Dewitt Carolina bound

Local player earns scholarship to attend Winthrop U.

Kelowna midget Heat fastball player Christine Dewitt will attend Winthrop University this fall.

Kelowna midget Heat fastball player Christine Dewitt will attend Winthrop University this fall.

One of the Okanagan’s top young fastball prospects is exporting her talents south of the border.

Kelowna midget Heat player Christine Dewitt has landed a scholarship at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Dewitt will have the chance to compete at the highest level of women’s university softball in North America—NCAA Div. 1—while pursuing her degree in biology.

“It’s all going to be completely new to me and I’m really excited about it,” said Dewitt, 18. “It’s going to be an adventure and a new place for me. I’m excited about getting into ball mode at a whole new level.

“Education is a huge part of it, too,” she added. “I’m going to take my schooling very seriously.”

A superlatively versatile player, the 18-year-old native of Sicamous plays third base, catches, plays outfield and can pitch when called upon. She hits with power and bats consistently around the .400 mark.

Dewitt played for coach Bernie Penner with the Kelowna bantam Heat in 2009 and again this season with Penner’s midget A rep team.

“She is the complete package, the most complete player I’ve seen come through Kelowna Minor Fastball,” said Heat coach Bernie Penner. “I’m very proud of what Christine has accomplished. She is not only a great ball player but an even better person and it is so rewarding to see her accomplish one of her goals and advance to the highest level of college softball.”

Nicknamed ‘Cee’ by her teammates, Dewitt displayed her talents for members of Team Canada’s coaching staff two years ago at a spring training session in Kelowna, and it wasn’t long before word of her abilities was relayed to Winthrop coach Mark Cooke.

“Coach Cooke came to Sicamous to see me and made the offer,” she said. “I was impressed with him and I’ve heard nothing but good about the coaching there. I’m looking forward to it.”

Early indications are that coach Cooke plans to use Dewitt as a catcher at Winthrop.

Dewitt leaves for Rock Hill, South Carolina in the middle of August.

This weekend, Dewitt and the Heat are in Surrey for the B.C. midget A championship.

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