Romine sisters put competitive nature to work for Central
Check out the batting order of the Central High School softball team.
One-third of coach Sabrina Juarez’s lineup is comprised of Romines.
For the second consecutive year, Rachel, Jessica and Danielle Romine have assumed three spots in the Warriors’ batting order.
“Our dad has always wanted us to be athletic,” Jessica said.
Rachel, a senior and the oldest, led the charge.
“I played tee-ball and coach-pitch until I was 8,” she said, holding her own against the boys until she began playing Little League softball.
“We just always followed in her footsteps,” said Danielle, a sophomore who is Jessica’s twin.
As the older sister, “I kind of play the at-home coach,” Rachel said.
As is generally the case with three sports-minded siblings, there are some epic contests at home.
“We always play Wiffle ball or something in the backyard,” Rachel said.
“It’s definitely competitive,” Danielle said.
“I can’t play with them,” their father, Scott, said. “It’s not just Wiffle ball. It’s tether ball, it’s basketball, it’s Monopoly.”
And whatever they’re playing is full-contact.
“We come in with welts on our arms from being hit,” Jessica said.
The twins are especially competitive with their older sister.
“I think us against (Rachel) is more competitive than the three of us (against each other),” Jessica said, and Rachel wholeheartedly agreed.
Even younger brother Luke, who turns 12 next month, gets in on the action.
“He’s grown up watching us,” Rachel said.
Because there’s two years’ difference between Rachel and the twins, they only played one year of Little League softball together. Two summers ago, the three began playing on the Golden Eagles club team.
“I think it’s made us a little closer,” Rachel said.
Not that they don’t have an occasional sisterly squabble on the field.
“We’ve had a few, but after the game’s over we try to forget it,” Rachel said.
That’s a family edict.
“My dad has a two-second rule,” Jessica said. “We can talk about it, then we forget about it.”
Juarez would give them good marks on their report card. They work and play well with each other.
“They’re actually really good together,” Juarez said. “You really wouldn’t know they’re related. They treat each other like one of the team.”
Juarez said Rachel doesn’t throw the big-sister thing in the twins’ faces.
“She has the power to, but she really doesn’t pull that,” Juarez said.
“I don’t think Rachel would be at the level she’s at without the twins,” Scott said. “I know the twins wouldn’t be where they’re at without Rachel.”
Rachel plays third base but can play either corner infield position. Danielle is the catcher. Jessica is the “true utility player,” according to Juarez.
As far as their hitting, Jessica leads the team in batting average, Rachel in home runs, Danielle in doubles.
This is the last month the three get a chance to play together.
“Hopefully Rachel doesn’t move too far away,” Danielle said.
Rachel’s plan is to play college softball next year.
“Rachel’s going to do big things in college,” Juarez predicted.
Juarez hopes the three still have some big things left to do in high school softball with the Warriors.
close out the season on a successful note.