Bowie's softball season appeared to crumble along with senior shortstop Erin King's knee on April 2. Bulldogs Coach Sarah Bible was forced to reposition everyone in her lineup, and they had one practice to get ready for Maryland 4A South champion Eleanor Roosevelt.
With King headed for her fourth knee surgery, freshman Katie Nallie moved from second base to shortstop, and senior Erin Tyler moved from third to second for the first time since her freshman year. Somehow, all the jumbling worked. Bowie won that game, 7-0, and moved to 8-0 last Saturday with a 20-1 victory over C.H. Flowers.
"This group has been together for several years," said Bible, who has seven seniors, six of whom have played at least three years for her, "and they know this is an opportunity they have waited for for a long, long time."
The one senior who has played only two seasons for Bowie is pitcher Christina Gosweiler, who transferred from Pallotti before last season. Against Flowers, Gosweiler threw 67 pitches in the six-inning victory, 55 for strikes.
-- Alan Goldenbach