Silo wins 13th ti­tle un­der Bowen

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS - BY JA­COB UN­RUH Staff Writer

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.”

THE OKLAHOMAN] [PHOTO BY SARAH PHIPPS,

Silo play­ers cel­e­brate win­ning the Class 2A state base­ball cham­pi­onship game over Dale on Sat­ur­day at Chick­a­saw Brick­town Ball­park in Ok­la­homa City.

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