Belle Vernon softball pitcher Kolowitz makes verbal commitment to St. Francis (Pa.)
Sunday, September 25, 2022 | 4:19 PM
Belle Vernon senior Olivia Kolowitz became more familiar with the recruiting game last fall when she joined the Ohio Outlaws travel softball team.
As her pitching improved on an ascending plane, so did her stock as a prospect.
Suddenly, college programs knew her name. Her mind was opened to a world of possibilities.
“My coach at the time, AJ Young, really dedicated himself to getting his players recruited,” Kolowitz said. “I was invited to pitching camps and went on college visits.”
And that led to the right-hander’s verbal commitment to St. Francis (Pa.) in Loretto.
I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to Saint Francis University! I am so grateful for this opportunity, and want to thank @Jess_Odonnell88, @Coach_PetrieSB, Coach Jackson, and everyone who has helped me to achieve this dream! Go Redflash! ?⚡️? #trusttheprocess pic.twitter.com/NnMSjf0ArM
— Olivia Kolowitz (@OliviaKolowitz) September 23, 2022
Interest from Division I and II programs trickled in during travel season.
“St. Francis was at the top of my list,” she said. “I knew I wanted to play at a competitive program and was always told to find the right fit and go where you are want to go. St. Francis and its softball program with coach (Jessica) O’Donnell and coach (Elysse) Petrie fit both of those categories for me.”
Kolowitz had a 6-3 record with a 4.92 ERA, 70 strikeouts, and 26 walks last season for Belle Vernon, which went 12-8-1 and reached the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals.
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .
Tags: Belle Vernon
More High School Recruiting• Westmoreland high school notebook: Franklin Regional’s Jake Kimmich to follow brothers to Grove City soccer
• Derry golfer Hunter Jurica commits to Saint Francis
• Norwin softball standout Snowberger commits to Holy Cross
• Westmoreland HS notebook: Latrobe’s Sydney DeGram headed to St. Bonaventure
• Westmoreland high school notebook: Norwin softball standout commits to St. Francis (Pa.)