Howe 18, Whitewright 10
This writer made some first impressions after visiting the new Whitewright softball facility — there’s going to be a lot of runs scored in this park.
Howe proved us right on that theory, pounding out 18 hits, 14 of which were for extra bases, and scored 18 runs in the 18-10 win over the Lady Tigers on March 14.
The Lady Bulldogs hit eight doubles, five triples and a Torrey Stubblefield home run to notch their third district win. It was a 7-6 game through three innings before Howe scored six in the fourth to take a commanding lead.
Senior Madisyn Hargrove opened the frame with a triple off the high wall in center field.
Stubblefield smacked her second double of the contest to plate Hargrove, and the wheels kept spinning.
An infield hit by senior Kayla Anderson and junior Payton Griffin’s second double brought home Stubblefield. Anderson scored on a sacrifice fly by senior Dani Ross and with two out, back-to-back triples by senior Emily Sanders and junior Erin Blackburn pushed the Howe lead to 15-6.
Whitewright scored four runs in the bottom half of the frame, two coming in on a home run shot by pitcher Hannah Williams.
Howe scored two runs in the fifth and added one more in the sixth to get the lead back to eight.
Whitewright threatened in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases with cleanup hitter Zada Swoopes coming to the plate. With two out, Hargrove got Swoopes to chase some high strikes and become Hargrove’s ninth strikeout victim of the contest.
Stubblefield had four hits in five trips to the plate, a homer and three doubles, driving in three runs in the win.
Blackburn had a pair of triples, two stolen bases, and she scored four runs.
Howe will host Farmersville on March 21 and will travel to Van Alstyne on March 24.