The Richmond Register

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June 22, 2014

L.L. BASEBALL: Bowen fans 9 to lead Tigers to 12-3 win

RICHMOND — What a difference three days make.

Wednesday, the Greenbox Tigers’ offense was a no-show as they were no-hit in a 4-0 shutout loss to the Grant’s Excavating Indians.

The loss forced a one-game-winner-take-all championship rematch with the Indians Saturday for the Richmond Little League Minor League American Division crown.

Saturday it was a completely different story for the Tigers.

This time it was starting pitcher Austin Bowen who was the dominate force on the mound. Bowen struck out nine Indians’ batters while giving up only three hits in 4 2/3 innings.

And the Tigers’ bats, which were missing in action on Wednesday, came alive in a big way. The Tigers pounding out  10 hits and took advantage of eight walks and five hit batters to score 12 runs on their way to a 12-3 win to claim the division title.

Things looked good for the Indians early on as they picked up two runs in the top of the first inning to jump out to an early lead.

But the Tigers quickly answered back.

Bowen laced a triple to the right center field fence to get things started. He scored one batter later on a single by Aiden Carter. Brady Masters followed with another triple to plate Carter to knot it up at 2-2.

Back-to-back singles by Landon Brock and Devin Foster made it 4-2 Tigers after an inning.

The Tigers added two runs in the second inning aided by three bases on balls. Foster picked up his second RBI in as many innings with a single to right scoring Bowen. Carter scored on an overthrow at third base to put the Tigers on top 6-2.

The Indians tried to fight back, scratching out a run in the third. Ty Hadley started things off with a double. He came around to score on a single by Gabe Nichols to cut the lead to 6-3.

But the Tigers quickly extended their lead, plating two runs in the bottom of the third to make it 8-3.

They then put the game away in the fourth, manufacturing four runs on three hit batters a walk and a triple by Carter. Carter’s steal of home made it 12-3.

Carter led the way for the Tigers at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two singles and a triple and five RBI.

Masters had a pair of doubles and three RBI, while Brock and Foster each had two singles and two RBI and Bowen had a triple.

For the Indians, Fox had a double, single and an RBI, while Hadley also had a double single and RBI and Nichols had a pair of singles.

Following the game the Minor League All-Stars were announced.

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