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Baseball: Bowie hangs on to defeat Northern


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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Brady Mazzei earned player of the game honors and was a homerun shy of hitting for the cycle.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Brady Mazzei earned player of the game honors and was a homerun shy of hitting for the cycle.

Published on: Wednesday, April 10, 2013

By Daniel Kucin

Bowie pitcher Conor Craig was lights out against Northern High School last Thursday afternoon to give the Bulldogs their fourth win of the season, after a devastating loss against Bel Air in their previous contest.

Craig pitched five shutout innings with six strikeouts and only allowed one hit to grant him his first win of the season.

Bowie started the game with a two run lead, but the Bulldogs’ bats really came alive in the fourth inning.

Brady Mazzei delivered with a triple to drive in three runs allowing some cushion to the Bulldogs’ advantage. Mazzei was named the player of the game for his outstanding performance. He was perfect at the plate, drove in five RBIs, and went three-fourths of the way of hitting for the cycle.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Bowie pitcher Conor Craig earns his first win of the season pitching five shutout innings.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Bowie pitcher Conor Craig earns his first win of the season pitching five shutout innings.

Junior second baseman Bennett Garner tacked on another run with a sacrifice fly to go up 7-0.

“We always want to put the ball in play. We try to shoot the gaps and hit line drives over the infielders, which is what we were able to do today,” Bowie head coach Bryan Harris said. “The nice thing about having an offensive day like this and putting up a lot of runs against a quality team is coming up with a victory and getting that confidence to hopefully be able to reproduce it.”

Craig was close to pitching a complete game, but Harris thought it was best to look to senior reliever Chris Golden after his starter was surpassing a high pitch count. However, Golden opened up the flood gates, and Northern started a four run rally. Golden pitched an ERA of 21.00. He also allowed seven runs and two doubles in just over one inning.

“Chris has been our go-to guy all season, and I would do it again absolutely,” Harris said. “I know he had a little trouble today, but we were very confident on putting him on the mound. ... We had a throwing error that gave them some life and momentum, which a good team is going to take advantage of, and they got a few hits to back them up.”

Golden redeemed himself at the plate in the top of the seventh inning though, as he helped his team earn a five-run lead with an RBI single, taking the score to 9-4.

However, after giving up three runs in the bottom of the seventh, Harris turned to Chase Stevens to finish the game for the Bulldogs. With two down and runners on the corners in the bottom of the seventh, Stevens sealed the deal forcing a ground out to win a close one.

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