Van Alstyne 6, Howe 5
The Van Alstyne Panthers got some redemption for an earlier loss against the Howe Bulldogs and moved into a tie for second in the district with a 6-5 win in Howe on Wednesday night.
After scoring four runs in the third, the Panthers pushed across what proved to be the winning run in the fourth.
Junior Tyler Neshyba singled with one out and was subbed out for courtesy runner Nathan Cuthbertson.
Junior Chase Wilson dropped in a soft hit to right field moving Cuthbertson to third. He scored on an RBI single by Luke Hundt.
Wilson, who moved to third on the Hundt hit, scored the Panthers’ sixth run on a single by sophomore Tyler Wilson.
Wilson had three hits in four trips to the plate and Hundt had two in four trips.
Howe cut the lead to just one in the bottom of the sixth as senior Tanner Hartsfield was hit by a pitch to open the inning.
With one out, Tyler Grisham lined a shot to the wall in center for a stand up double that plated Hartsfield.
Grisham scored on a two out single by Bryce Krantz, to make it a one-run game.
Pitching took over for the final innings as Howe’s Matt Griffin and Van Alstyne sophomore Rhett Gallagher allowed nothing on the scoreboard.
Gallagher came on in the bottom of the seventh, facing the 3-4-5 hitters in the Howe lineup, struck out two and earned a save.
“I just threw fastballs and sliders, throwing as hard as I could,” Gallagher said. “… This was a pivotal game for us. It gave us an opportunity to go after the two-sead, and rivalry games are always important.”
Van Alstyne has games left at home against Leonard and Commerce, while Howe wraps up the regular season on April 25, hosting Leonard.