Howe senior Matt Griffin was a single short of hitting for the cycle in the Bulldogs’ 11-1, run rule win over Lone Oak at home on March 14. The big first baseman drove in five runs, pitched an inning, and sold popcorn as Howe improved to 2-0 in District 10-3A play.
Leading 2-1 going into the fifth, Howe scored three times to take command of the game. Senior Brennan Ross, who had a 2-for-4 game, doubled with one out.
It became a two-out rally when junior Peyton Reagan walked and Griffin smacked a triple into the right field corner, driving in Ross and Reagan. Griffin trotted home on a single by senior Tyler Grisham, and the Bulldogs were in charge, 5-1.
Things went dark for the visitors in the sixth as Howe exploded for six runs to get the game over early.
Sophomore Mason Riggs was hit by a pitch and senior Jaden Matthews walked to set the stage. Senior Tanner Hartsfield advanced the runners with a ground out to the right side before Ross singled to drive in Riggs and Matthews. Ross swiped a couple of bases and sophomore Dyson Dillard reached on a Lone Oak error. Reagan drove in two with a triple, bumping the Howe lead to 10-1.
Griffin ended it all with a two-run tater, giving the Bulldogs the 11-1 win.
Howe will travel to Whitewright on March 17, and host Farmersville on the 21.