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Rowley signs with Northwestern

ELC senior to play baseball for Red Raiders

October 24, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

Estherville Lincoln Central senior Briar Rowley signed a letter of intent Tuesday to play baseball at Northwestern College in Orange City next fall.

Rowley, who started as an eighth grader for the Midgets in the 2014-15 season, was a key member of the past two state-qualifying teams. Rowley batted .343 as an eighth grader, .355 as a freshman and .489 in an injury-plagued sophomore year.

As a junior this past summer, Rowley batted .457. In 81 at-bats, he had 37 hits with three doubles, two triples, four home runs and 35 RBIs. He also drew 20 walks to help his on-base percentage of .438. He struck out five times.

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On the mound, Rowley was 4-0 in six starts. He pitched 28 1/3 innings with 49 strikeouts to 22 walks. He gave up four earned runs and had an earned run average of 0.99.

"He has very good hand-eye coordination. We'll definitely use him in the outfield," said Northwestern head coach Brian Wede. "The success he had last summer as a pitcher has opened our eyes to the thought of him pitching a little bit. He's open to that, so we'll try it and see how it goes. We definitely know he can hit and do some things for us offensively and in the outfield. We're really excited for him.

Rowley said he chose Northwestern after making a few visits to the campus.

"It just felt like home and the place I want to go for the next four years," Rowley said. "I hope to go and compete right away and see if I get a position for myself."

Rowley plans to major in sports management.

Rowley is the second ELC baseball player to sign with Wede, as 2018 ELC alum Evan Olesen is playing for the Red Raiders this fall.



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