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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Bowlan smacks game-winner

  • Shawnee had the lead, then Guthrie had the lead, but Shawnee got in the last word when Casey Bowlan ripped a walk-off run-scoring shot to deep center and the Wolves avenged an earlier loss to the Bluejays with a 5-4 final Thursday at Memorial Park.
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  • Shawnee had the lead, then Guthrie had the lead, but Shawnee got in the last word when Casey Bowlan ripped a walk-off run-scoring shot to deep center and the Wolves avenged an earlier loss to the Bluejays with a 5-4 final Thursday at Memorial Park.
     
    Class 5A’s fourth-ranked Bluejays won 11-1 Tuesday at their place.
     
    “I was pleased with our effort. I thought our kids responded (after Tuesday’s loss) and competed and played hard,” said Shawnee skipper Todd Boyer. “I was proud of them in the seventh… it showed me a little bit about them.”
     
    The Wolves led 3-0 after two innings, and 3-1 after three. Guthrie cut into the lead one more time and made it 3-2 in the top of the fifth, and the Bluejays followed with a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh.
     
    Cue some timely hitting by the home team.
     
    Catcher Josh Rolette ripped a one-out triple into the right field corner to score Colin Robertson from first and knot the score at 4, and Bowlan followed with his knock over the center fielder’s head to push Rolette home for the win. Robertson had reached first on an error.
     
    “We’ve had a pretty tough schedule to start with, but we’re getting better every time out,” Boyer said.
     
    The 12th-ranked Wolves are now 3-4 overall and 3-3 in their district. Their opposition to date has included No. 5 Bishop McGuinness (twice) and No. 4 McAlester.
     
    Starter Brock Maldonado (1-0) earned the pitching win Thursday. In 2 1/3 innings, he gave up one earned run on no hits while fanning two batters and walking five.
     
    Kyler Rogers closed, giving up three runs (one earned) on two hits. He struck out five and issued one walk.
     
    “I thought Kyler did an excellent job. I thought it was his best outing,” Boyer said.
     
    Guthrie’s Jacob Chappell absorbed the loss in relief.
     
    Shawnee will face host Guymon in an 11 a.m. doubleheader Saturday.
     
    Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith.

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