Warren Central’s Nathan Bowen signed Monday to play college baseball at Lake Land College in Mattoon, Ill.

The 6-foot-1-inch pitcher and infielder said he chose Lake Land over Wabash College and Lincoln Trail College.

“It’s a relief and I’m excited,” Bowen said. “There were a few colleges that I wanted to go to, but just didn’t have the connections. Lake Land has been there since the very beginning. They have an awesome coach, who just got there. It will be a good time.”

Bowen went to baseball showcases in Memphis, Tenn., and Murray, but didn’t think he was ready for Division I baseball.

“I feel like I have a lot of room to grow,” Bowen said. “I have to get stronger. I’ve always heard that from people. I feel like junior college will get me two years of experience under my belt so I can go D-I or maybe even better after that.”

Bowen and the Dragons finished 10-18 last season, falling to Warren East in the opening round of the District 14 Tournament. The right-hander will be part of a pitching staff that will feature four seniors. The Dragons open the season March 12 at Owensboro.

“It’s a lot of stress off my shoulders,” Bowen said. “I already know where I’m going and I don’t have to worry about it.”

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