Bowers gains another invite to prestigious baseball event

By Ivan Sanders
While most high school baseball players are resting up and waiting for the new season to roll around, as the new school year begins, one player is still lacing his cleats and donning his glove.
Travis Bowers, a rising senior at Elizabethton High School, has been invited to participate for a second straight year in the Blue-Grey Classic, which will be played at the University of Tennessee's Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
The Classic is a tournament that includes teams from East Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, West Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Mid-America. Each team will be playing four games in the Classic, which begins on August 8 and runs through August 10.
Former Blue-Grey tournaments have seen over 85 percent of its participants receive scholarships while 186 players have been taken in the Major League draft in its 11 years of existence. Showcase tournaments such as the Blue-Grey Classic select athletes that have shown promise in the sport and send out invitations so that the players can compete in games with college coaches and scouts looking on.
Bowers, as a sophomore and junior under Coach Steve McKinney, batted .333 with five home runs and 36 RBIs. He was selected to the district tournament team as a sophomore and named an all conference performer on the diamond in his junior year.
Playing for the East Tennessee Blast AAU team during the summer, Bowers helped his team to a seventh place finish in the Division II tournament completed just last week. From the mound, Bowers sported a 5-2 record, logging a save in the final game of the tournament, and an impressive 2.03 ERA.
With the bat, Bowers played a versatile role for his club as he finished second on the team in RBIs, doubles, and home runs.
He is the son of Glenn and Cheryl Bowers of Elizabethton.