The Howe Bulldogs wrapped up the non-district portion of their 2017 baseball schedule, playing in a three-game tournament in Calera, Oklahoma.
Howe won two and lost one in the March 9-11 event, and will now turn to non-stop district action.
Howe 9, Caney 0
The Bulldogs were in fine form for the March 9 opener, beating Caney 9-0.
Howe scored seven runs in the first two innings and junior Peyton Reagan gave up just two hits in his three innings of work. Three consecutive singles started the Howe first inning as Brennan Ross, Dyson Dillard and Reagan lit up the Caney pitcher. Ross moved to second on a passed ball and scored on Dillard’s single. Matt Griffin reached on a fielder’s choice that erased Reagan.
A walk to Tyler Grisham and an error moved Spencer Aikins, who was running for Dillard, to third and he scored on a sacrifice fly by Bryce Krantz.
Griffin and Grisham eventually scored on Caney errors, getting the Bulldogs off to a 4-0 start. A leadoff single by Tanner Hartsfield, followed by Ross reaching on a Caney error, set the table for a two RBI double by Reagan.
Griffin greeted the new Caney pitcher with a single that plated Reagan, pushing the lead to 7-0. A walk, three singles and a sacrifice fly scored the final two Howe runs in the sixth.
Ross, Dillard and Aikins crossed the plate to wrap up the Bulldog scoring for the day.
Garrett Grigg pitched the final three innings for Howe, giving up no hits, and he was helped by a fourth inning double-play as Hartsfield caught a liner at third base and doubled the runner at first.
Calera 9, Howe 1
Howe could only manage one run on March 10 in the battle of the Bulldogs as Calera took the 9-1 win at their park.
Howe’s only run came in the third as sophomore Mason Riggs singled with one out. Riggs stole second and a Tanner Hartsfield single advanced Riggs to third. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Brennan Ross.
Howe 9, Rock Creek 1.
The Bulldogs bounced back from their March 10 defeat to hand Rock Creek a 9-1 beating on March 11 and finish third in the Calera Tournament.
It was a five-inning game as Howe pounded out 10 hits, scored in four of the frames and coasted home with the win.
Junior Peyton Reagan had two singles and a double in three trips to the plate and sophomore Dyson Dillard was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.
The Bulldogs scored four times in the fourth inning, pushing their lead to 7-0. Singles by Mason Riggs and Tanner Hartsfield, and a walk to Brennan Ross loaded the bases before Dillard drove in Riggs with a single.
Spencer Aikins was running for Harstfield and he scored, along with Ross, on Reagan’s double. Dillard crossed the plate on a ground out to the right side by Matt Griffin.
Howe added a couple of runs in the fifth and time limits finished the game.
Howe goes into District 10-3A play with an 8-4 record.