WHITEWRIGHT — An early lead and strong pitching by Torrey Stubblefield carried the Lady Bulldogs to a 4-2 victory over Whitewright in District 10-3A action on Tuesday, Apr. 10.


Erin Blackburn started the game off with a double to left field in the top of the first inning. Peyton Streetman brought her around to score with a RBI single past the Whitewright third baseman and Howe (9-10, 7-2), which is tied with Leonard in first place with three games left in the season, ending the first with a 1-0 lead.


Whitewright (12-7, 5-4) — currently tied with Lone Oak in fourth place — responded in the bottom of the first, knocking a single and a RBI triple by Sage Harlow to tie the game at one.


Payton Griffin put the Lady Bulldogs back on top with a monster shot to left for leadoff solo home run, making it a 2-1 ballgame.


Howe picked up another run in the top of the fourth after a Madison Mosier RBI single dropped into left brought Griffin around to score for a 3-1 advantage.


Stubblefield kept the Whitewright bats quiet — picking up 11 strikeouts and only giving up five hits.


Whitewright broke its cold streak in the bottom of the sixth — Harlow smacked a double off the center field wall then she scored on a single into right field, jumping back into the game with a 3-2 margin.


After a Streetman walk in the top of the seventh, Stubblefield helped her cause with a bullet into the right-center gap for a RBI double with two outs. Stubblefield was tagged out at third trying to extend her double, ending the inning.


Whitewright went down quietly in the bottom of the seventh, securing the Howe win.


“That was a team effort,” Howe coach Tiffany Moreland said. “We had timely hits, great pitching, it was a good game.”


Blackburn went 1-for-4, Streetman went 2-for-3 with a RBI, Griffin went 2-for-3 with a RBI and Mosier went 1-for-2 with a RBI.


The Lady Bulldogs will hope to keep the momentum going against Farmersville on Friday, April 13 and will clinch a playoff spot with a victory.