WARREN OH- When you’re talking about the Champion softball program, the first thing that comes to you mind is the one two punch the Flashes have in the circle. One of those punches comes from senior Sophie Howell. On her own, Sophie is one of the best pitchers in the area, paired with fellow senior Allison Smith, she becomes the most lethal pitcher you’ll find in the area. What makes Howell so electric is her ability to throw a riseball at all three levels with pin point accuracy. With someone like Smith backing her up, there is no pressure for her to be great every time out.

Howell has a career ERA of 1.05. And her strikeout total is at 386. Those numbers have helped her and her program win three consecutive state championships, and if it weren’t for COVID-19 putting an end to the 2020 season they’d be favorites to win a fourth. Sophie was part of a pitching staff that gave up no runs in the tournament last season. She says that success comes from the looseness of the team. They dominate people, and have fun doing it. Howell is still out staying in shape as she prepares to move on to play softball at Youngstown State next season.

Anthony Hartwig got a chance to talk to Sophie through video conference. They discussed the success of Champion softball, her favorite off field memories, and much more. Go deeper into Champion softball with the first Golden Flashes Player Profile “Howell Sweet It Is”

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