Sibling rivalry: Edgeworth sisters star for rival softball squads

Melissa Meador | Buy at photos.djournal.com Amory's Brittany Edgeworth, left, and Smithville's Breanna Edgeworth are sisters and rivals and key sluggers for their teams.

Melissa Meador | Buy at photos.djournal.com
Amory’s Brittany Edgeworth, left, and Smithville’s Breanna Edgeworth are sisters and rivals and key sluggers for their teams.

By Gene Phelps

Daily Journal

When opponents venture into softball tradition-rich Monroe County this year, they have to deal with the “Killer Bs” – Amory’s Brittany Edgeworth and Smithville’s Breanna Edgeworth.

The sisters – Brittany, a freshman catcher, and Breanna, a senior third baseman – lead their teams offensively. Brittany is batting .590 with seven home runs while Breanna is batting .696 with seven doubles and two homers.

“They’re both really good players and really good kids,” Amory coach Chris Pace said. “Breanna’s always been a thorn in our side. She’s never an easy out.

“We’re lucky to have Brittany here with us.”

The Edgeworths moved from Smithville to nearby Amory a few years ago, but Breanna wanted to continue playing for the Lady Noles and was granted a release to do so.

The sisters say if there’s any sibling rivalry, it’s minor.

Melissa Meador | Buy at photos.djournal.com Amory’s Brittany Edgeworth high-fives her sister, Breanna, after hitting a home run against Smithville.

Melissa Meador | Buy at photos.djournal.com
Amory’s Brittany Edgeworth high-fives her sister, Breanna, after hitting a home run against Smithville.

“There may a little, but nothing major,” Breanna said. “We do talk about softball more than I thought we would.”

“We don’t talk about (the rivalry) a lot,” Brittany said. “We mostly talk about what we’ve done bad in a game. I’ll ask her for advice.”

Both players respect each other’s talents on the field.

“She’s a good hitter and I’ve learned a lot from her,” Brittany said.

“She’s pretty good, I have to give her credit,” Breanna said, then smiled.

The coaches can’t say enough good things about the sisters.

“Bre has always been one our best players,” Smithville coach Jeremy Duke said. “I think it’s her overall consistency that stands out … with her glove, throws and her stick.”

“Brittany plays catcher for us, but she could play the infield or in the outfield,” Pace said. “She’s a very good worker and very vocal player.”

Busy mom and dad

Their parents may have the toughest chore, following both daughters in slow pitch this fall and fast pitch in the spring.

“It’s her senior year,” Brittany said. “They try to make it to one of my games a week. If we’re not playing, I go to her games.”

“Where they go depends on where we play,” Breanna said. “It works out most of the time.”

gene.phelps@journalinc.com