Bowie baseball runs into Wall in the playoffs
The Bowie Jackrabbits baseball team fell to Wall on Friday in the area round of the playoffs to end their season.
The 10th ranked Eagles won both games by run-rule 11-1 and 10-0 against the Jackrabbits.
Bowie came into the series confident, but knew it would be a challenge. The Jackrabbits swept Peaster in the bi-district round and came into the playoff feeling extremely battle-tested after finishing second in a district where Coach Tyler Price felt they were playing playoff level teams in almost ever game.
The Eagles are a familiar foe. Bowie played the young Wall team last year in the regional quarterfinals and won three games despite the Eagles also being ranked 10th in the state last year as well.
Bowie was not intimidated by that rank. Despite not being rated in the top 25, after last year’s run and also after competing well against similarly ranked Holliday during district, the Jackrabbits were ready to pull the upset again this year against a still young, but talented Wall team.
Bowie led off and with two outs, Carson Sanders drew a walk to try and start a two-out rally. Kynan DeMoss hit a pop fly to the pitcher, but an error allowed him to reach first base and Sanders to reach third base. Unfortunately, DeMoss was later thrown out trying to steal second base for out three.
Freshman Edmond DeLeon got the start on the mound for Bowie and the Eagle batters got to him first. Back-to-back doubles scored one run before an error by the catcher allowed another run to come in as Wall went up 2-0.
Bowie showed some life in the second inning as Troy Kesey led off and hit a solo home run to deep centerfield on the first pitch. It cut the lead to 2-1 and fired up the Jackrabbits, but it did not lead to any more runs that inning.
After only giving up a double in the second inning and no runs, Bowie was up to bat in the third inning. Sanders got on base with one out by getting hit by a pitch, but unfortunately the next batter hit into a double-play for outs two and three.
For the Eagles, they started a two-out rally with three batters in a row drawing walks that loaded the bases. The next batter hit a single that drove in two runs to improve the Wall lead to 4-1 heading into the fourth inning.
After Bowie batters failed to get any runners on base, the Eagles added two more runs in the fourth inning. After a leadoff double followed by a single, two batters later drove in both runners with a single to centerfield as Wall led 6-1.
Brody Armstrong tried to start a two-out rally after drawing a walk, but the next batter grounded out.
After a leadoff single given up, Cy Egenbacher came in to pitch relief. After a walk and single loaded the bases, a base hit scored one run. Bowie got the ball back into the infield and due to some base running errors, picked up a double-play with outs at second and third base.
Unfortunately the Eagles were not done. Following another walk, the next batter hit a three-run home run to centerfield that extended Wall’s lead to 10-1. Sanders came in to pitch and forced a groundout for out three.
Despite having the most the dangerous part of Bowie’s lineup coming up to bat, only Kesey’s drawn walk with two outs prevented it from being an entirely unfruitful inning.
Wall led off with a line drive into left field that was dropped for an error that would come back to bite Bowie. The runner reached second base and later advanced to third on a passed ball.
After a groundout, a wild pitch then allowed the runner to come home and the game to end due to run rule. The Eagles won the game 11-1.
To read the full story about game two and see more pictures, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.
Summer workouts starting up
With the arrival of June comes increasing temperatures, camps galore for kids and for high school athletes making time to get ready for next school year.
For Bowie, incoming boy’s 7th-12th graders will practice Monday through Thursday starting June 12.
On Mondays and Wednesdays high school will do football skills and junior high athletes will do basketball drills from 7:30-8:30 a.m. They will switch on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Workouts will follow and go from 8:30-9:30 a.m. except on Tuesdays which will be before the skills at 6:30-7:30 a.m.
The Bowie girl workouts will start the same week for incoming 7th-12th graders. The workouts are scheduled every day for 7:30-8:30 a.m.
On Mondays and Wednesday’s, the high school girls will practice basketball and junior high volleyball from 8:30-9:30 a.m. On Tuesdays and Thursdays it will be reversed.
Bowie is expected to take the week of July 4th off to give athletes a break before ramping back up for the start of August.
For Nocona athletes, incoming 7th-12th grade boys and girls will start summer workouts on June 5. The workouts will be Monday through Thursday and go from 8-10:30 a.m.
They are scheduled to take the week of July 4th off and are expecting to take another week or two off at some point during the summer.
At Saint Jo, workouts start on June 5 and will be Monday through Thursday for incoming 7th-12th graders. The week of July 4th and the final week of July athletes will have off.
Every day strength and conditioning will go 8-9 a.m. On Monday through Wednesday, there will be an hour that follows for sport specific skill work. On Mondays and Wednesdays it will be football and volleyball. On Tuesdays it will be basketball.
At Prairie Valley, incoming junior high and high school athletes are scheduled to start summer workouts on June 6. Sessions will be from 8-11 a.m. and cover weight training, cardio training along with basketball and volleyball training.
Workouts will be Monday through Thursday. There will be a two week break in the middle with the last week of June and the first week of July athletes getting off.
For Forestburg, its incoming boy athletes have completed their first week of summer workouts this week. The girl athletes will join them at the beginning of next week on June 6.
They will go Monday through Thursday every week and also will take a break the week of July 4. Instead of the morning, workouts are scheduled for 6-8 p.m.
At Gold-Burg, some new coaches are expected to be hired but until then there are no plans for official summer workouts in the meantime.
To read the full story, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.
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Bowie hires new coach McCoy
With eyes already looking towards next school year, Bowie Independent School District has hired their first new varsity head coach in Jason McCoy.
McCoy was hired as the new baseball coach and comes to Bowie from Seymour where he served in that role for one season. Before that he also served time at Paradise, Granbury, and Notre Dame Catholic School while he was still in college.
It is new Bowie athletic director Tyler Price’s first varsity head coaching hire and McCoy also takes over the role Price has served the past three seasons.
“All of the hires are important to me, but this one definitely is, its one I’ve been a part of more than 15 years as a player and a coach so it’s close to my heart,” Price said. “At the end of the day it’s putting good coaches and good people around our kids. I think that is a huge thing Jason has got.”
Price had a record of 70-41 with each season winning in the bi-district round of the playoffs and the 2022 season seeing the team make an unprecedented run to the regional finals.
Price is confident McCoy cannot only keep the success going, but do it in his own way while keeping the values of the program similar to what he did during his time.
“I’ve always respected him as a coach and a man,” Price said. “Just playing against his teams in the past, they are always well coached, acting right on and off the field. I just like the style of coaching and the style of play he brings to the team.
McCoy is a 2007 graduate of Windthorst before going on to graduate from Midwestern State University.
He and his wife Emily, a teacher who taught at Graham in 2022-2023, are expecting their first child soon.
Besides baseball, McCoy also was named co-defensive coordinator in football and is expected to teach world geography.
McCoy has family in Bowie. That, along with the chance of working with Price, were the main motivating factors for McCoy to apply for the job.
To read the full story, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.
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