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Baseball: South Feature Athlete - Serra Catholic’s Zach Bowen

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Name: Zach Bowen
High School: Serra Catholic
Grade: 10
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher/Shortstop/Second Baseman

Background: Bowen achieved an impressive feat by tossing a perfect game in a win against Clairton on April 27. But when Bowen did the same thing in his next appearance against Geibel Catholic on May 2, he added his name to the national record books. Bowen, a sophomore right-hander, became only the fourth pitcher to throw consecutive perfect games. They were also the first two perfect games in school history. Bowen is having an outstanding season for Serra, which is 18-2 and earned the No. 2 seed in the WPIAL Class A playoffs. The Eagles play Springdale (8-11) today in a first-round game. Bowen is 6-0 with a 1.06 ERA and has 49 strikeouts in 26 ⅓ innings. He's walked only five and hitters are batting just .163 against him. He also bats better than .400, which is one of the top marks on the team.

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Baseball: Improved hitting has Serra Catholic poised for deep playoff run

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Serra Catholic batted less than .250 as a team last season, an amazing statistic considering the Eagles advanced to the WPIAL Class A semifinals and qualified for the PIAA playoffs.

The team has upped that average more than 100 points this season, and the improved offensive production could have them headed for an even deeper postseason run.

"Our improvement hitting [has been the biggest key this season]," Serra coach Brian Dzurenda said. "We went from a team last year that qualified for states, but hit .246 as a team. We're hitting .376 as a team this year. I think that's been a major difference."

Serra (18-2) has one of the best offenses in Class A. The Eagles are averaging 10.8 runs per game and have scored at least 10 runs 13 times.

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Baseball: Serra’s Bowen perfect again

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Johnny Vander Meer accomplished one of the most remarkable feats in major league history when he tossed two consecutive no-hitters in 1938.

Seventy-eight years later, a sophomore from Serra Catholic posted back-to-back outings that were even better than Vander Meer's.

Zach Bowen threw his second straight perfect game Monday to lead Serra to a 17-0 victory at Geibel Catholic. Bowen pitched his other perfect game last Wednesday in a 17-0, five-inning win at Clairton. Granted, Geibel and Clairton aren't exactly the Boston Bees and Brooklyn Dodgers - Vander Meer's opponents - but Bowen's two-game streak of perfection has been impressive, nonetheless.

Bowen struck out 12 against Clairton and eight against Geibel. He added four RBIs against Geibel.

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Baseball: As usual, Serra Catholic one of the best in Class A

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Death. Taxes. Serra Catholic having a good baseball team.

Those are pretty much the three guarantees in life.

Thus, it likely comes as little surprise to anyone that Serra is again one of the best teams in WPIAL Class A. The Eagles are 12-1 overall and and 5-1 in Section 2. Their only loss came to section leader and defending WPIAL champion Greensburg Central Catholic, 8-4, on April 16. The Eagles and Centurions will meet once more this season.

Serra has gotten offensive with opposing pitching. The Eagles are averaging 11.3 runs per game and have scored at least 10 runs nine times. Both of their games last week resulted in lopsided victories. The Eagles defeated Geibel Catholic, 13-2, and Ringgold, 15-3. They routed Monessen, 19-0, Monday.

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Softball: Pitcher leads Serra Catholic to 4-0 start

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Sam Andrekanic has been one of the most impressive pitchers in Class A the first few weeks of the season.

Her strong play has helped Serra Catholic to a 4-0 start.

Andrekanic, a senior, is putting up some terrific numbers. She is 4-0 with a 1.12 ERA and has 38 strikeouts in 25 innings. She's allowed only 12 hits and has walked two.

Andrekanic is making an impact offensively, as well. She's hitting .385 with four extra-base hits (two doubles and two triples) and six RBIs. Senior Gia Husnick is batting .667 with seven RBIs, leading the Eagles in both categories.