Bowens enjoys promising baseball season for Panthers

BALDWIN — Clay Bowens is among the Baldwin baseball players who will be returning to a 2015 team that the Panthers hope will be in championship contention.

The season ended in a 7-4 loss Friday at Custer-Mason County Eastern against the host school in the Division 4 districts.

Bowens provided some good offensive power during the season for Baldwin. In a practice last Thursday, he stroked a solid base hit and was showing signs of strong bat power. That proved to be the case in the loss to MCE. He had a groundout that brought in a run. In the top of the seventh, he drilled a triple and scored his team’s fourth run.

“I need to keep my focus,” he said, adding that he was hitting the ball “all right.” While he was focusing on being a contact hitter more so than a power batter, Bowen indicated he was capable of “a little bit of both.”

He’s been playing baseball for a few years and was satisfied with his productively. Bowen has seen action in the outfield and also was able to help the team at shortstop in the districts. He indicated he was also satisfied with his defensive performances in the outfield.

Rainouts and other factors contributed to only 12 games for the Panthers going into the districts.

“We have to be ready to play,” Bowens said.

The Panther suffered a tough loss in the districts but will have Bowens and other key players returning for 2015.