Defending state champion Owls split with Asher, Comanche to open Bowman
The Class 4A defending state champions kicked off Pool B of the 44th annual Bo Bowman Tournament on Thursday, splitting a pair of pool play games with Comanche and Asher.
In the Owls’ 6-3 win over Comanche, Gage McElhaney was sharp, earning the win on the mound by tossing six innings while striking out eight Indians and only giving up two hits. Lance Bianchini, who secured the final outs in last season’s state title win over Blanchard, earned the save in the seventh and struck out a batter.
McElhaney, an All-State cross country runner, who didn’t play last season after recovering from a broken leg injury, didn’t yield a single earned run while also delivering an RBI triple at the plate and later scoring a run himself.
“Gage was fantastic,” said Elgin coach Levi Garrett, whose Owls are now 9-7 and will take on Altus and Eisenhower today — at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. — when pool play continues. “Gage threw the ball really well even though we didn’t play super clean defense for him.”