Lone Oak 8, Howe 6
The Howe Bulldogs continued their heavy hitting attack in a road game at Lone Oak on April 7, but the winning stopped as the Buffaloes halted a late rally to grab an 8-6 win.
Howe banged out a dozen hits in the contest, but two big innings by the Buffs was enough to hold off a seventh inning comeback attempt by the visitors.
Howe sophomore Spencer Akins had two hits in three trips to the plate, while senior Brennan Ross, junior Peyton Reagan and sophomores Dyson Dillard and Mason Riggs each had a pair of hits in four trips.
Ross, the leadoff hitter for the Bulldogs, got the visitors off to a positive start with an infield hit.
A ground out to the right side by Dillard moved Ross to second and he stole third, then scored on an RBI single by Reagan.
Reagan got to third on an error and a stolen base, but could not score.
Lone Oak answered with a run in the bottom half of the first as pitcher Brett Kelley doubled for the Buffs. He scored on a Stephen Singh single to tie the game, 1-1.
Kelley had three hits in four trips and Singh drove in two runs with a pair of hits.
Lone Oak took the lead in the second inning, pounding the ball for five hits in the frame, all singles, as Kelley drove in a pair to bump the Buffaloes’ lead to 5-2.
Lone Oak added three more runs in the fourth to take an 8-2 lead.
The Bulldogs began to chip away at that margin in the fifth.
Akins collected his second hit of the night, but was erased on a double-play by the Buffaloes when Ross lined out to third. Akins could not beat the throw from third and was doubled up.
Dillard singled and was replaced by courtesy runner, senior Brandon Wall.
After Wall swiped second, a Reagan double brought home Wall to make it an 8-3 game.
Howe added a run in the sixth as Riggs had a one-out single, but was thrown out as senior Jaden Matthews reached on a fielder’s choice.
Matthews stole second base and scored on a double by senior Tyler Grisham.
Trailing, 8-4, Howe finally put up a crooked number in the seventh, but fell short.
Dillard doubled to lead off the inning and was subbed out for courtesy runner Wall.
Reagan was safe on a Lone Oak miscue, and, with two out, a double by senior Tanner Hartsfield plated Wall and Reagan to cut the Lone Oak lead to just two.
It remained that way as Lone Oak got the final out to send the Bulldogs off with the loss.
Howe, 6-2 in district play, hosted Whitewright on April 11, and the Bulldogs will travel to Farmersville on April 14.