Just over a month ago, Kade Strowd pitched his final game in a West Virginia uniform at Monongalia County Ballpark. In the time since, he was drafted into the pros, re-located to his home state of Texas, and began a professional career in the Baltimore Orioles organization.
That sequence of life-changing events for Strowd brought him right back to his previous home, interestingly enough. Now with the Aberdeen Ironbirds of the Single-A New York-Penn League, Strowd and his squad ended up back in Morgantown for a three-game series with the West Virginia Black Bears.
Strowd made his series appearance in front of his old fans in the third game of the series, coming in to start the sixth inning when his Ironbirds were up 4-0. He would then retire the first three batters he faced, including a strikeout.
This contest was the second of a doubleheader, both games of which were shortened to seven innings. Because of this, Strowd was given the opportunity to close the game out for Aberdeen.
After giving up West Virginia’s first run of the game, Strowd struck out the final batter of the game to give Aberdeen the win — in front of his former home crowd.
After the game, Strowd hung out for a few minutes signing autographs for some Mountaineer fans.
Strowd and the Ironbirds return to the diamond tomorrow at home against the Williamsport Crosscutters, while the Black Bears travel to Brooklyn, New York to face the Brooklyn Cyclones.