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|Bowden gets championship|
All through his high school and collegiate career, Barry Bowden has come close to a championship, only to come up a game or two short.
Bowden now has a championship ring to show off after the Burlington Bees captured the Midwest League championship playoff series by taking two games from South Bend.
"I've come close a number of times," said Bowden, a two-time Class AA Player of the Year while pitching at Vidalia High. "It feels good to finally win a champinship."Due to heavy rains caused by the weather system that was covering much of the country, the rest of the Midwest League championship series was cancelled. With a 2-0 lead in the series, the Bees have been named Midwest League champions for 2008.
With various instructional and fall leagues approaching quickly and no foreseeable end in sight to the rain fall, the decision was made to cancel the rest of the series.
The Bees took the first two games of the series against South Bend by a combined score of 18-0 and allowed just five total hits. The Bees also had a perfect playoff record of 6-0.
The Bees opened the Midwest League championship series with a 6-0 victory over South Bend on September 10 at Community Field. Danny Gutierrez pitched six shutout innings with 11 strikeouts while Mike Moustakas hit a three run homerun in the third inning.
The bullpen was just as good for the Bees. Tony Bradley, Paul Raglione, and Bowden each threw an inning without allowing a hit. In all, Bees pitchers allowed no runs on two hits with 14 strikeouts and one walk.
Bowden faced three batters in the ninth inning, retiring all three, including a strikeout to get the save."It felt good especially after giving up two runs in my last outing," Bowden said. "That really helped my confidence."
Bowden is visiting friends in Hattiesburg and is looking forward to a short break before next season.
"I'm keeping an open mind," Bowden said about where he will start next year. "I feel like I should start in high Class A. I would love that. But right now I am ready to rest."
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