Floyd Central (Ind.) High's softball team is like most others; when its pitching dominates, the Highlanders tend to dominate. Floyd Central tends to use only a couple starting pitchers, and, like some other programs, each starting pitcher prefers to use their own personal catcher.
That's where things at Floyd Central are a bit different, because the Highlanders' two starting pitchers have their younger sisters serve as their catchers.
According to the Jeffersonville News and Tribune, senior starting pitcher Jordan Batliner throws exclusively to freshman sister Taylor Batliner, while fellow senior Samantha McClure pitches only to freshman sister Taylor McClure. The arrangement proved to be a unique and pivotal pair of pairings for Floyd Central, which excelled in 2011 thanks to its strong starting pitching.
"The relationship I know that they have as sisters, there's not necessarily a competitive relationship," Floyd Central softball coach Joe Witten told the News and Tribune. "They care for each other, and they're always helping one another. That's what a good battery does."
Good batteries also win games, which both sets of sisters have done plenty of in 2011, thanks to different relationships between both sets of sisters. The Batliners tend to be competitive with each other, on the diamond and off, while the McClure's consider themselves best friends and faultlessly try to encourage each other.
No matter what their motivation, the sisters have found ways to get the most out of each other, all to the benefit of Floyd Central.
"We're really close as sisters, so it works really well," Samantha McClure told the News and Tribune. "We know what we can say to each other, and we're not going to get mad.
"I called her out to the mound a couple of games ago, and I got on her kind of bad and I wasn't worried at all that she was going to be upset about it. She listened to what I said and we worked it out."
- Floyd Central