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St. John's beats Good Counsel behind strong effort from Mike Bowie

April 28, 2010
St John's College High School

Mike Bowie has an interesting approach when it comes to pitching.

"Just come out and try to minimize damage the first couple innings," said the senior right-hander, who has taken over as the No. 1 starter for top-ranked St. John's. "And later innings, I save my stuff and try to really finish out strong."

Bowie found trouble in the early going on Tuesday, but twice got inning-ending strikeouts to leave the bases loaded. Then he heated up and retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced as the Cadets edged third-ranked Good Counsel, 3-2, in a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference game in Olney.

Bowie also had a two-run single in the first inning as St. John's (17-3, 11-1) won its eighth consecutive game and beat the only local opponent it had lost to this season.

"Obviously, avenging an earlier loss is always good," said Cadets Coach Mark Gibbs, whose team lost to Good Counsel, 4-3, on March 27. "But we've got another tough one Thursday [against DeMatha]. We're trying to finish strong and play strong."

Bowie finished strong Tuesday. After flirting with trouble early on, the George Mason recruit settled down and allowed just one ball out of the infield in his final three innings. He wanted to go back out for the seventh, but instead went to left field as Gibbs turned to junior Nick Howard, and the Virginia recruit sent the Falcons down in order.

"That's up to the coaching staff," said Bowie, who improved to 5-1. "Howard came out and threw a great inning. We got the 'W,' that's what is important."

Bowie started strong at the plate, helping St. John's jump to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning. With the bases loaded after two walks and an error, Bowie singled to left field to score Charles Flowers and Bobby Boyd. It stayed that way until the third when, with two outs and the bases loaded, T.J. Brockway's two-run single up the middle tied it at 2-2. (Because of an error earlier in the inning, both runs were unearned.)

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