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Junior pitches Leo to semistate title

Lindsey Bowers felt a pain in her back. Ice was applied as the Leo pitcher prepared to return to the mound hours later.

With a trip to the Class 3A state championship on the line, Bowers pitched back-to-back shutouts Saturday, 3-0 over Hanover Central and 6-0 over Yorktown.

The Lions softball team secured what coach Ben Shappell believed to be the first semistate title in school history in a sport sanctioned by the IHSAA.

It had been a year since Bowers, a junior, threw 14 innings in a day, but she bounced back from a 69-pitch outing in the afternoon to fire 67 in the nightcap.

“I’m very proud of her,” Shappel said. “She went 136 pitches total. She relaxed and was able to pitch the second game. It helped that it cooled down.”

For more on Leo's win, read Sunday's Journal Gazette or return to after 3 a.m.

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.