Rowland roughed up in debut

Posted by Staff Writer Eric Branch:
Former Cloverdale star Robby Rowland didn’t get out of the first inning in his professional debut Wednesday night in Missoula, Mt.
The 6-foot-6 Rowland, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ third-round selection in the recent MLB Draft, gave up four hits and four runs, one earned, in 2/3 of an inning. Rowland, 18, walked two, struck out one and threw a wild pitch as the Missoula Osprey, Arizona’s short-season rookie advanced team, lost to Great Falls, 13-6.
Rowland threw to his brother, Richie Rowland, 21, Missoula’s catcher who continued the torrid start to his pro career. The undrafted free agent went 2 for 4 and is hitting .538 (14 for 26) in eight games. Rowland’s batting average leads the Pioneer League.
“(Robby) got a little amped up,” Richie Rowland told The Missoulian. “You know, he’s still 18 years old and facing better hitting than he ever has. He threw some good pitches, but you’re not going to get away with mistakes at this level.”