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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Bowie pitcher Chris Golden, right, celebrates with Mack O’Brien after hitting a home run in the third inning.
Published on: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
By Daniel Kucin
Bowie’s Chris Golden almost dropped a close game against Northern two weeks ago, but the senior rebounded by pitching seven innings against county rival Wise to win handily 14-3 on the road.
“I just had to forget about Northern ... and I came in with the confidence that I always have,” the pitcher said.
Golden looked extremely confident on the mound, and the location of his pitches were on target for the majority of the contest.
His seven strikeouts in seven innings was just a portion of what Golden was able to provide for his team. The standout pitcher also had two hits, two RBIs and a towering home run in the third inning.
“My fastball was really working well today, and my curveball was fooling a lot of hitters,” Golden said. “It was great to jump up on them after a split first inning when we didn’t get any runs, so it was great to come out and make a statement for those next two innings.”
Bowie exploded with a nine run advantage at the top of the second inning. Junior Zach Quarles started off the rout with a two-run hit that led to a sacrifice fly by Bennett Garner. Matt Bieler followed with an RBI double, and Golden dropped in a single that accounted for another run to highlight the slew of scores in the backbreaking inning.
Wise pitcher Sterling Swann is No.1 in the Pumas’ rotation, but he struggled considerably against the Bulldogs lineup — allowing seven hits in the second inning, which resulted in his second loss this season.
In the top of the third, Bieler smacked a two-run home run to start off the hitting spree. Golden refused to be out-staged by his fellow teammate, and he struck a solo homer to left-center field on a fastball in back-to-back fashion.
“Coach was telling me to look at my pitch and to stop being so anxious,” Bieler said about his two-run shot. “I saw the ball outside and then I just saw the pitch that I wanted, and just drove it. .... Supposedly, coach said that I couldn’t let Chris outdo me like that. … It just got us going.”
Senior third basemen Matt Vogel hit another home run late in the third inning to drive in two runs off of Isaiah Black, who replaced Swann. Vogel was named the most valuable player for his consistency at the plate. He finished the game going three for three at the plate, and he had three RBIs.
It was relatively quiet for the rest of the match. Wise was only able to score one run in the bottom of the fifth inning, and Bowie made sure to have some of its younger reserves get a chance to earn some experience near the end of the contest.
Bowie is paced to have another productive season under first-year head coach Bryan Harris.
“After we had that nine run inning, we were able to come right back and get another five,” Harris said. “The bats up and down the lineup were great. They were swinging the bats today, and the hitting was contagious. When we broke it open, we were on fire.”