Howe 6, Whitewright 3
The Howe Bulldogs solidified their hold on second place in District 10-3A baseball with a come-from-behind win at home over Whitewright on April 11. The win boosts the Bulldog district record to 7-2, one game behind league-leading Farmersville.
Senior center fielder Brennan Ross had two hits in four at bats and drove in two runs to lead the Howe offense. Ross’ single in the fourth scored senior Tyler Grisham with the winning run.
Whitewright jumped out to an early, 3-0 lead on three consecutive first inning singles.
Kendall Shaw, Seth Jackson and Payton Jones each had hits off of Howe starter Peyton Reagan to start the game.
After an error allowed Shaw to score, Burke Hosier lifted a fly to right and another Bulldog bobble brought Jackson home.
Jones scored on a sacrifice fly by Neal Taylor to give the Tigers that 3-0 start.
Howe answered in the bottom half of the inning as Ross singled to start the frame. He moved up on a Whitewright error and scored on a single by senior Matt Griffin.
Reagan shut the visitors down in order in the second and Howe kept the bats going in the bottom half of that inning. Senior Tanner Hartsfield singled to open the inning and swiped second and third base. Grisham reached on a dropped third strike which brought Hartsfield home with the Bulldogs’ second run. Senior Jaden Matthews walked and junior Bryce Krantz singled to load the bases.
Ross grounded out to the right side to drive in Grisham with the Bulldogs’ third run of the contest.
Reagan scattered seven hits in the game, gave up just one earned run and struck out seven to get the win. He gave up a Hosier single in the third and a triple to Ritchie in the sixth, but neither could score.
Howe took the lead with a big fourth inning.
Grisham singled with one out and moved to second on a Whitewright error. A walk to Matthews and Krantz’ single loaded the bases, and Ross drove in Grisham with what would prove to be the game winner. A single by sophomore Dyson Dillard scored Matthews and Reagan was hit by a pitch that plated Krantz with Howe’s sixth run of the game.
Regan gave up a one-out single to Shaw in the Whitewright seventh, but got the next two outs to hold onto the win.
The Bulldogs travel to Farmersville on April 14, looking to jump into a tie with the Farmers for first place in the district chase.
After that the Bulldogs have home games left with Van Alstyne on April 18 and a senior night game versus Leonard on April 25.