There's little doubt that James Bowker is playing the best baseball of his life.
Just don't remind him about it.
"I try not to think about stuff like that," Bowker said. "If you overthink, you overthrow, and I don't want to do that."
The senior added another notch to his belt Friday, throwing a masterful no-hitter against rival Lone Grove (14-9) to lead the Indians (19-6) 8-0 win on Friday at Plainview.
"I guess it was just my day," Bowker said. "I woke up feeling like it was going to be a good day."
Of a possible 15 outs in the five-inning victory, Bowker earned 14 via strikeout, the other coming on a pop fly to his rightfielder, and brother, Carter Bowker.
It was Bowker's second no-hitter of the season and the fourth time he has struck out at least 10 batters in a start.
"It's like repeat almost every time that he pitches," Plainview coach Brent Hackney said. "He was just in the zone today."
Hackney also attributed Bowker's banner year, in which he has accumulated a 6-1 record and allowing a mere 13 hits in 39 innings pitched, to his maturation as both a player and leader.
"It comes down to experience and his confidence," Hackney said. "He's hitting spots, being disciplined up there, and that's a big part of it."
Bowker was helped by a Plainview offense that thrived in the clutch, bringing home five of its nine runs during a two-out third inning rally.
The rally itself was spurred by Bowker, who scored Jordan Rickets on a RBI single, then scored himself as part of an ensuing two-run double by Drake Harper.
Harper would finish the contest as the leading Indian at the plate, driving home three runs as part of a 2-for-3 day.
Leading 7-0 in the fifth, Garrett Foster finished the job for Plainview with a sacrifice fly to score pinch runner Vinnie Martinez and enact the mercy rule.
"We had a bunch of guys come through today," Hackney said. "Everybody just did a great job today."
Kyle Williams added a homer for the Indians, while Carter Bowker finished 2-for-3.
Justice Ruhnke took the loss for Lone Grove, throwing four and 2/3 innings while surrendering eight earned runs on 10 hits and striking out six.
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