The Notebook: Rowley rips onto national softball scene

Breanne Rowley sure knows how to make an exit. In her senior season at William Penn, the softball first baseman has been lighting opposing pitching all season.

Here is the timeline of the first week of April for the former HRV star: April 4 — Rowley hits three home runs as the Statesmen sweep Waldorf in a league doubleheader. April 7 — Rowley hits a pair of inside-the-park home runs as William Penn beats Robert Morris and extends a 13-game win streak. April 10 — Rowley is rewarded for her monster week by being named Midwest Collegiate Conference softball player of the week. April 10 — The accolades keep rolling in as Rowley is named the NAIA national softball player of the week.

The Statesmen recently wrapped up the regular season title and a No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, but no matter what she does in the playoffs, Rowley will be hardpress to top her fantastic week in early April.

n After saying so many good things about the HRV boys lacrosse team in my column a few weeks ago, it would only be fair to say some good things about the HRV girls team after it thrashed Grant 17-3 Friday. While watching the Eagles pepper the Generals’ goal for most of the evening, I couldn’t help but harken back to a game the two teams played five years ago.

I remember it vividly for three reasons. First because the weather was absolutely awful, with wind, rain, snow and hail hammering the field. Second, because it was my first attempt at making a video for and third because it was the Eagles’ first big win as a program.

It’s pretty amazing how things have changed in that time span. Just a few years after a win over Grant was a key milestone for the program, the Eagles are now easily waxing the Generals.

n One more lacrosse note: Two HRV alums met on the lacrosse field last week when Drew Lamaita’s Washington Huskies met with Andrew Dirks’ Oregon State Beavers. The Beavers won the game 16-8.

n Finally for your trivia: Who holds the NCAA Div. 1 softball single-season home run record?

A: Laura Espinoza of Arizona, who hit 37 home runs in 1995.

That is reason No. 85 to be glad I am your local sports reporter.

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