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For Erskine-bound Bowers, the less pitches the better
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L-ES ZAC BOWERS SIGNED a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Erskine Collee while flanked by his parents, Randy Bowers and Monica Brown. Standing, from left, are L-E assistant baseball coach and Kershaw County Post 17 American Legion head coach Craig Smith, L-E pitching coach Jeremy Ray, L-E head baseball coach Randy Stokes, L-E assistant baseball coach David Stokes and L-E High athletics director Scott Jones.
In this age of baseball in which pitchers are always looking to add another pitch to their repertoire, Zac Bowers is in the reduction mode.Bowers, a senior right-hander at Lugoff-Elgin, cemented thecommitment to Erskine College, which he made last summer, by signing a National Letter of Intent with the Flying Fleet last Wednesday.“It’s been a pretty long wait but it’s all been worth it, in the long run,” Bowers said of the time between his pledge and finally signing with Kevin Nichols’ program.The 6-foot Bowers, who was scheduled to start the Demons’ Tuesday night game with Richland Northeast, took a 3-2 record into that contest along with one save. In 36 innings of work for Randy Stokes’ troops this season, Bowers has fanned 44 batters, allowed 21 hits and has pitched to a 1.56 earned run average.Those numbers come after a junior campaign in which Bowers won four of his last five decisions to finish with a 4-4 record. He followed that by winning four of his five decisions for the Kershaw County Post 17 American legion team last summer, closing with a 2-0, nine-strikeout, three-hitter against a Murrell’s Inlet team which advanced to the state tournament.Armed with an arsenal of pitches including a two-seam and four-seam fastball, a slider which acts like a curveball, a 12-to-6 curveball and a changeup, Bowers said he will probably stop throwing one of those once he arrives on the Due West campus.“When I get to Erskine,” he said, “I probably won’t throw a curveball anymore.