By TJ Millman
The high school softball season may be over, but that didn’t stop Milford’s Rajene Bowe, Nia Bowe, and CJ Kohel from claiming the title at the 2017 USSSA World Series. The three girls and their team, the Delaware Express, played fourteen total games en route to their title, winning six in one day.
Milford’s Nia and Rajene Bowe are cousins and made up two-thirds of the outfield for the Express. Nia played third base for Milford’s State Championship Team this year, but was excited to play in the outfield alongside her cousin.
“It is amazing getting to play with my high school teammates, especially my cousin Rajene Bowe. This was special because it was our last time getting to play together,” Nia Bowe said.
Nia also added two home runs over the tournament, including her first ever grand slam.
Rajene Bowe played centerfield for Milford and the Express, provided solid defense, and pressured the base paths like she has done throughout her softball career. Bowe earned double digit steals and even hit a home run in the championship game. She was named USSSA World Series Tournament MVP as well. This capped off an incredibly successful year for Rajene, who also earned First Team All-State after her senior season.
“I love being able to play with my teammates from school. Our team has multiple groups of girls that go to school together, and getting to win a state championship and the USSSA World Series in the same year with my Milford girls is the best feeling,” Rajene Bowe said.
Soon to be junior CJ Kohel played catcher for the Express, and provided realibility behind the plate that is essential to any winning team. Kohel was a brick wall for the Bucs all season, and is no slouch at the plate either. She acknowledged how tough playing six games in a row is, but said that her love for her team helped her to pull through.
“We had to play six straight games to get to the semi-finals. We had to be at the field at 5:30 AM to start warming up, and we would have played eight straight games if not for a rain delay. It was tough, but we played for each other and used that to push through the soreness,” Kohel said.
Those six straight games managed to take over 12 hours and show the physical and mental strength of all the girls involved.
“It was tough, but we had to keep our energy up and take each game one at a time. We couldn’t think about how many games we had played. We just kept looking forward,” Nia Bowe said.
The Bowe’s both graduated this past season, but they continue to play summer ball for their teammates, as well as to keep their skills sharp for college. Both girls will be taking their game to the next level next year and are sure to find success.
Whether it’s in college or in high school, these girls will continue to make Milford proud.
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