Incoming NU Softball freshman named All-American
Incoming freshman Mattie Fowler continued to be honored for her superb senior softball season, as she was one of 30 players named to the MaxPreps High School All-America first team, announced on June 28.
Fowler was also one of the organization's 10 finalists for National High School Player of the Year. Since leading Canyon del Oro High School in Tucson, Ariz., to the state championship this spring, Fowler has picked up numerous honors. She was chosen as the Arizona Class 5A State Player of the Year and was also honored as the winner of the prestigious Gatorade Softball Player-of-the-Year award for the state of Arizona. Fowler is also eligible for NFCA High School All-America accolades after being selected to the all-region team earlier this week.
A three-time state champion, Fowler put up impressive numbers during a record-breaking senior season for the Dorados. In addition to starting at shortstop for the fourth straight season, Fowler also pitched during her senior season for the first time in her high school career. Offensively, Fowler batted .569 with 17 home runs, 22 doubles and 91 RBIs. Her 91 RBIs were an Arizona all-class state record, while she led all high school softball players nationally in RBIs and ranked ninth in home runs, according to MaxPreps.
In the circle, Fowler posted a 14-0 record with a 0.85 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 82.0 innings. She was at her best in the state tournament, starting each of the Dorados' final three games and allowing only three runs. She helped Canyon del Oro finish with a 36-1 record and a No. 2 national ranking.
The younger sister of two-time Arizona All-American Kenzie Fowler, Mattie played her high school ball for her mother, Kelly. Mattie finished her career as a three-time all-state selection, while setting single-season and career school records for doubles, home runs and RBIs. She also excelled in the classroom, ranking in the top five percent of her graduating class of nearly 500 students, while being a state finalist for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award.