COMMERCE — A big fifth inning helped the Howe Bulldogs start the second half of the District 10-3A schedule with a 9-6 victory against Commerce on Tuesday, April 3.


The Bulldogs (8-4, 4-3) scored five times in the fifth, keyed by three singles and a pair of errors, to rally from a one-run deficit to remain in the thick of the playoff chase.


Spencer Adkins was 3-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and scored three times, Cirby Coheley doubled, drove in two runs and scored twice, Bryce Krantz doubled and drove in two runs, Garret Johnson was 2-for-4 with a triple and drove in a run, Parker Blount singled, drove in a run, scored and walked twice and Mason Riggs scored twice for Howe.


Trailing 4-3 going to the fifth, the Bulldogs opened the inning with singles by Adkins and Dyson Dillard. With one out, Blount singled to left to tie the game. Riggs reached on an error to load the bases and Dillard scored on a wild pitch.


An ensuing error brought home two runs, Krantz had a sacrifice fly to center and Howe was up 8-4.


Krantz had an RBI double to drive in Coheley, who doubled in the seventh, before Commerce scored twice in the bottom of the inning.


Howe scored in the top of the first when Adkins doubled with one out, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a two-out passed ball.


Commerce tied the game in the bottom of the first and the Bulldogs jumped back in front when Johnson had a two-out RBI single to right.


Howe extended its lead to 3-1 in the third when Adkins walked, stole second and third and then scored on Peyton Reagan’s sac fly to left.


Commerce took a 4-3 advantage in the fourth with the last two runs coming on a two-out double.