By Grant Lengefeld


The annual Hamilton High School baseball tournament will now and forevermore be named in honor of Louis Lowe IV.

Lowe retired from serving as the principal of Hamilton High School at the end of the 2016-2017 school year, and he coached Hamilton Baseball from 1987 to 1997, earning 139 wins, three district championships, five playoff appearances and a state semifinal showing in 1989.

The Bulldogs won three of four games on Friday and Saturday to earn a tournament co-championship with Valley Mills in the first annual Louis Lowe IV Invitational last week. After falling to the fourth-ranked De Leon Bearcats the previous week by 10 runs, Hamilton opened the tournament with a stunning 7-6 upset victory over De Leon on Friday, followed by a 3-1 win over Santo.

On Saturday, the Bulldogs recovered from a 6-0 loss to Goldthwaite by upending San Saba 6-5 to earn a share of the title. Pictured left, right, above, below, the winningest coach in program history, Lowe, throws out the first pitch of the tournament last Friday.

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