After defeating the Heard County Braves 12-2 in Franklin on Wednesday, the Bowdon Red Devils defeated Bremen 4-0 on Thursday to win the ‘Small School Division Championship’ of the West Georgia Middle School Athletic Conference.
On Wednesday, Bowdon’s 7th Grade hurler, A.J. Duffie, proved to be too much for Heard County’s offense. Duffie allowed only two runs on four hits, while striking out five with no walks. The offense more than backed their pitcher, exploding for 15 hits and 12 runs. The Red Devils scored multiple runs in every inning to end the game early. Trista Gay and Hayden Salter each had three hits. Roze Langley and Andria Strange also had multiple hits. Salter, Gay, and Anna Messer led the way with three RBIs a piece. Reagan Thompson and Madalyn Langley also drove in runs. Thompson scored three times in the game, as did Roze Langley and Trista Gay. Caroline Huggins also scored for the Red Devils. The win would advance Bowdon to the championship game against Bremen the very next day.
In Bremen, Bowdon threatened early but couldn’t score when Reagan Thompson stole second and third after reaching on a bunt single. Bremen also threatened in the bottom of the inning, but a strikeout courtesy of Roze Langley would strand runners at 2nd and 3rd. Bremen would not reach third base again in the ball game. In her final middle school game, Langley dominated. She struck out five, scattered seven hits and allowed no walks. In the second inning, Duffie doubled and stole third. The throw would wind up in left field and she scored the first run of the game. With two outs in the 3rd, Reagan Thompson drilled a triple to deep right. She would score on Trista Gay’s double. In the 4th, Roze Langley added some insurance when she doubled in Caroline Huggins, who singled earlier in the inning. After reaching on a single, Madalyn Langley motored home on Trista Gay’s single for the final run of the game. Anna Messer also singled for the Red Devils.
After some bumps, bruises, and heart-breaking losses early in the season, Bowdon put it all together at the right time. Impressively, the Red Devils played error-free ball in both playoff games and didn’t walk a single batter. They outscored their opponents 16-2 and out-hit them 24-11. It was a complete team effort that resulted in a championship. Bowdon is coached by Chad Brown, Mark Huggins, and Libby Brock. 8th Graders: Reagan Thompson, Anna Messer, Hayden Salter, Madalyn Langley, Roze Langley, and Trista Gay. 7th Graders: A.J. Duffie and Magiee Hurtado. 6th Graders: Mary Ellen Thompson, Andria Strange, Kaydee Cooley, Carli Daniel, and Caroline Huggins. GO BIG RED!