"I think, when he's on the mound, I am a little bit harder on him," Craffey said. "Attacking the strike zone, getting ahead. Especially when you're in a comfortable game. What I don't want him to do is get in a habit of pitching according to the score of the game."
Shortly after a visit to the mound Bowen struck out the next two batters on a combined six pitches.
"I do get tired of (being yelled at) sometimes," said Bowen, who has 23 strikeouts in 11 innings this season. "I feel like he's harder on me sometimes, but it really doesn't bother me any, because he wants me to do my best."
This year, Bowen will get his first crack at a State Tournament berth, something he's had to watch - albeit from inside the Power Park dugout - the last two seasons.
It's a process for father and son that began roughly 12 years ago when Joe and Druw's mother Christy began dating.
This is Craffey's 12th season coaching the Greyhounds, so the connection between Druw Bowen and his opportunity to play for Valley was never going to be in question.
At least in the eyes of some.
"He understands that I'm in a position to where, if he plays, comments could be made that, 'The only reason you're playing is because you're the coach's son,' " Craffey said. "I've always told him, first thing you have to stay humble. Regardless of the success you have, you stay humble.
"Secondly, you have to outwork everyone else. When there's six inches of snow on the ground and he's in the cage hitting, or taking pitching lessons ... you do what you're supposed to do and take care of yourself and good things will happen."
So far, so good.
Contact Assistant Sports Editor Rich Stevens at richstev...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4837.