Bunting Family Pharmacy Athlete of the Week: Andrew Fowler, Egg Harbor Township baseballGuys such as Jordan Sweeney, Nick Milhan and Connor Agostino grab most of the headlines for the Egg Harbor Township baseball team, and rightfully so. All three have had outstanding seasons for the Eagles.
But this week's Bunting Family Pharmacy Athlete of the Week has been just as important, and has not only been red-hot at the plate during the Eagles' seven-game winning streak, but has been making all the plays at shortstop as well.
Andrew Fowler doesn't get much attention because he is a little guy who doesn't make a ton of eye-popping plays on defense, but he makes all the routine plays, which is probably more important. And at the plate, he's proven to be a pesky hitter who has the ability to get on base, and create some havoc once he is on the base paths.
After a 2-0 loss to St. Augustine Prep in the middle of May, EHT got hot at the right time, winning seven games in a row, including two in the state playoffs that put the Eagles into the South Jersey Group 4 semifinals against Southern Regional. Fowler has been a big part of that late-season surge.
In the last seven games, he is hitting .444 (8-for-18), including 13 runs, nine RBIs and six stolen bases. He started the streak by going 2-for-3 with a pair of runs and three RBIs during a 12-2 win over Atlantic City, then went 1-for-2 with a run, RBI and stolen base in a 5-1 win over Mainland Regional.
In a pair of wins against Bridgeton, Fowler added six runs, an RBI and three stolen bases, then added a hit, a run and two walks in a 6-5 win over Prep. In the playoffs, Fowler has been just as good. In the opening round, a 4-0 win over Kingsway, he went 1-for-3 with a run and a stolen base and helped Drew Hickman throw a two-hitter by gobbling up ground balls at shortstop.
In the next round, during a 15-6 win over Clearview, Fowler added two hits, two runs and two RBIs, and again played solid defense.
— Dave O'Sullivan, Staff Writer