PARIS — The Lady Bulldogs swept the competition in their three games played in the Chisum Tourney that ended on Saturday, March 3.
Howe opened things up against the home team, beating Chisum 1-0 in a tense pitchers duel. Chasm pitching managed to strike out over 12 Lady Bulldog batters, but a hard double by Erin Blackburn and a rocket of an RBI single by Peyton Streetman in the first inning was all the Lady Bulldogs needed to take their first win of the tournament.
The Lady Bulldogs squared off against Rivercrest during their second game of competition. Howe had an offensive surge that saw them winning the game, 7-4, despite a hard fought game by Rivercrest.
Howe pitching managed to strike out 8 Rivercrest batters in the 6 innings of play, while the Lady Bulldogs offense was alive with 10 total hits. The Lady Bulldogs started off the scoring with a lead off homer in the first by Blackburn, followed up by a screaming double by Streetman, while Cassidy Anderson cleaned up the bases with a long double of her own, setting the tone for the ballgame early.
The third game against Sam Rayburn showed just how dominant the Lady Bulldogs could be with a commanding 8-1 victory over the Rams.
Howe pitching struck out 8 Sam Rayburn batters while the Lady Bulldog offense peppered the field with 14 total hits, it was the attack of the P’s in the first inning with Blackburn ripping a double to start off the game, Streetman followed suit with a screamer for an RBI double. Next was Payton Griffin who banged one off the left-center wall to score Streetman.
“I’m very proud of the team effort that these ladies put in,” Howe head coach Tiffany Moreland said. “We played hard together and had fun doing it.”
Bryce Brakebill is an independent correspondent who regularly contributes to the Van Alstyne Leader sports section.