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Ramona junior romps as pitcher or hitter

04/02/2016, 8:00am PDT
By Terry Monahan

Opposing batters hit just .178 against Bulldogs standout

Winning a San Diego Section championship, which would be Ramona’s first in softball, is the top priority this season for Hannah Bowen.

— Hannah Bowen’s passion goes back to kindergarten when she would wait for her dad, Raymond, to come home from work.

Then she would play catch in the backyard until someone said it was time to come in.

It was the best of times.

Twelve years later, Bowen is still a softball player, a pitcher at Ramona High.

When her days as a Bulldog end, she will play next at the University of Arizona.

“I’m very competitive,” Bowen said. “I love the pressure. It keeps me going.

“I love that it’s all on me as the pitcher. I know the defense is behind me, but the game is mine to take charge of.”

The junior contributes in the circle as a pitcher and at the plate as Ramona’s cleanup hitter.

As a sophomore, she batted .481 with five home runs and 39 RBIs, socking 17 extra-base hits and striking out just once in 79 at-bats.

She batted .422 with 20 RBIs as a freshman.

It’s as a pitcher that the 5-foot-4½ Bowen has established her reputation. She was 6-4 with a 2.30 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 54 innings as a ninth-grader.

Last season, Bowen was 12-5 with a 1.27 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 105 innings. Opposing batters hit just .178.

“When I’m not playing softball, I’m focused on softball,” Bowen said. “I’m so into softball I want to be a softball coach one day.

“That would be good enough for me for the rest of my life.”

The rare moments when Bowen is not on a softball field are spent close to home.

Courtesy of her mom, Kimberly, who grew up in Oregon, Bowen loves to ride her horse, Dixie, whom she’s had for seven years since she got too big to ride her pony, Dolly.

Bowen and her parents ride on a trail behind the house.

“I haven’t ever done competition,” Bowen said. “I mainly just ride to get my mind off my problems and relax.

“I always loved Dolly, but my mom said it was time to get on a big horse.

“Wow, those horses were so much bigger than me.”

Something else big for Bowen these days is trying to win a San Diego Section championship in softball, a feat Ramona has never accomplished. Twice the Bulldogs have finished as runners-up.

Putting up that first banner is her top priority for a team that won nine of its first 12 games this season.

“Once you put up the first banner, they can’t ever take it away,” Bowen said. “That banner will live there in the gym forever.

“We have to be fearless and play as a team. I know we can show everyone that Ramona is good in this sport.”

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