Bowman plans softball travels |

Bowman plans softball travels

Kaitlyn Bowman, a Douglas High School junior, is headed to Savannah, Ga., next week to play for the Softball Factory at a tournament and then to Vero Beach, Fla., in December to participate in the Softball Factory Christmas Camp.
Dave Price |

Though still just a junior at Douglas High School, Kaitlyn Bowman has some big goals for her softball future.

And Bowman is going to put in some big mileage in an attempt to step toward those goals when she travels to Savannah, Ga. on Nov. 19-23 for the Softball Factory Fall Classic and then to Vero Beach, Fla. Dec. 27-30 for the Softball Factory Christmas Camp & Tournament.

Bowman was invited to participate at the two events. She is now busy working to help raise funds for the trips, which is going to cost $3,999.

“This is a big opportunity,” Bowman said of the Fall Classic, which will be held at the Paulson Sports Complex in Savannah. “Girls from all over the country were selected to play for this team. There’s supposed to be more than 200 college coaches at this tournament.”

Bowman’s objective after graduating from Douglas in 2016 is to play college softball somewhere. The Softball Factory program is directed by Lea Ann Jarvis, who won two World Titles on the USA National Team in 1986 and 1990 in addition to having served as head coach at Southwest Texas State and at New Mexico State.

The Christmas camp and tournament will be held at Historic Dodgertown (former spring training home of the Los Angeles Dodgers).

“When you get invited to a camp or tournament, they evaluate you on how you perform,” she said. “You have to do all the work (to get recruited by a college program), but they’re there to help guide you.”

This represents a comeback for Bowman, who saw her season with the Douglas High program last spring curtailed by a hand injury. The left-hander was playing club ball in a Las Vegas tournament in February when her hand was stepped on accidentally.

“It tore the fibers that hold the ligaments in my hand,” said Bowman, who earned second-team all-league honors as a freshman pitcher in 2013. “All the fibers were separated from the ligament, so basically, every time I’d squeeze my hand, it hurt. The ball felt oval because my hand would swell up.”

She came back to enjoy a successful summer season for the Nevada Stealth 18U team, highlighted by her first home run hit in July at the Triple Crown Sports Sparkler in Denver, Colo. Bowman said she hit 10 home runs for the Stealth club team during fall ball.

For Bowman, who carries a 3.5 grade point average in the classroom, is obviously looking forward to her opportunities.

“I’m extremely excited,” she said. “I’ve worked a long time for something like this to happen. So I’m excited, but it’s also kind of scary.”

Anyone is welcome to contact if they would like to contribute to her fundraising efforts.