The North East softball team this season has a unique makeup. This year, three sets of sisters can be seen on the field with five in starting roles and one as an assistant coach.
This was all set to happen last season but COVID-19 ended the 2020 season before it kicked off.
“It’s great to see these girls pick each other up and help push one another,” coach Jason Morell said. “You can see the respect they have for one another and can still have a good time joking around. These are opportunities that they will cherish forever and probably never forget.”
Currently the Pickers are second in the region and are looking to make a playoff run in the post season.
Those sisters include:
Delaney Prather, a versatile player all around. On the mound she currently has 33 strikeouts. She is equally powerful at the plate as one of the leading hitters with a .571 batting average and multiple extra base hits.
“It can be frustrating at times playing with my sister as a coach, but I know she’s trying to push me to do my best,” Delaney Prather said.
Her sister Tori Svetz came on last season as the assistant coach and previously played softball at North East.
Madison Shafer is one of the team captains. She is dual enrolled at Penn State Behrend and plans on attending medical school after finishing her undergraduate. On the field, Madison plays a multi-tude of positions and is currently one of the top hitters on the team with a .500 average and leads the team in RBI.
“We are able to push each other and encourage friendly competition,” Madison Shafer said. “It is also nice because I have someone in the dugout rooting for me even if I’m not doing my best.”
Her younger sister Miranda Shafer is undecided for her career path but enjoys snowboarding in her off time. She plays left field and first base. She urrently has a .387 average and follows Prather for most runs scored.
“I enjoy playing with my older sister for the rides to practices and games,” Miranda Shafer said. “We also have fun and I like that we have always played together.”
Elizabeth Svetz helps make up the middle infield at shortstop and second base. Elizabeth has power at the plate and hit one over in a scrimmage with Villa and hit another shot inside the park at North East’s monster field allowing her to run the bases against Iroquois. She looks to continue her edu-cation at Gannon and obtain a degree in nursing.
“I really enjoy playing with my sister because I always have my best friend by my side,” Elizabeth Svetz said.
Her sister, Amelia Svetz plays center field. As a left-handed hitter at the plate, she can swing away, bunt or slap. Amelia looks to continue with her education and become a pediatric physician’s assis-tant.
“Playing with my sister allows me to push harder knowing I have her support but also pushes me to be better than her,” Amelia Svetz said. “Healthy competition of course.”