Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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May 26, 2007

Asbury nets 4 from region

ASHLAND — Forgive Asbury College baseball coach Lee Rogers if he seems a little distracted next week.

While his body will be in Wilmore trying to focus on what it takes to start a baseball program, his eyes and mind will be keeping close tabs on the 16th Region baseball tournament.

After all, four of his main building blocks for that program will be in Morehead trying to clinch a championship for their respective teams.

Greg Bowling (Boyd County), James Barber (Ashland), Aaron Rowe (Greenup County) and Logan Barker (Rowan County) will be enemies on the diamond next week, but the four will embark on trying to lay down a solid foundation for Eagle baseball in the fall.

“This is an excellent baseball area,” Rogers said. “These kids are great Christian kids. We are a spiritual campus and our campus meets the needs for those guys while allowing them to play baseball.”

Bowling, a shortstop and pitcher, said he is excited about getting the ball rolling at Asbury.

“They haven’t had a team the last five years,’’ Bowling said. “Just to get a program started is a lot of fun.’’

Asbury is a Christian liberal arts college that ranked third this year among comprehensive colleges in the South by U.S. News & World Report. For Bowling, spiritual considerations were a high priority.

“Very big,’’ he said. “That’s the main thing I was looking for in a school. Asbury is a great place for me to play baseball, too.’’

Bowling, who ranks in the Top 10 of his senior class, received MVP honors in the 64th District Tournament this week. He went 4-for-4 and drove in two runs as Boyd County beat Ashland 6-1 in the finals.

The performance pushed Bowling’s season batting average to .472, including 12 extra-base hits. He has scored 30 runs and knocked in 29 for the state’s 24th-ranked team.

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