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BETH WOOD/For the Riverland News
Emily Bowne, center, front row, signed her national letter of intent with Thomas University as family members, from left, look on: Cornelius Bowne, grandpa; Dawn Bowne, mom; Emily; Jeff Bowne, father; Nita Bowne, grandma. Back row, Priniciapl Ken McAteer; Dunnellon Mayor Walter Green; West Port softball coach William Brewington; and Sue Williams, batting coach.

When the pitch to return to the mound came at Emily Bowne two years ago, she didn’t balk at the notion.

But the then-sophomore at West Port High School knew she had her work cut out for her, especially considering she hadn’t thrown a pitch since traversing the fields at the Dunnellon Little League Complex.

The return to the pitcher’s circle more than paid off almost two weeks ago, when Bowne inked her national letter of intent to play at Thomas University in Thomasville, Ga.

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