CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — As far as the recent World Wood Bat Association National Championship, it might be said that as Scott Bowen went, so went the Dirtbags Falcon team.
Bowen, a rising senior at West Bladen High, was 4-for-12 in the four tournament games his team played and the Dirtbags finished 2-2.
In the losses, Bowen was 0-for-2 in a 7-1 loss to the Cangelosi Sparks and 0-for-3 in a 7-0 defeat to 5-Star National Dobbs. But in the team’s victories, Bowen went 1-for-3 in a 5-0 win over the South Florida Bandits and 3-for-4 with an RBI in a 9-0 win over the SWFL Elite.
That effort, along with playing a flawless centerfield, earned Bowen a spot on the WWBA All-Tournament team.
“(That) was a great experience,” Bowen said recently. “The competition was unreal. Most pitchers we faced sat around the mid- to upper-80s. Three Power 5 Divison 1 commits we faced reached the lower 90s.”
Bowen’s talents on the diamond, along with the experience playing against top-notch teams, has Knights baseball coach Kim Cain looking forward to the 2018 high-school season.
“Scott’s real versatile,” Cain said about Bowen. “He can play all nine positions and play them well. He’s got speed and a very strong arm.
“I wish I had 10 more like him,” he added recently.
W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.