ROCKWALL — The Lady Bulldogs offense was unstoppable in their 11-4 Class 3A Region II area round playoff victory over the Alba-Golden Eagles on Saturday, May 5.
Howe (14-11) will face Mineola in the region quarterfinals this week.
Torrey Stubblefield picked up four strikeouts in the first two innings of play as both teams were held scoreless.
The Lady Bulldogs broke the ice in the bottom of the second — two back-to-back singles started the inning off right for Howe, a groundout and another single brought around two Bulldog runners to make it a 2-0 lead.
After blanking Alba-Golden again in the top of the third, the Lady Bulldogs put together a strong four-run bottom of the third — Peyton Streetman lead off the inning with a monster solo homer to left and Stubblefield picked up a single and came around to score after a Courtney Hopper RBI double. Payton Griffin wrapped up the inning with a moon shot into left that was good for a two-run homer and the Lady Bulldogs ended the inning with a dominant 6-0 lead.
Alba-Golden picked up two runs in the top of the fourth after a Howe error, making it a 6-2 ballgame.
The home run derby kept rolling for the Lady Bulldogs in the bottom of the inning — Cassidy Anderson sent a shot over the left wall for a two-run home run and Stubblefield followed up with a bomb of her own to center field. Howe padded its score to a 9-2 lead by the end of the inning.
The Lady Golden Eagles picked up more runs during the next two innings after a costly Bulldog error and a few singles, making it a 9-4 game.
The Lady Bulldogs put the nail in the coffin after a Karsyn Fleming single scored the final two runs of the ballgame.
“We were able to pick up some big runs, taking pressure off our defense,” Howe head coach Tiffany Moreland said. “Outstanding game for us, coming out and hitting the ball and carrying that confidence with us to the next series.”
Stubblefield finished with 10 strikeouts while only allowing one earned run off four hits.
Streetman went 2-for-4 and drove in a run, Anderson went 2-for-4 with two RBI, Stubblefield went 2-for-3 with a RBI, Hopper went 2-for-4 with a RBI, Griffin went 2-for-4 with two RBI and Fleming went 2-for-4 with three RBI.