How two St. Fredrick softball players from Louisiana were picked to represent Germany
Their friendship began in soccer, but their love for softball shaped Abagail Creighton and Kyndall Taylor into best friends.
Taylor and Creighton became attached at the proverbial hip over the past two years. Living just a minute apart, Taylor said they do everything together.
The freshmen became an integral part of the St. Fredrick softball team as eighth graders, and now will represent Germany in the Triple Crown International Challenge tournament this summer in Denver.
"It does feel like 'Oh wow I'm on the German team' it's just like doing your thing, going along, then you sit back and realize 'Oh shoot I'm on the German team,' " Taylor said.
When the tournament was first held a year ago after being delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Germany coach Mark Stoicheff realized he needed to recruit Southern players after seeing one of his pitchers crumble as it began to rain.
"I think having someone who plays in the deep south, who can play through the rain is going to be a big help making us go further in the bracket," Stoicheff said.
Players from across the nation are selected to represent their heritage in the tournament.
"I just cant believe he picked us," Creighton said. "I was like 'Woah, us Louisiana kids?' "
Stoicheff was in contact with the pair's travel ball coach Renada Davis for a pitcher. That's when he landed on right-handed Creighton. Davis asked if he needed a shortstop and suggested Taylor. Stoicheff said he recognized the talent the two shared as individual players and together, leading them to a spot on the team.
Creighton (9-4) has struck out 117 batters in 70 innings, maintaining a 1.20 ERA. At the plate she has averaged .431 with 25 RBIs and five home runs.
Taylor, who is a defensive security blanket for Creighton, is hitting .528 with nine doubles, two home runs and. 26 RBIs.
Taylor and Creighton were the only two from Louisiana selected to participate in the tournament.
"I'm happy for them but they've earned that because of their hard wok," St. Fredrick coach Ronnie LaSuzzo said.