Shreveport ballplayer reaches for the majors

By Kamady Rudd |

Published 07/02 2014 08:35PM

Updated 07/02 2014 08:40PM

Summer vacation isn’t exactly a vacation for everyone, but for Captain Shreve senior Bryant Bowen his summer work doesn’t feel like work either.

“I love it and that’s what I’m going to pursue,” Bryant said.

Bowen plans on turning baseball into a career. His family has supported his dream from the beginning, and since followed him all around the country.

“We call it the farewell tour,” Jay Bowen, Bryant’s dad said.

The most recent trip is to New York City. An invite only event where Bryant will sport a Mets jersey and play against the best high school baseball players in the country.

“It’s exciting as a parent to know your child’s being looked at by a high level of baseball, but he’s put the time and work in,” Jay said.

In games you can find Bryant behind the plate, catching. He was very hesitant to play the position at first, but grew to love it.

“I hated it, thought that’ where I shouldn’t play. I just kind of fell into it and kind of picked up on it. Now, it would be hard for me to change what I do,” Bryant said.

Catching takes a toll on the body. Luckily it hasn’t on Bryant. He catches one to two games daily during tournaments, and he said if he played a position that wasn’t as grueling he doesn’t think he’d ever come off the field.

“I tell them if I played another position I could play baseball for 24 hours straight,” Bryant said.

The Bowen family hits the road again soon, this time for the big city; and you know what they say if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. 

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