BOWIE – The Charles H. Flowers High School baseball team upset Bowie High School 7-3 in the opening round of the 4A South region playoffs Friday. Bowie (15-4) scored the game’s first run and its last run – both of which were unearned – but the Bulldogs failed to capitalize on three scoring chances during […]
BOWIE – The Charles H. Flowers High School baseball team upset Bowie High School 7-3 in the opening round of the 4A South region playoffs Friday.
Bowie (15-4) scored the game’s first run and its last run – both of which were unearned – but the Bulldogs failed to capitalize on three scoring chances during the middle frames. Flowers (12-7), which earned the right to face second-seeded Oxon Hill High School in the quarterfinals, made the most of its chances in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to forge a comfortable lead.
“This was probably the most complete game that we have ever played against a quality team.” said Flowers’ second-year coach Marcus Holden, a Largo High graduate. “Justin [Howard] pitched a heck of a game. Then Jairus [Hampton] delivered the big shot in the fourth inning. He had hit the fence six or seven times this year, but that was the first one that went over. This was the first time in my eight years [six with junior varsity] with the program that we have every beaten Bowie.”
Bowie scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the first against Flowers’ senior hurler Justin Howard, who eventually garnered the win by limiting the Bulldogs’ attack to two runs, one earned, on only three hits and three walks in five innings. Bulldogs’ batter Willie Hines reached on a bunt single, took second on a throwing error by senior catcher Jairus Hampton, took third on a wild pitch then scored on a groundout by Diallo Adams.
Bowie senior hurler Sage Davis blanked Flowers through the first three innings, but in the fourth the Jaguars finally got on the board in a big way. Anthony Delaney led off the inning with a single then with one out Hampton made up for his first inning throwing error by sending a 2-0 Davis fastball over the fence in left center. Flowers added a run in the fifth when Thomas Espinosa delivered a two-out single for a 3-1 lead.
The Bulldogs left the bases loaded in the second when Howard fanned Grayson Porter, then Bowie stranded two more runners in the fourth when Porter struck out swinging. But Bowie got one run back in the fifth when Hines got hit by a pitch, stole second, took third on a groundout by Adams then scored on a groundout by Darren Blackmon.
Davis went to the hill for the sixth but could not get through the inning. He allowed a leadoff single and two walks then was hooked by Harris with one out. Davis took the loss after eventually allowing five runs, all earned, on four hits and four walks while fanning nine. He threw strikes on 62 of 106 pitches, but he walked the last two batters he faced.
Justin Dodson entered the game with two on and one out, but the Jaguars also got to him. Anthony Robinson delivered a two-run single then Delaney and Espinosa walked to force in another run. Hampton fanned swinging to end the threat, but the Jaguars had forged a commanding 7-2 lead.
Bowie failed to score again in the bottom of the sixth as the Bulldogs squandered two hits as Porter again fanned with two runners aboard. Bowie got an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh against Flowers’ reliever Langston Cross. Adams reached on a one-out error and eventually scored on a fielder’s choice grounder by Bieler.
“I feel bad for Sage and all the seniors,” Harris said. “All we ask of our starting pitchers is that they put us in position to win the game and Sage did that today. We left too many runners  on base. We had some chances, but we didn’t capitalize. But give credit to Flowers because they took advantage of the opportunities.”