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Fowler chooses Mount St. Mary's

November 17, 2004|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

Once Mount St. Mary's softball coach Larry Alvis made his pitch, South Hagerstown pitcher Jamie Fowler knew where she wanted to continue her career.

The Rebels senior on Tuesday signed a letter of intent to play for the Mountaineers.

"Mount St. Mary's was on my list, and then coach Alvis asked me to come visit on an official visit, and I really liked it there," Fowler said. "It's convenient. It's far enough from home that I'm away, but still close enough to come visit."

Fowler - a three-sport star who also excels at volleyball and basketball - took advantage of the early signing period to make her decision, and is ready to relax and enjoy the rest of this year.

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"All those essays you have to write, I'm loving it (being done)," Fowler said.

"She can just play and have fun and not have to worry about trying harder to impress somebody," Rebels softball coach Angela Jefferies said. "She's already done that."

Fowler has been the one constant in South's rebuilding program, which went 3-16 in 2003 but improved to 8-10 last season. From Day One as a freshman, she's toed the rubber for the Rebels.

In 167 innings over the past two seasons, Fowler has allowed 129 hits, struck out 217 and posted an ERA of 1.45 on the way to All-County first team honors both years.

Jefferies pointed to Fowler's control - she walked only 17 in 90 innings last season, compared to 49 in 77 innings in 2003 - as an example of her improvement.

Both Jefferies and Fowler said the mental aspect of pitching - dealing with errors and questionable calls - is where she has grown the most.

"I was a pitcher, and it can be frustrating to bust your butt and feel like you're the only one out there," Jefferies said.

"It was frustrating, especially when I was younger, because things all add up," Fowler said. "I think I'm able to handle it better now."

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