August 26, 2009

Butler Signs Local Softball Standout

Devin Dearing, a four-year starter at Hamilton Southeastern High School, has signed a Letter of Intent to continue her softball career at Butler University.  She will join the Bulldogs this fall.

“Devin is a talented player and an outstanding young woman,” said Butler head coach Jeanne Rayman.  “She has proven herself on the diamond in high school and at the highest level of travel ball.  Devin will compete for playing time as a corner infielder and DP.  She has great power at bat, and has made herself a true student of the game.”

The daughter of Doug and Vicki Dearing, Devin earned All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference and All-Hamilton County recognition as a third baseman for the Royals.  She was a starter on Hamilton Southeastern’s unbeaten (31-0) state championship team in 2007, and she helped the Royals to a pair of conference titles, one sectional crown and one regional championship.  Dearing, who earned four varsity softball letters at Hamilton Southeastern, served as a co-captain for the Royals last spring.

In addition to playing for Hamilton Southeastern, Dearing has been a member of the Indiana Shockwaves (2005-07) and the Dreams (2008-09) summer fastpitch teams.  She served as a captain for both teams.

The newest Bulldog served as a student athletic trainer at Hamilton Southeastern, and she was a member of the school’s band.  She also was active in a number of community service activities, including serving as co-chair of the “Mr. Royal” Riley Children’s Hospital Fundraiser (2008-09).  A Scholar-Athlete, she earned membership in the National Honor Society, was a member of the Hamilton Southeastern Leadership Academy, served on the Student Council and graduated in the “Top 10%” of her class.

“Devin is very driven in every aspect of her life,” continued Rayman.  “She has made academics and community service top priorities, while at the same time becoming a great ball player.  Her deep-rooted passion for Butler University makes her a perfect addition to our team.”

Dearing is the granddaughter of the late Bob Dearing (Butler ‘57) and the niece of former Butler baseball player Scott Dearing (‘88).