COMMERCE — It has been a long season for Howe Softball Head Coach Jeff Martin and the many people who are the heart of the Howe High School Softball Program. The UIL 2017 3A Regional Semifinal Champions Lady Bulldogs put to rest a championship 2017 season, which shaped up to be the longest in the program’s history. Despite falling 9-6 in Game 1 on May 25 and 8-3 in Game 2 on Saturday against Hughes Springs in a best-of-three series for the 3A Regional Championship Title for UIL Regions 2 and 4 at Texas A&M University, Howe will remember the 2017 season as the one to top in the seasons to follow.
Howe seniors Emily Sanders, Madee Mullins, Sadie Denburger, Kayla Anderson, Rachel Latimer, Dani Ross, Madisyn Hargrove and Kamryn Fulenchek, played their final game with the program, marking the last outing for the Lady Bulldog seniors. Howe’s senior softball players depart on a strong note, having claimed championship titles in all four seasons. .
The letters “W.I.T.” were emboldened on the Lady Bulldog’s practice gear throughout the 2017 season as team battle-cry and philosophy Howe dedicated itself to throughout every game of the 2017 season. The Lady Bulldogs took every ounce of their determination and “Whatever It Takes” approach all the way to the end of a historic season on Saturday. Head Coach Jeff Martin and the Lady Bulldogs have earned their place in the school’s softball program history, going farther than any Howe softball team before, advancing five rounds into the 2017 UIL Softball 3A Regions 2 and 4 playoffs before falling to Hughes Springs in the Region II finals. Hughes Springs advanced to the first semifinal game of the state tournament at UT Austin on May 31.
The Regional Semifinal Champion Lady Bulldogs claimed the school’s highest UIL softball title in program history on May 20 with a dramatic 7-1 victory over Hooks. Howe highlighted the championship run with a nail-biting 2-0 Regional Quarterfinal title victory over Pottsboro on May 13. Preceding the victory over Pottsboro, Sunnyvale was eliminated by the Lady Bulldogs as they claimed the area championship title on May 6 with shutout victory of 16-0. Howe began its championship run on April 29 with a 5-2 victory over S&S High School in the 2017 UIL Softball 3A Regions 2 & 4 bi-district matchup. Martin and the Lady Bulldogs finish the landmark season with an overall team record of 20-6 and a Texas rank of 31, MaxPreps reports.
As the sun sets on a historic season for the Lady Bulldogs , juniors Payton Griffin, Torrey Stubblefield, Peyton Streetman, and Erin Blackburn are among those who highlighted the 2017 season for the Lady Bulldogs and will return in 2018 to pick up where the departing seniors left off by doing “Whatever It Takes” to get the Lady Bulldogs to bring home a state title for the Howe High School Softball Program.