Arlington Bowie baseball has no tradition to speak of.
The Volunteers have never won a playoff game, much less a series, since the program started in 1991. Bowie baseball is known most for producing three-time major league All-Star and Yankees outfielder Vernon Wells, who graduated in 1997.
Bowie baseball playoff history
2002: Swept by Euless Trinity 2-0, 3-2 in bi-district round
2004: Swept by Grapevine 7-1, 8-6 in bi-district round
2010: Swept by Burleson 19-15, 6-5 in bi-district round
2013: Bi-district matchup against Keller Fossil Ridge
Game 1: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Bowie
Game 2: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Fossil Ridge
Game 3 (if necessary): 2 p.m. Saturday at TCU
This years team, after losing 6-1 to Dallas Jesuit on March 7 to drop its record to 3-8, appeared headed for another forgettable season.
We came back to the clubhouse after the loss and I kind of threw a fit, and we just all had a meltdown, Bowie coach Bill Jenkins said. After that, it was about 10:30 at night, and we decided wed all go out and have a 30-minute practice, and it was the best practice weve ever had. Weve been playing great baseball ever since.
The Volunteers won 17 of their final 20 games to finish tied for second in District 3-5A and earned the teams fourth postseason appearance.
Jenkins pointed to the steady performance of senior pitcher Robby Medel and production from Quintin Rohrbaugh and Ricky Torres, both of whom hit over .500 in district. The insertion of sophomore Sammy Resendez into the leadoff position of the lineup after the slow start might have paid the biggest dividends. The outfielder hit over .400 and consistently got on base during district play.
Were having a lot of fun with it, just rolling with it right now, but its kind of weird because theres really no baseball tradition at Bowie, so its kind of cool to make one, said Medel, who signed with TCU in November.
Bowie (20-11) opens a best-of-three bi-district series against Keller Fossil Ridge (23-6) at home at 7:30 p.m. Thursday
The teams history is not lost on Jenkins, who has been with the school for 10 years, seven as the head coach.
Were in uncharted territory, he said. For us its our World Series. Were not playing to win one game, were going to try and win the series.
Bowie first made the playoffs in 2002 under coach Curt Culbertson, who was there from 1991-2002 and has since moved a couple miles down Interstate 20 to one of the top teams in the state at Arlington Martin. The Vols were swept by Euless Trinity in 2002.
Bowie returned to the postseason in 2004 with head coach Art Senato, only to be swept by Grapevine. The Vols did not return to the playoffs until 2010, when they lost to Burleson in two games.
Nobody expects us to win, but we do, and thats all that matters, Medel said. To win a series would be awesome, because every time we play, no matter who it is, they say Bowies terrible. For the Bowie baseball team to come out of the first round, it would be something to remember in this district for a long time.
Jarret Johnson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @JohnsonJarret
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