BALTIMORE—The Bowie Baysox, who have been playing much better as of late, had four players picked to participate in the Eastern League All-Star Game that is going to be played in Richmond on July 10.
Bowie plays in the Western Division and the following members of the Baysox will be on that team: left-handers Zac Lowther and Alex Wells plus infielders Rylan Bannon and Mason McCoy.
Lowther led the Eastern League in wins as of June 24 and had a 7-4 record with 1.95 record in 13 starts. He posted a scoreless streak of 21 2/3 innings over three-plus starts during the month of May.
Wells has pitched just as well with a 5-1 record along with 1.90 ERA after his first 11 starts. He has won three of his last four starts and is from Australia.
Bannon has been solid for Bowie all season. The infielder has a .276 average with four homers, 27 RBI plus 17 doubles and a triple.
McCoy did not even join the team until being promoted from Class A Frederick Keys on May 6. Bowie has gone on a roll since he arrived and batted .324. The Baysox are 27-16 since he came to the team. He has 19 multi-hit games and while shortstop is his main position, but McCoy also can play second. The infielder has helped Bowie turn things around after its 7-23 start.
“They all deserve it and I am happy for all four of them,” Manager Buck Britton said. “Lowther and Wells have been good for us all season in that rotation, McCoy came in the beginning of May and has been a good addition to the team, and Bannon has been solid all year for us.”
Meanwhile, Bowie had another good run last week on their recent road trip, winning five games in a row before dropping the series finale to the Harrisburg Senators on June 23.
In the series opener on June 21, outfielder T.J. Nichting and infielder Jesmuel Valentin both homered and finished with three RBI to help visiting Bowie roll to a 6-2 victory.
Both Nichting and Valentin hit two-run homers that gave the Baysox control. Wells gave up one run in 5 1/3 innings and got the win.
The following day, Nichting homered again and outfielder Yusniel Diaz knocked in three en route to a 5-2 victory over Harrisburg. That was the team’s fifth straight win and gave the Baysox victories in six consecutive series. Nichting hit a solo homer in the sixth, and pitcher Dean Kremer struck out eight and tossed five shutout innings to earn the record.
However, Bowie fell 9-7 on June 23 as Harrisburg got its lone victory in the three-game series.
“We have been playing better baseball here as of late,” Britton said. “We did a nice job of executing offensively and we continue to get good starting pitching so it was nice.”
The Eastern League is using a new format this season. This year, the season is being split into two halves. The first half ended with Bowie’s record at 30-38 and sitting in fifth place in the Western Division.
Harrisburg finished in first place in the division while the Trenton Thunder took the top spot in the Eastern Division.
With the new second half of the season underway, the Baysox are tied for second place at 4-1 with Richmond as of June 24 before their home series against the Hartford Yard Goats. Erie led the division with a 4-0 mark through games of June 23.