Baseball: Bowie dominating Prince George’s 4A league


Bowie coach Bob Estes (center) and catcher Matt Bieler talk to relief pitcher Will Johnson during a game last season. The Bulldogs are off to a 6-0 start this season and winning in dominant fashion. (Doug Kapustin/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
April 11, 2012

Perhaps no team in any sport has been more dominant so far this spring than the Bowie baseball team, which has outscored opponents by a combined 99-6 in winning its six games. All but one of those games were called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

Still, playing in the relatively weak Prince George’s 4A league, it might be difficult to assess how good Bowie is.

“It’s kind of hard to tell,” Bulldogs Coach Bob Estes said. “We’re better than the last couple years. Last year, we didn’t have much of a hitting team. This year, we have hitting up and down the lineup. And we have power in the middle.”

Bowie’s lineup has been bolstered by a pair of transfers, senior Brady Barr from DeMatha and junior Mack O’Brien from Pallotti.

Barr, who is batting .737 with three home runs and 12 runs batted in, singled, tripled, was walked intentionally and drove in two runs in Tuesday’s 11-1 victory over Wise, the Maryland 4A South Region defending champion. O’Brien doubled and drove in a run in that game, while junior catcher Matt Bieler, a third-year starter, tripled and drove in two runs. Second baseman Bennett Garner had two hits and an RBI.

On the mound. Senior Dylan Crossed and junior Chris Golden have gotten the job done. Crossed struck out seven in the victory over Wise. And when the Bulldogs need him, Bieler has been a weapon behind the plate, throwing out eight of nine would-be base stealers.

The competition, though, should get a bit tougher next week, with games against C.H. Flowers (4-2-1) and Eleanor Roosevelt (7-1).

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