By ERIC VICCARO
Bowie High School pitcher Cooper Cantwell had plenty of rest between starts for the Jackrabbits.
That paid off on Tuesday as Cantwell struck out 11 Henrietta batters, and the Conference 3A fourth-ranked Jackrabbits blanked the Bearcats 3-0 in District 3A-9 action on Tuesday.
Cantwell threw a complete-game shutout, issuing only two walks while scattering four hits. Sixty-eight percent of his pitches went for strikes.
“Cooper did a phenomenal job,” Bowie head baseball coach Ryan Rogers said. “He was able to get extra rest between starts, 10 days. He looked good. His velocity was up and he was able to mix and match pitches just like the first time he faced them (Henrietta) this season.”
With the victory, Bowie improved to 21-1-2, 11-0 in 3A-9. The Jackrabbits clinched at least a share of the District 3A-9 title.
“One of the goals this team set back in November was to win a district championship,” Rogers said. “We have put ourselves in good position. It’s a testament to hard work and dedication. They’ve worked hard for it.”
Bowie hasn’t won any kind of district title in baseball since current Boston Red Sox pitcher Brandon Workman was on the bump for the Jackrabbits in 2007.
The Jackrabbits turned baserunning into an adventure during the game, but Bowie certainly scored enough to support Cantwell.
In Bowie’s two-run fifth inning, Lawson Mickler reached on an error and scored on another gaffe. Dylan Slade singled and later scored. Read more, and see the complete box score, in the weekend Bowie News.
Cooper Cantwell deals during Tuesday’s District 3A-9 game between Bowie and Henrietta here in Bowie. Cantwell finished the game with 11 strikeouts in a complete-game shutout. (News photo by Eric Viccaro)