By Kevin Eickman
It was just over two short years ago that Rajene Bowe committed to play softball for Division II Dominican College in Orangeburg, NY. Arguably one of the best athletes to every grace the Milford athletics program, Bowe states that sports are just of part of her family.
“It is just the way our family is, we like to compete and I think sports help make you a much more well-rounded person,” said Bowe.
In her second year at Dominican, Bowe continues to impress on the softball field. This year Bowe earned 1st team Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference honors. The second year outfielder was a force at the plate and a terror on the base paths.
Looking at the numbers it is easy to see why she obtained 1st team recognition. Bowe batted .331 and had an on base percentage of .359. Those numbers alone would set Bowe apart from most players, but it was her skill on the base paths that really separated her from the crowd. Bowe collected 33 stolen bases on 36 attempts. She scored 27 runs while amassing an impressive .439 slugging percentage.
According to Bowe’s coach, Joseph Burbridge, she possesses very admirable traits which make her a quality player. “One of the hardest working players I have ever had and is incredibly gifted physically,” Burbridge said. “She is an excellent teammate and well respected by her peers.” Another accolade came in the form of a simple yet accurate quote. “Her speed and competitiveness. Speed never goes in a slump and if you’re competitive, you always expect more from yourself.”
Those physical qualities are admirable, but Burbridge believes that it is Bowe’s mental toughness that helps elevate her game as well. “Sometimes she gets into her own head a little bit, but she is learning that everything can’t be perfect. Just roll with it and everything will work out.”
Bowe, who is majoring in nursing, took a little time to become comfortable at a place so far from home but has really come to enjoy the atmosphere at the Orangeburg NY College. “It wasn’t easy at first, you get a little homesick, you miss your friends,” said Bowe. “But slowly you meet people and you really get to enjoy yourself. I love it here. My team has become like a second family to me.”
Bowe was thrilled to b named All-Conference. “It’s quite an honor to be chosen as a first team selection,” she said. “I worked very hard to improve this year and to win an award like this is just fantastic.”
One person who suspected this level of play from Bowe was her former Milford coach Sean Brennan. “Her passion and work ethic for the game of softball is second to none,” he said. “Rajene is a young woman who has been blessed with so much talent on and off the field. It was truly an honor to say I was her coach for a short time in her life. She represents her family and the community as a Champion in everything she does.”
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