Massachusetts Baseball POY: Ben Bowden

Massachusetts Baseball POY: Ben Bowden

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Massachusetts Baseball POY: Ben Bowden

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THE WINNER: Ben Bowden

THE BASICS

School: Lynn English (Lynn, Mass.)

Grade: Senior

Position: LHP

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 220 pounds

Athletic achievementHe posted a 4-2 record with a 0.67 ERA on the mound for the Bulldogs (8-10) in the regular season. Bowden also had a save and has struck out 84 batters in 52 innings pitched, scattering 29 hits and 10 walks. At the plate, he owned a .459 on-base percentage and 13 RBI.A member of the Boston Herald All-Scholastic Team, he was a Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason High School First Team All-Northeast Region selection.

Academic excellence: Bowden has maintained a B average. 

Exemplary characterA mentor for eighth-grade students, he has volunteered locally on behalf of a community soup kitchen. 

THE PRAISE

“When Bowden hits his spots, he’s unhittable,” said Jason Tarasuik, head coach at Marblehead (Mass.). “He has a dominating fastball, he changes speeds and hits his locations. He has a great presence on the mound.” 

THE FUTUREBowden has signed with Vanderbilt.

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