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Dowler indeed grew, posting impressive outings in a tough league. He threw six innings against Plainfield South with 10 strikeouts, seven against Plainfield North with nine strikeouts, both Oswego East wins.
He also opened eyes at the plate, with a higher batting average in conference than non-league games.
"I think he is more developed than a lot of kids his age, both as a pitcher and as a position player," Engelhardt said. "He has fine-tuned some of the baseball skills and it shows in the results.
Anybody with his build and [who] throws hard is going to be on the radar as a young kid. It's not as common with that build and arm to be as polished as he is. To throw multiple pitches for strikes and to have that skill set on the offensive side is pretty unique."
Dowler made a verbal commitment to Purdue in April, but has since reopened his recruitment since Boilermakers coach Mark Wasikowski left to take over at Oregon.
Xavier has also made an offer to Dowler, who has had discussions with SEC, Pac-12 and Big 10 schools.
"When coaches left, I felt like I needed to reopen my recruitment," said Dowler, who still is considering Purdue. There is a lot of interest out there. I'm excited to think about the possibilities."