WCSA Second-team All-Star catcher transfers to Briercrest

Posted: August 5, 2015

The Briercrest women’s softball team is excited to have Western Collegiate Softball Association (WCSA) second-team all-star, Ali Kowalenko, transfer to their roster for the 2015 season.

Kowalenko is a 5’ 8” catcher who played for SAIT Polytechnic last season. She brings a level of leadership and maturity as she graduated from Holy Trinity Academy in Okotoks, Alberta in 2010 before attending Bodenseehof Bible School in Germany the following year (2010-11).

Briercrest head coach Carlie Pagens is excited to have Kowalenko on board this season.

“We are excited to have Ali not only transfer to our program, but also to help lead our team this fall,” Pagens explained. “With a lengthy softball career under her belt, Ali brings maturity and leadership to our team. Ali has a desire to be a leader both on and off the field and will be a great addition to our program. Ali is an exceptional ball player with a desire to learn and grow as an athlete and a leader.”

“Ali was a leader within our league last year as a 2nd team all-star as a catcher,” Pagens continued, “As well, as being an asset in a variety of other positions.”

Kowalenko has been playing softball at a high level for quite a few years.

“I've played softball for 18 years and specifically played for the Calgary Sluggers for 18 years,” Kowalenko explained. “Winning cities three times in a row has been a highlight and we are shooting for four this year. Also winning silver at provincials four years in a row was a huge highlight.”

“Being one of the youngest catchers in Calgary to be able to throw to second from my knees when I was eight years old was definitely a highlight and motivator throughout my softball career,” Kowalenko continued.

Beyond softball, where Kowalenko had a batting average of .475 with 15 RBIs and 19 hits in 2014, she has a love for music, her church and outdoors.

“I love music, anything with a tune and a beat and I am there,” she explained. “I love being a part of little busking groups and campfire sing alongs. Summer is my favourite season because it's ball season, but it is also lake season and that means being able to spend time outside on the lake soaking up the rays! I also play slo-pitch for the Southview Church Saints and being a part of a community that loves ball and loves Jesus is really fun.”

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