By ERIC VICCARO
Bowie High School pitcher Cooper Cantwell pitched 6-2/3 strong innings.
Cantwell just needed Lawson Mickler to finish the job, and that’s exactly what Mickler did as Conference 3A seventh-ranked Bowie topped homestanding Henrietta 4-1 on Friday in District 3A-9 action.
“Coop threw a phenomenal game,” Bowie head baseball coach Ryan Rogers said. “He was throwing strikes. He was able to mix and match his pitches. He had great stuff and his velocity was the best I’ve ever seen.”
Bowie improved to 14-1-2 overall, 4-0 in District 3A-9. The Jackrabbits are tied with Holliday for the district lead, and those two teams faced each other Tuesday evening here in Bowie.
Cantwell fanned 10 Henrietta batters en route to the win, but he grew increasingly tired in the bottom of the seventh – especially after issuing a walk after a 12-pitch at-bat. That loaded the bases chock full of Bearcats.
Then Rogers called on Mickler, who has become perhaps the best relief pitcher in the district this season.
On four pitches, Mickler induced a Henrietta groundout to end the game. Read more, and see box scores, in the mid-week Bowie News.
Bowie pitcher Cooper Cantwell pitches during Friday’s District 3A-9 game at Henrietta. Cantwell earned the win, going 6-2/3 innings with 10 strikeouts. (News photo by Eric Viccaro)