Gower adds 3 recruits to 2009 HU softball class

Huntington University softball Coach Doug Gower announced the addition of three recruits to his 2009 class.

Manchester High School standout Katie Bowers, Twin Lakes High School senior Abby Dilling and Fishers High School student-athlete Stacie Rawnsley have each signed a letter of intent to play softball for the Foresters next year.

At shortstop, Bowers has earned first-team all-conference honors in the Three Rivers Conference in each of her three seasons to date and was the Wabash County Player of the Year as a sophomore and junior. As a junior, she was named to the Warsaw Times Union All-Area Team and earned academic all-conference honors.

Bowers has improved her softball skills playing for various club teams in the off-season. Most recently, she has played for the Indy Edge 16 and under team and the Fort Wayne Fire 18 and under squad.

Bowers also plans to compete for the Forester volleyball program. As a four-year varsity player for the Squires, she was named to the Wabash County first team and the Three Rivers All-Conference second team in her final two seasons. She also earned all-tournament team honors at the Elmhurst Invitational this past season.

As a pitcher and outfielder, Dilling has a lot to offer the Forester program, Gower notes. At Twin Lakes, she has compiled the most wins and the lowest ERA in a season during her high school career. She earned all-conference honors in the Hoosier Conference and was an all-area player. She also was selected to the All-White County team the last two years.

Dilling also has experienced success in summer ball as a member of the state champions for 10 & under and 14 & under travel softball teams. She is actively involved in church plays and enjoys golf in her spare time.

"HU is the best place to use my talents for God," stated Dilling about her college decision.

As a sophomore, Rawnsley was selected to both the Hoosier Crossroads All-Conference and All-Hamilton County teams. She was named co-MVP during her sophomore season and received the Golden Paw Award for her excellence as a defensive player. Rawnsley also played summer ball with the Indiana Storm.

Rawnsley is looking forward to joining the softball team and said, "I would like to learn and grow in my walk with the Lord and I feel that going to a Christian school is well worth it."

This intended biology major also states, "I would like to learn how to be a better teammate the way the Lord has designed and learn to grow with the challenges of being a student-athlete."