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Special to The News-Courier—
KNOX CITY—Jaylee Lowe of Knox City recently was honored to be selected as one of 48 players in the United States to participate at the All American Softball games, sponsored by Softball Youth the last week of December in Round Rock.
She was a member of the Patriots team that finished 2-1 in pool play and finished second in the tournament.
Lowe dominated the mound all five innings in the first bracket game, striking out 12 and giving up only two runs. The Patriots won that game, 3-2, in extra innings.
At closing ceremonies, each player was given a championship ring and some players were given awards. Jaylee received the All American Ace award and an invite to represent Softball Youth this spring and play on its select “elite” team in Las Vegas and in Georgia.
Players that play in the Softball Youth ELITE are selected by Softball Youth scouts through on-site scouting at the All-American tournaments. Softball Youth analyzes each athlete based on performance, and prestigious athletic accolades. These athletes are put on teams to compete in high-level, prominent tournaments nationwide including PGF, Diamond 9 and the like. This experience includes the opportunity to compete with other A-level athletes from across the country, the ability to practice at a college venue and have NCAA award winners and coaches as guest coaches. Guest appearances by well-known softball legends will also be a part of the experience.
Jaylee is a 5th grade, A Honor Roll student at KC-OCISD. She is the daughter of Jeremy and Brittany Lowe and the granddaughter of Jerry and Judy Lowe of Munday and Johnny and Nancy Birkenfeld of Goree.
Jaylee has been playing softball since she was six years old. She is currently playing year-round as a member of the West Texas Legends Travel Softball team in Abilene, coached by Jeremy and Christal Faries. She also takes private pitching lessons through DBat in Abilene.