Softball Sisters Leading Dowagiac

A season ago, Holly Lowe was an all-state 3rd baseman for the Dowagiac Softball team.

This year, entering her 4th season as a starter, Holly had to make an adjustment with a new freshman catcher arriving on the team---it was her little sister, Torie.

The two are growing up together and are cherishing the memories of now playing together.

"We always dreamed of it as kids," big sister Holly said. "We didn't know if it would happen or not. But because of her hard work and my hard work, we kept things going and it happened."

"As they year has gone on, I've realized how fortunate I am," little sister Torie explained. "I'll always remember this. It's like a dream come true. I'll never forget it."

Among the special moments the two have had this season was when Holly hit her first career home run earlier in the spring. It was a two-run blast. The runner on base was her little sister. Talk about a fun celebration at the plate.

The Lowe sisters also played together in the winter. They led the basketball team to its first conference championship in 20 years. That experience helped them learn how to be teammates.

Both sisters say they now know how to act as teammates on the field--and go back to being sisters off the field.

Their coach, Mike Behnke, wasn't sure how the dynamic would play out at first, but couldn't be happier now.

"They get along and they joke with each other," Behnke said. "They are kind of two different people. Holly is a little more quiet and Torie is a little more outgoing. But the common denominator there is that they're just really good people."

Holly is having another dominate season. She leads her team in hitting this spring. Torie is having a solid season at the plate as well and is actually hitting better than her big sister did when Holly was a freshman.

So that left the question of which sister will ultimately be the better player.

Coach Behnke was going no where near giving an answer, but did point out that Torie will have to work very hard to get to the level of her sister.

Torie didn't hesitate. With a big smile on her face, she said it would be her that would end up the better player.

Holly, conceding something in her answer, said, "I'm not going to be honest with you, so I'll say myself."

Nothing like a friendly competition between two sisters once Holly graduates and heads to Adrian College to play softball next season.

For now, the two hope to lead Dowagiac to its 3rd straight conference championship. They are currently tied for first with an 11-3 record.

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