HOWE — Bryce Krantz threw 3.1 hitless innings and also contributed at the plate by driving in a run and scoring as the Howe Bulldogs opened District 10-3A play with a 6-2 victory against the Commerce Tigers on Tuesday, March 6.
Kyler Anderson was 2-for-3, drove in a run and scored and Spencer Akins was 3-for-4 and scored a run to pace the offense, which produced three runs in the bottom of the first inning to open the early lead.
Cade Courtney was hit by a pitch with one out and then stole second. He scored on Garret Johnson’s double down the third base line and then Johnson came home on Anderson’s infield single to third.
Peyton Reagan came through with a two-out single to short to make it 3-0.
The teams traded runs in the fourth. After Commerce got on the board, Howe countered with a two-out run on a throwing error that allowed Mason Riggs to score when he and Spencer Akins were pulling off a double steal of second and third.
Krantz scored on a one-out error in the fifth inning to push Howe’s lead to 5-1 and then Akins scored on a steal of home in the bottom of the sixth to close out the offense by the Bulldogs.
Krantz gave up a run despite not allowing a hit. He walked two and struck out four before turning things over to Riggs, who went 3.1 innings, allowing a run — in the seventh inning — on four hits. He struck out eight and walked three.
Dyson Dillard got the final out.
Gage Elliott walked twice and drove in a run while Zach Jenson singled and scored for Commerce.
Howe will compete in the Gainesville Tournament starting on Thursday, March 8, before returning to district play at Lone Oak on Tuesday, March 13.