It isn’t surprising that twin sisters Amanda and Crysta Laughlin are close and competitive. After all, the Yorktown softball players have been competing together since they were about 6 years old.
“It is good competition-wise,” Amanda said about playing together that long. “We are always competing.”
Crysta agreed, naming her counterpart the more competitive of the two.
“She’s very competitive, but when you always have that person that is there matching you, you always want to try to be better,” she said. “I feel like growing up with that, you kind of push yourself harder. It was nice.”
As the sisters play a vital role in the lineup and in the field, Amanda at third base and Crysta in left field, the two came into the Tigers’ program as freshmen new to the Yorktown area.
“Moving here, it’s nice that a lot of people love softball, too,” said Crysta.
It did not take long for the juniors to blend in and make their mark on the program.
“These past two years, we have really gotten comfortable with each other,” said Amanda about her teammates.
“It’s like a family,” Crysta added. “We all really get along and it’s a good team.”
The dynamics of the team seem to be that of a loose, relaxed unit, the sisters say. Amanda even describes it as “goofy.”
“We’ll be crazy and we’ll be goofy,” said Amanda of her teammates. “Even today we kind of nip at each other. It’s puppy love. You have to be mean to love each other.”
That dynamic has beeen successful for Yorktown this season. The Tigers have a 25-4 record after winning the Class 3A Twin Lakes Semistate last Saturday. The win put them in this Saturday’s state championship game against Tri-West Hendricks.
While the Tigers plowed through the postseason last year by winning regional for the first time in Yorktown history, the girls admit they still were not prepared for the kind of success they have had this season.
“We took it one game at a time and tried to keep a level head,” said Crysta. “We made sure that we didn’t get over arrogant with ourselves when we were playing.”
Added Amanda: “We made a bunch of goals at the beginning of the season. One of our goals was to win 80 percent of our games since we did so well last year.”
As the sisters agree that growing up with a mother who played softball and a father who played baseball as well as adult softball helped to motivate them both, they each have their own reasons for loving the game as they do.
“It’s the passion that it evokes from everybody,” said Crysta. “Just those tiny moments of chance where anything can happen. That’s the best.”
“The thrill,” said Amanda. “The thrill is phenomenal.”
And while the Laughlin twins continue to be successful in their own right, both admit that the success of the other is more important to them than anything.
“In the conference championship, Crysta had this amazing catch in left field,” said Amanda, replaying the action in her mind. “I was jumping up and down and calling and pointing at her. I was so excited.
“It’s good when your twin does something,” added Crysta, highlighting the fact that Amanda broke the school record for assists (61) in Yorktown softball history. “We motivate each other. She’s like my rock.”
On top of all the excitement that has been created heading into the championship, the twins point out that making it this far with the people who they love has been the best part of the experience.
“I even told the girls the other day, ‘Win or lose, I love all of you and we are still going to come back next year and kick some butt,’ ” Amanda said.