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Bowie Baysox season highlighted by All-Stars

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Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Ty Kelly was one of the six Bowie Baysox players named to the Eastern League All-Star team.

Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Ty Kelly was one of the six Bowie Baysox players named to the Eastern League All-Star team.

Published on: Wednesday, October 02, 2013

By Daniel Kucin Jr.

The Bowie Baysox entered the 2013 season with high hopes — but ended with a screeching halt as the Baltimore Orioles’ Double-A affiliate was eliminated from playoff contention Aug. 30.

The Baysox finished the season with a record of 71-71.

But, it was a record breaking season for the Baysox. And, many individual players received awards for impressive performances.

Baysox catcher Caleb Joseph was named to the Eastern League All-Star team, and he won the Home Run Derby crown in his most productive season with the organization. Joseph also broke Ed Rodgers’ record of most games played as a Bowie Baysox player.

Bowie ace Mike Wright was the Black and Decker All-Star Game Most Valuable Player during the All-Star break after earning a win in the process. Wright finished the year with an 11-3 record, 136 strikeouts and an ERA of just over 3.00. He was recently promoted to play for the Triple-A International League Norfolk Tides.

Another player that made a huge impact on this year’s roster was outfielder Henry Urrutia. The Cuban defector was one of the most consistent hitters on Bowie’s roster. He had a batting average of .365 during his span of 52 games. Urrutia ended the season with 73 hits and 33 runs, including seven homers. He was called up the big leagues with the Baltimore Orioles in July and had some quality at-bats for the Black and Orange.

Baysox pitcher Eddie Gamboa threw a no-hitter earlier this year before being promoted to Norfolk.

The Baysox sent six players to the All-Star game. The players who represented the Baysox were: Joseph, Urrutia, Ty Kelly, Niuman Romero, Wright and Jason Gurka.

Baysox manager Gary Kendall also set a milestone. He was the third coach in Baysox history to surpass 200 wins with the team during his three years with the club.

Despite having an average season, Bowie has groomed enough talent to make a larger impact looking forward to next season.

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