanders walked, both players moved up on a double- steal. With one out, Upchurch walked to load the bases and a double down the right field line by Tinney plated two runs to give Howe a 4-3 lead.
In the top half of the third, Sanders in centerfield made the first two put outs, the second coming on an outstanding catch at the fence.
Tom Bean tied the game in the fourth, using a pair of singles and a walk to push across a run
The Lady Cats went ahead in the fifth as Henderson stroked her second double of the game and Annie Bailey drove her in with a Texas leaguer to center. Bailey scored on a force play at second and the Lady Cats were up, 6-4.
In the Howe half of the fifth, Bailey had gotten a pair of strikeouts to open the inning and all the momentum was on the visitors side.
Hargrove lashed a double to the gap in left center and Allison Streetman traded places with a double that brought home Hargrove. The Lady Bulldogs continued to play the doubles game as Duffee, on her first trip to the plate in the game, sent a shot down the left field line for a two-bagger that scored Christina Counts, the courtesy runner for Streetman. Duffee’s hit tied the game at 6-6.
Hargrove had taken over the pitching duties in the fourth inning and after giving up a pair of hits in that frame, she was pretty much unhittable for the remainder of the contest. She struck out the side in the top of the sixth and finished with seven K’s.
Sanders beat out a bunt hit to open the Howe sixth inning and Ross was walked to put two on with no outs. Upchurch drove in both runners on a rather confusing play which resulted in Upchurch being called out at second. At least it was contusing from our seat in the heated confines of our truck behind the centerfield fence.
Tinney walked, stole second then third base, and came home on a wild pitch to make it a 9-6 game, with the Lady Bulldogs on top.
Sanders and Tinney each finished 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk. In addition to Sanders’ triple, Tinney, Hargrove, Streetman and Duffee each had doubles.
Tom Bean 1-2-0-1-2-0-0—6
Howe (18-7)(6-5) 3b-Sanders, 2b- Tinney, Hargrove Streeman, Duffee.