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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • PHS's Bowker selected to Heartland Baseball Classic

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  • Class of 2013 Plainview pitcher/catcher James Bowker was selected to the Fourth Annual Heartland Baseball Classic, which is to be played June 17-22 at Southmoore High School and Norman North High School.
    Bowker, the All-Ardmoreite Pitcher of the Year and an Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State selection, will suit up for Team Oklahoma against select teams from Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Ohio and Texas. Each team will play each other once over the first four days of the tournament before beginning a playoff that will be decided June 21-22.
    The Heartland Classic was previously named the Sunbelt Classic, until 2010. In 2012, Texas defeated Oklahoma 7-6 in the championship game.
    Bowker, a Murray State signee, was 12-1 on the mound for Plainview this spring with a 0.21 earned run average and 107 strikeouts in 66 3/3 innings. He also batted .419 with four home runs and 43 RBIs for the Class 4A state finalists.
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    2013 Heartland Classic Baseball Roster
    Team Oklahoma
    Blake Battenfield, Verdigris; Garrett Benge, Yukon; James Bowker, Plainview; Austin Cranford, Norman North; Tre Edwards, Southmoore; Austin Feathers, Sapulpa; Dylan Fazekas, Red Oak; Isaac Hollihan, Claremore; Gavin LaValley, Carl Albert; Holden Lyons, Edmond North; Justin McGregor, Carl Albert; Garrett Odom, Tulsa Union; Jon Pendergraft, Tulsa Union;Parker Rigler, Edmond Memorial; Gage Trahan, Tecumseh; Steve Thompson, Carl Albert;Quin Walbergh, Edmond Santa Fe; Matt Whatley, Claremore
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