Glenelg senior pitcher Becky Schmidt was crossing home plate, getting high-fives from teammates after hitting a home run against Mount Hebron earlier this season as her younger sister watched.
Freshman first baseman Casey Schmidt, was up next. She didn't want to be outdone.
"I went up thinking, `Man, if I could only get one good pitch right down the middle, then I could measure up.' The very next pitch just happened to be right down the middle and I cranked it," Casey said. "Everyone thought it was cool that I hit one right after my sister, and she called me a copycat."
The Glenelg softball season has largely been a family affair -- the sisters' father, Jim, is the coach and their mother, Carol, is the scorekeeper. It's also been an "anything-you-can-do-I-can-do-better" season for the sisters.
"We have white boards on the doors to our bedroom. She'll write down what she did. Right now she has 2-for-3 with a double on hers and I have 2-for-3 with a double and a home run [from Glenelg's 6-0 win over Reservoir on Friday]. It's a little competitive," said Becky, who is set to play softball and volleyball at Bridewater (Va.) College next year.
Going into the week, Becky was hitting .540 with 14 RBIs and six home runs, also going 11-5 with a 1.01 ERA. Casey is hitting .488 with 12 RBIs. In a recent win against Marriotts Ridge, the two again hit back-to-back homers.
Becky said it was a little different at first having her younger sister on the team. But she's proud of Casey's contributions and quickly learned to treat her like any other teammate.
As far as whose home runs go farther, Becky said there's no debate: "I think mine have, but it's hard to keep track. I always tell her mine was farther even if I don't know. She goes along with it even if she might not totally agree."
Glenelg (11-5) will meet Hammond or Centennial in the county championship game at 4 p.m. today.
Lions' second chance
The Howard baseball team opened the season with a 7-4 loss to defending county champion Centennial and got off to a 2-3 start. But after winning 12 straight games, the Lions, who surged past Reservoir to claim the Division II title, will get another chance at the Division I champion Eagles, when the teams meet in today's county championship game.
"The kids are looking forward to it," Howard coach Rich Jenkins said. "We're a different team than we were back then."