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Bowie baseball wins first district game

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Tucker Jones comes in to score the only run of the game after a passed ball.

The Bowie baseball team started district this week playing possibly two of the top teams in Jacksboro and Iowa Park.
The Jackrabbits beat the Tigers 1-0 on Monday, but fell to the Hawks 6-1 on Thursday.
Bowie came into the week after a good 4-1 run at its hosted Walker Stallcup Tournament. Jacksboro has been one of the tougher teams in the district the past two seasons for the Jackrabbits and were returning a good core of the team that beat them twice last year in close contests.
Bowie started the game with Brody Armstrong getting on base with a single and advancing to third base, but could not get him home.
Freshman Edmond DeLeon got the start on the mound for the Jackrabbits and was under fire in the first three innings. In each one Jacksboro was able to get two base runners on base, while in the first and second inning there was a runner on third base.
Somehow DeLeon and the defense got out of these situations giving up no runs until Bowie broke the scoreless tie in the fourth inning.
Tucker Jones led off with a single. He advanced to second on a passed ball and Carson Sanders laid down a sacrifice bunt to get him to third with one out. Another passed ball then allowed him to score to put the Jackrabbits up 1-0.
It seemed momentum had turned to Bowie’s favor. Kynan DeMoss and Troy Kesey drew walks to put a runner in scoring position and put pressure on Jacksboro after not having any luck in the previous two innings. Even without the Jackrabbits adding any more runs, it showed Bowie was threatening.
Besides an error in the outfield that got one runner on base for Jacksboro, the Jackrabbits shut down the Tigers’ offense heading into the fifth inning.
With two outs, Armstrong hit a double and later advanced to third base on a wild pitch. Jones drew a walk to put runners at the corners, again threatening to add to Bowie’s lead. Unfortunately, the next batter flew out to left field to end the scoring chance.
Jacksboro came back threatening to score again, getting two base runners on with two outs and one good hit into the outfield away from possibly tying the game. Again DeLeon and the defense came through inducing a fly out into right field to keep Bowie in the lead heading into the sixth inning.
The Jackrabbits got two runners on base as Seth Hall reached on a fielding error and A.J. Whatley drew a walk. Unfortunately that would be it for Bowie with the next batter grounding out for out three.
A leadoff walk for the Tigers almost ended up being the tying run. The runner later stole second base and then advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt.
DeLeon then struck out the next batter and Jones then tagged the runner out during the next at bat when he tried to steal home for out three.
Bowie had no luck getting anything going offensively in the seventh inning meaning it would have to shepherd its one run lead.
Carson Sanders came in to pitch the final inning to get the save. He struck out the first batter before hitting the next one and allowing a single to put two runners on base. Sanders then struck out the next one but then walked the fifth batter to load the bases up with two outs. Sanders then induced a fly ball to right field for the final out to secure the Bowie win 1-0.
It was a good win for the team in a district that is looking to be as tough as it’s ever been with the inclusion of another expected playoff team with Iowa Park dropping down from 4A.
Bowie faced the Hawks three days later on Thursday at home.

To read about the next game, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.

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Interview with Forestburg basketball players Talan Jones (left) and Kyler Willett following their bi-district playoff win against Newcastle on Feb. 20, 2024.
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Saint Jo beats Bellevue in play-in game for 3rd place

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Devin Stewart scored 22 points for Saint Jo and helped the Panthers beat Bellevue on Friday night.

The Saint Jo Panthers were able to bounce back and beat Bellevue on Friday night in Bowie to earn the third seed in district play.
The Panthers won 69-51 against a hot Eagles team coming into the game.
Bellevue had won the last four district games heading into the game, including a dominant win against Saint Jo just the previous week.
The Eagles comeback win against second seed Forestburg earlier in the week clutched at least a playoff spot, with a play-in game against the Panthers for the third seed.
The first quarter was competitive as Bellevue led 15-12 as the Eagles had five different players score at least one point.
The Panthers answered back in the second quarter, scoring 22 points as the team got a big lift from Devin Stewart who scored nine points during that period.
Bellevue kept up, scoring 16 points even as it fell behind a little bit.
Saint Jo led 35-31 at halftime.
The Panthers defense stepped up in the third quarter, limiting the Eagles to only one basket and some free throw attempts as Bellevue scored seven points.
Saint Jo got a big boost from Barrett Johnson, who scored 10 of his team’s 14 points as the Panthers lead extended.
Saint Jo led 49-38 heading into the final period.
While the Eagles scored a bit better in the fourth quarter, scoring 13 points, it was not enough to keep up with the Panthers. Saint Jo went 12-16 from the free throw line in the final period alone, which helped the team score 20 points and pull further ahead.
The Panthers won 69-51.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.

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