Bailey Bowen is entering her freshman year at North Oconee High School with something to prove.
“I feel sometimes that I need to prove myself and other times I just feel like I can go out there and do my best and that’ll be enough,” Bowen said. “I don’t have to impress or be afraid that I’ll be judged at all.”
She doesn’t have to worry about being judged, just improving throughout the upcoming season. After the Lady Titans picked their team for the 2020 season, Bowen was informed she’d made the school’s junior varsity team as a freshman.
Bowen was part of a Malcom Bridge Middle School team that went 19-0 last season.
With multiple starters from that team moving to the high school club at NOHS there are plenty of young pieces for new head coach Billy Dooley to get excited about.
Bowen hopes for a lot of success in high school. She has chemistry with a lot of her teammates from MBMS since she’s played with most of them for multiple years prior to reaching high school.
“I think that we will accomplish a lot,” Bowen said. “We mesh pretty well together because I’ve known these girls for a long time. I think that we can do great things together.”
Bowen’s travel ball season has officially come to an end.
She ended the summer season with a few big games and some confidence heading into her first high school season.
Bowen plays for Triple Threat Softball Academy based in Atlanta during the travel ball season.
This past weekend at the Atlanta Legacy Showcase Bowen hit .500 with three extra base hits.
One of those three hits was a home run. Bowen also turned two double plays while playing shortstop.
Her performance has made Bowen this week’s Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation/Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week.
Bowen came out of the stoppage of play that was caused by the COVID-19 pandemic with the intention of improving as a player.
“I didn’t want to fall behind,” Bowen said. “I wanted to get better. I wanted to be better than anything happened. I wanted to be the best out there. I wanted to work hard.”
Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation/Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week is chosen by the sports staff of The Oconee Enterprise. You are welcome to email nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday at 10 a.m.
Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation can be reached at www.oconeept.com