Glynn Academy pitcher Will Bowdoin said he can’t recall throwing a no-hitter before Monday night’s region opener against Bradwell Institute.
It wasn’t a full seven-inning effort — Glynn Academy combined for 10 runs in the second and third innings to win 10-0 after five — but Bowdoin’s 12 strikeouts against 15 batters faced suggests he was on a torrid pace, had the game lasted a full seven innings.
Bowdoin’s outing follows a six-inning, no-hit performance from senior Alex Colon on Friday. It also transforms back-to-back 10-0 wins against Brantley and Ware counties into a streak of three-straight run rulings.
The Red Terrors’ timing is key. Monday night’s game at Edo Miller Field was Glynn Academy’s region opener, and the Terrors will start this crucial stretch of the season in the driver’s seat.
“We felt that way early on that offensively we’d do some things,” head coach Greg Roberts said. “And we continue to get good pitching performances too, and that helps a lot.”
Bowdoin started the top of the first by striking out the side. With no run support in the bottom of the frame, Bowdoin marched back out to the mound and struck out two more in the second inning.
The offensive wave came in the bottom of the second after a leadoff walk from Paul Hegeman. Colon and Matt Rivers bunted the bases loaded and Hunter Hall drew a walk to plate the first run for the Red Terrors. Carter Hutchinson roped a two-RBI single and Randon Jernigan hit a shallow line drive into the right field game to drive in two more runs. He later scored on an error.
Glynn Academy scratched across four more runs in the following frame on RBI singles from Jace Wilder and Jernigan.
Back on the mound, Bowdoin struck out two more batters in both in the third and fourth innings, and bookended his outing with another trifecta to end the game.
Bowdoin entered the 2017 season as a second-team preseason all-state pitcher, following his 2016 sophomore campaign. Bowdoin was a regular region-series starter as a sophomore, and Roberts said expectations were for him to play basically the same role as a junior, this time with more velocity and better confidence and command in his off speed pitches.
Bowdoin said he has increased the velocity on his fastball from mid 80s as a sophomore, to high 80s as a junior.
“I was locating all three pitches today,” Bowdoin said. “I’ve been working with coach Roberts and (pitching) coach (Jim) Horton all fall and winter, and I believe it’s paying off.”
Bowdoin entertained scouts from a handful of Division I schools Monday night, including Mercer and West Virginia. He recently received his first formal offer from Atlantic Sun Conference power Lipscomb University (Tenn.). Not every school is after just his arm. Furman (S.C.) likes him as a “two-way guy,” who could hit and pitch.
The regular season is first on Bowdoin’s mind at the moment, and he said he may survey his options and come to a college decision earlier at the end of the summer. But a college decision isn’t the only thing Bowdoin wants to make this summer.
In his senior season, Bowdoin thinks his fastball can touch 90.
Glynn Academy will travel to Hinesville Wednesday for Game 2 of the three-game series, which concludes on Friday at Edo Miller.