Bob Estes’ lengthy coaching career came to a close Tuesday afternoon following Bowie’s thrilling, 3-2, nine-inning loss to Arundel in the 4A state semifinals at the University of Maryland, College Park’s Shipley Field. He coached for the past 40 years, including the last eight as the head coach at Bowie.
“For my last game, I’m like, ‘All right, I’m moving on to another chapter,’” he said shortly after the game. “This door’s closed now and I’m moving on. I’ll find something else to do.
“I don’t have a complaint; I’m happy that we made it this far. All I wanted to do all season long was compete and we did. We’re a pretty young team. We had three seniors.”
Estes compiled a 128-25 record the past eight seasons at Bowie, including a 19-3 campaign this year that included capturing the 4A South Region crown through a 5-2 win against Eleanor Roosevelt, which defeated Bowie twice during the regular season. The Bulldogs won three region titles under Estes, including in 2005 and ’09.
“We have some property in West Virginia that we’re going to build a home on so we’re ready to roll,” Estes said. “I’m looking forward to that and this was a fun season. It’s time to do something else. I still love doing this. In fact, this was my best year because I didn’t have to teach. I’d just come to practice. The playoffs have been icing.”
Barr to AACCAfter resurrecting his injury-plagued career with a sterling senior campaign at Bowie following at trio of seasons at DeMatha Catholic, Bulldogs first baseman Brady Barr signed with Anne Arundel Community College on Monday.
“I went in [Monday] and signed with them,” Barr said. “I know a lot of people going there [and] it’s a good program. It’s got a good coach so I decided to go.”
Barr just capped a season that saw him bat a sizzling .672 (41-for-61) with 10 home runs, 52 runs batted in and 35 runs. He went 2-for-3 with a pair of run-scoring doubles in Bowie’s 3-2 nine-inning loss to Arundel during Tuesday’s 4A state semifinals at the University of Maryland’s Shipley Field.
“He’s a great hitter,” Bowie catcher Matt Bieler said. “He’s going to do well in college. I’m proud of what he did. It was a great transfer for him.”
The Pioneers completed a 40-16 campaign this past season and finished third in the Maryland Junior College Conference with a 20-8 mark.