HOWE — The Lady Bulldogs were unstoppable in their, 15-2, home district win against the Commerce Lady Tigers on Friday, March 9.
A rocky start for Howe pitcher Courtney Hopper saw the Lady Bulldogs down 2-0 after giving up five hits in the top of the first inning. After Howe only managed one hit in the bottom of the first, it seemed like Commerce was building some decent momentum to start the game.
That all changed in the second inning, after Hopper held Commerce to no gain in the top of the inning, the Lady Bulldogs bats showed up in a big way. Hopper helped her cause with a single into left field, Madison Mosier scored Hopper with a bullet up the middle for a single, Howe was now on the board 1-2. Back to back singles saw Howe tying up the game 2-2, with the bases now juiced it just took a hard hit single by Peyton Streetman to score two more runs and give Howe the lead, 4-2. The Lady Bulldogs scored 9 runs off 6 hits, but they weren’t done there.
Erin Blackburn got the Lady Bulldog offense started in the third inning with a monster shot in the left center gap for a triple, Streetman followed it up with a long home run over dead center, scoring two and putting the Howe lead at 11-2. Howe went on to score two more runs off in the inning, taking a definite 13-2 lead.
Howe managed to put up two more runs in the fourth inning off five hits, while keeping the Commerce bats quiet through the fourth and fifth/final inning of the ballgame. The game was called in the bottom of the fifth due to mercy rule, resulting in a dominant home win for Howe.
“We came out a lot stronger in the second inning,” Howe coach Tiffany Moreland said after the game. “Our bats came alive and we were making defensive plays like we were supposed to… we took a hard loss against Leonard on Monday so to come back out and put on this performance, it felt good.”
Hopper ended her night giving up two runs off eight hits and striking out one, she also went 3-4 at the plate.
Blackburn went 4-4 with one RBI. Streetman went 3-4 with five RBIs and Mosier went 1-3 with one RBI.
Howe will face off against Farmersville in a district ballgame on Tuesday, March 20.