Hillsdale College softball coach Joe Abraham is thrilled to announce the signing of eight players who will join the program starting with the 2018-19 school year.
Joining Hillsdale College next year are: Renee Bielawa (Downers Grove, IL), Anna Dixon (Farmington Hills, MI), Bri Robeson (Hartland, MI), Morgan Cox (Columbus, OH), Elaine Townely (Carnation, WA), Kasidy Carson (Lake Orion, MI), Camryn Olson (Cincinnati, OH), and Lauren Renner (Hilliard, OH).
Abraham said this class mirrors other recent classes in that it has a great combination of talent, character and work ethic.
"This is a typical class for us in that in combines athleticism, speed, a top pitcher, some excellent hitters and great character," Abraham said. "We always get top-notch students, but the character part has allowed us to create the type of culture where our players thrive as athletes and students and for them to be able to really enjoy their time in the program.
"I just got back from our annual college coaches' convention in Las Vegas and heard from Washington people how much we're going to love Elaine Townley's work ethic, from Illinois people about how great of a girl and worker Renee Bielawa is. Every time we're out somewhere we hear from travel coaches and others about our Michigan and Ohio recruits in this class and how much we're going to love them."
Information about each incoming recruit can be found below.
Renee Bielewa | OF | North High School
Versatile player who is adept in the infield and outfield…Named all-conference after her junior season of 2017…Batted .451 in her 2017 high school season and .410 in her 2017 summer season for the Mizuno Hawks…Named to the high honor roll each semester of high school…Earned an Academic Letter and is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society…Volunteered for the Salvation Army and has participated in the Peer Jury.
Anna Dixon | OF | Mercy High School
Impact player on one of the strongest programs in Oakland County…Twice named All-District and was named honorable mention All-State and All-Region in 2017…Helped lead Mercy High School to three district titles, two regional championships and the 2016 Division I state title…2016 Catholic League champions and 2017 Ctaholic League runner-ups…In her career, has 182 hits, a .491 batting average with 114 runs batted in and 150 runs scored…A .604 career slugging percentage…Has played travel softball with Motor City Madness, Turnin2 and Finesse…Has logged more than 50 hours of community service while participating in the Mercy Make a Difference Day.
Bri Robeson | IF | Hartland High School
Three-year varsity starter and team captain at a strong program in Hartland, Michigan…All-Conference, All-County and All-District in 2017…Batted .522 with an incredible 71 hits as a junior with 55 runs scored…Had a 29-game hitting streak during the season…Played travel softball for Turnin2…A KLAA Scholar-Athlete for the past three years…Volunteered at Adopt-A-Family and the Grace Centers of Hope.
Morgan Cox | IF | Olentangy High School
Had a terrific year at Olentangy in 2017, batting .407 with a slugging percentage of .531, accumulating 33 total hits…First-Team All-Conference and was named offensive MVP…Winner of the Braves Award for performance, attitude, leadership and hustle…Plays travel softball for the Buckeye Heat…Winner of the NHS Community Leadership Award and has been named a Scholar-Athlete three times.
Elaine Townley | UT | Cedarcrest High School
The 2017 Cascade Conference Offensive Player of the Year…Has been named all-conference in basketball and softball…Has played travel softball for Absolute Blast and the NW Batbusters…Took first place in a school science fair in 2015…Three-year member of the National Honor Society…Has volunteered at several community little league clinics and has coached at youth softball camps…Volunteers at Acres of Diamonds, a housing facility for homeless women and children.
Kasidy Carson | IF | Lake Orion High School
One of the most active student-athletes at a high school with a high standard for both its students and its athletes at Lake Orion…Three-year starter at shortstop for the Dragons and has been named All-Conference, All-District and All-Region…Named Rookie of the Year in 2015 and was the winner of the Oakland Activities Association Sportsmanship Award in 2017…Helped lead Lake Orion to district and regional titles in 2016…Plays travel softball for Finesse Fastpitch…Carries a 4.19 overall grade point average…Member of the National Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society…Has received the Lamp of Learning ribbon several times…Has logged more than 100 hours of community service...Secretary of the Executive Board of Lake Orion's Leadership Development Workshop and serves on the school's Students Offering Support (SOS) group, which offers aid and support to students dealing with challenging times and circumstances…Has completed two mission trips, the most recent being to the Netherlands.
Camryn Olson | P | Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy
Dominant starting pitcher at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy…Has thrown seven shutouts and one perfect game in her career…Has 559 strikeouts in three seasons…As a junior in 2017 had a 9-4 record with 175 K's and a WHIP of 0.92…Also an excellent hitter, with 99 hits, 72 runs scored, 11 home runs and 115 RBI in her first three prep seasons…First-Team All-District, All-City, All-Conference and Second-Team All-State in 2017…Conference Pitcher of the Year…Has played travel softball for the Ohio Hawks and Lenos Ohio Thunder…Has earned National Honor Society High Honors three times…A five-time All Academic selection between softball and basketball…Has volunteered for Hands Against Hunger and has served on several mission trips.
Lauren Renner | IF | Hilliard Bradley High School
Set single-season school records for doubles (15) and fielding percentage (.998)…Helped lead team to back-to-back district titles…First-Team All-Conference and Second-Team All-District…Played travel softball for the Ohio Classics, Ohio Lady Lasers Orange and the Ohio SlamForce…Member of the honor plus honor roll…Volunteered at the St. Brendan Parish festival as well as at softball and volleyball kids camps at Hilliard.