The last Steyer sister standing loses?
Steyer sisters comprise one-third of Port Clinton’s starting softball lineup.
Freshman twins Paige and Lauren Steyer occupied the final two spots in the batting order Friday before junior left fielder Taylor Steyer re-started the line-up from the leadoff slot.
“We love to laugh,” Lauren said. “The Steyers can’t stay on their feet for a whole day. Coach says we can’t go a day without a Steyer falling.”
The Steyers, however, are working to stand strong when it counts. Paige is the Redskins’ shortstop while Lauren is at first base.
Lauren will share time on defense with sophomore Ashten Reagan after Reagan joins the lineup per transfer rules.
“I have to triple check the roster when I’m subbing,” Port Clinton coach Keith Mora said. “If I’m not careful with the first initial I’ll have the wrong girl in the outfield. They’re good teammates.
“At times on game day you can’t tell they’re related. They’re just teammates. They don’t treat each other differently.”
The Steyers didn’t get to play together in middle school.
“We’re two grades apart,” Taylor said. “I get to mess with them a little. It’s fun. It’s competitive, but it’s fun.”
Taylor wants her younger sisters to succeed but there’s a certain responsibility that goes with being born first. Taylor wants to set a Steyer standard while recognizing the twins have potential to make noise of their own.
“They play travel ball in the summer,” Taylor said. “It’s always been those guys together … as an upperclassman, I’m trying to fill a leadership role. Seeing them do what they do best makes me want to push harder and pick it up.”
Lauren looks up to Taylor for guidance.
“I like having an older sister like Taylor,” Lauren said. “She’s dedicated and determined. I didn’t know how I’d do early on after elbow surgery. I wasn’t sure what the coaches would expect, but I wanted to contribute.
“I’m happy to fill in and first is a lot of fun. My goal in every sport is to play varsity. Having Taylor makes it a lot of fun. If I strike out, they know what to say.”
The twins continue to improve chemistry on defense.
“There’s a lot of interaction,” Mora said. “It just worked out that way. Taylor can keep their heads in it as freshmen. The three are different – the twins are kind of similar with their play.
“Taylor has a lot of speed. On the field, they’re similar. Consistent. Sometimes the twins have freshman tendencies, but they’re growing together.”
The Steyers feed off each other.
“They have a role and you can trust them to carry it out,” Paige said.
Freshman second baseman Delayna Laurel and sophomore third baseman Katelyn Wammes also play key roles for Port Clinton. The younger girls have fit in quickly with veterans like seniors Emily Ashley and Kate Mueller and junior Morgan Hazzard.
“It would be harder, but the team is accepting of us,” Paige said. “It’s not seniority. They help us out. With Lauren and I and the other freshmen, it’s a lot to take in, but we’re working hard.
“We can joke around and we’re good friends. I’m not sure all varsity teams would be as accepting and willing. There are good role models.”
There is somebody there to offer direction when Paige is uncertain of where to go with the ball or defensive coverage.
“They’ve got my back,” Paige said. “They’ll cover it for me.”
The Steyers feel fortunate to spend time together with a team that is 5-2.
“If one of us was two years younger, we wouldn’t have had this opportunity to play at the same time,” Taylor said. “The freshmen have made a difference and been more leaders than most freshmen.
“I’m proud of them. They’re not scared to do anything.”
Lauren stumbled while tracking a foul ball early this season. She tripped before the ball unknowingly landed directly in her glove for an out.
It was a perfect example of the Steyers standing tall, even if they can’t remain upright.