Silo wins 13th title under Bowen
Veteran Silo coach Billy Jack Bowen measured the right time to make his grand entrance.
About the time his Silo players were all in on the dogpile, Bowen jogged from outside the dugout, jumped, spun and landed on his back on top of the players.
For a veteran coach of more than 30 years, it was the first time he’s truly celebrated in that manner with his players. But this group was special.
“We don’t color our hair or stuff like that,” Bowen said. “Each group is unique. It never gets old. I owed them that. They deserve everything they can get.”
No. 1-ranked Silo picked up its 13th state championship under Bowen by beating championship game rival No. 3 Dale 10-7 Saturday afternoon at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in the Class 2A state title game.
It’s Silo’s second straight spring title and fourth in six years. The Rebels (29-4) have played in seven straight spring title games, facing Dale a handful of times. Silo now holds a 3-2 advantage.
Bowen has won nearly 2,000 games along with 18 titles in his storied career at Bokchito, Rock Creek and Silo.
In that span, he’s coached fathers and sons. Silo junior Kash Walls is the latest.
Walls, who hit the decisive two-run homer off the video ribbon in left field during a four-run fourth, now has two titles with Bowen. So does his older brother K.C. Their father, Ray, was a member of Bowen’s first title team at Bokchito in the fall of 1988.
“It was great whenever I won it, but watching my boys accomplish this is absolutely amazing,’ Ray said.
Kash made things work the past two weeks with a lower leg injury that hindered running.
He drove in three runs Saturday, none bigger than his two-run blast.
Dale (24-10) had rallied with a five-run fourth, including a grand slam by Drew Reed off Silo ace Carson Atwood. But Atwood responded with a two-run double ahead of Walls’ mammoth homer.
"I was trying to find a hole somewhere," Walls said. "That pitch was right there for me and I did what did with it and never looked back.”
Silo players celebrate winning the Class 2A state baseball championship game over Dale on Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.