Class 4A baseball: Carter Bowker's walk-off single gives Plainview semifinal victory over Byng

Plainview will play Berryhill at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Shawnee for state championship.
by Jason Kersey Published: May 10, 2013
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EDMOND — With the game tied in the bottom of the seventh inning, Plainview junior Carter Bowker stood in the on-deck circle, watched Byng call for an intentional walk and sent up a prayer.


“That was just a bad idea on their part,” Bowker said with a grin. “They shouldn't have done that.”

Bowker's walk-off single to right field capped a four-run seventh and secured the Indians' 4-3 Class 4A semifinal win Friday.

Plainview meets Berryhill in Saturday's 3:30 p.m. state championship game at Shawnee.

Byng opened the scoring Friday with Andre Davis' first inning sacrifice fly. Davis added an RBI double in the third, and the Pirates took a 3-0 lead with Joe Nemecek's fourth inning RBI single.

All the while, Plainview couldn't manage much offense at all and entered the last half inning down 3-0.

The Indians drew three straight walks, then Devin Hartman's two-run single pulled Plainview within one. During the next at-bat, senior James Bowker stole third base and scored a few pitches later on a passed ball.

“He was playing back, and the pitcher wasn't giving me any second thought,” James Bowker said of his stolen base. “I'm a senior. I don't want this to me my last game, so I've gotta pull through with something big.”


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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