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Ball playing Baldersons have a bright future

Haley Balderson dreams of being a physical therapist. Her twin brother, Carrington, would like to be a major league pitcher some day. In the meantime, while waiting for their futures to develop, the ball playing Baldersons are high school sports and academic stars at Washington & Lee High School. And, if the present is an indication of the future, the days ahead for the Balderson twins are bright indeed.


“Haley has been on the varsity softball team for four years now,” said W&L Softball Coach Lacey Morris. “She is the epitome of a student athlete.” Her brother’s varsity baseball coach is no less effusive. “Carrington has been a huge contributor for us over the last two seasons,” said Coach Michael Clark. Even more important to our team this year though is Carrington’s leadership.”

The twins were born on April 29, 1995, and will soon be celebrating their 18th birthdays. Haley, who was born ten hours before Carrington, has been playing ball since she was five years old. Carrington also began early, but got interested in other activities until he resumed playing baseball in high school.

Both Baldersons won all-academic honors last year and were also second team all-district. Both see sports as a challenge. Haley, who also plays varsity volleyball, talks about the challenge of “keeping the anxiety levels down and focusing on what you have to do.” Carrington talks of the challenge “of leading the team.”

“Haley is one of the most dedicated, genuine, and talented players that I have ever had the opportunity to work with,” said Morris. “I will miss not only her contributions to the softball program on and off the field, but I will miss her warm, beautiful smile as she graduates in June.”

“Carrington’s performance on the field and his leadership will be essential to a successful season for our team,” said Clark. Balderson, who is W&L’s top pitcher, has thrown two no-hitters for the Eagles. “To this point, he has been great, and I expect he will only get better,” Clark said.

All the praise and good comments don’t phase the twins, who are uncommonly grounded and focused on doing the right thing. Both will enter Christopher Newport University, just a two-hour drive from Montross, next fall. Haley plans to study physical therapy. “I want to use what I have learned to help others,” she said.
Carrington hopes to play baseball at Christopher Newport and get the opportunity to continue his growth as a pitcher. A fan of the New York Yankees and pitcher C.C. Sabathia, Carrington declares, “I want to work hard and have the dedication to play better.”

For these engaging twins, the sky is the limit. And no one at W&L is betting against them, because through determination, commitment and strength of character, the ball playing Baldersons have earned the right to take a victory lap.

 

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