HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Rabbits paw by Panthers

By ERIC VICCARO
sports@bowienewsonline.com

There has been one prevailing theme for the Bowie High School baseball team throughout the Conference 3A Region 2 playoffs.

“We’ve talked about it before, but this team never panics,” said Bowie head coach Ryan Rogers. “Even when we were down, 5-3, we just settled in. We started winning innings, and we were in good shape.”

It helped Chandler Dean didn’t allow any runs other than the five he surrendered in the opening inning as Bowie defeated Van Alstyne 9-5 in the opening game of a best-of-3 regional semifinal on Thursday at Kennedale.

“The first inning was rough, but I kept thinking back to last week (versus Gunter),” said Dean, who has pledged to Northeast Texas Community College.

“They had the bases loaded on us two or three times,” Dean said. “But we got out of it. It was huge. It was big time.”

Bowie improved to 27-9-1, eclipsing last year’s win total and the Jackrabbits moved one win closer to a possible berth in the regional finals versus either Brock or Farmersville.

Read more, and see the complete box score, in the May 28 Bowie News.

Bowie’s Carter Shackelford trots toward third after hitting a home run during the first inning of Thursday’s Conference 3A Region 2 semifinal game at Kennedale. Shackelford helped Bowie win with four RBIs and two runs scored. (News photo by Eric Viccaro)