By Miriam Raftery
April 20, 2015 (Ramona)--Move over, Babe Ruth. There’s a new pitcher-slugger on the mound.
Hanah Bowen, a sophonmore at Ramona High School and pitcher for the Bulldogs, is one tough competitor. She came back from a back injury to smack a two-run homerun in the league opener, helping lead her team to a 14-2 victory against Oceanside on April 14th .
That game ended after five innings due to the league’s “mercy rule” when one team dominates the other by 10 runs or more, the Ramona Sentinel reports.
So how do you top that feat?
On April 16th, squaring off against Mission Vista High School, Bowen pitched a perfect game, keeping Mission Vista from hitting, scoring, or even reaching base. The Bulldogs sailed to a 2-0 win. No pressure, though – Bowen reportedly didn’t realize she’d pitched a perfect game until other players congratulated her afterwards.
The team’s final game before league play was on April 13th, when Bowen pitched a complete game against Westview, allowing just five hits. She also batted .500, getting hits two out of four times at the plate.
Bulldogs coach Cori McDonald called the team’s latest victory “a huge win.” As for Bowen, he says, “It’s nice to have her back in the full swing of things now.”