Brett and Danielle Lawrie trained together as kids and competing passionately against each other is what made each sibling so good. Always needing to win every contest — whether it was baseball, basketball, running, pingpong, cornhole, anything — is the drive that helped Danielle become an Olympian, a two-time national college player of the year, a national champion and one of the world’s best softball players. It also is what made Brett, 22, an Olympian, a first-round draft pick and one of major league baseball’s top young players, now possibly on the verge of stardom with the Blue Jays.
Brett Lawrie had a .293 average with nine home runs, 26 runs scored and 25 RBIs in 161 at-bats with the Toronto Blue Jays last season.
“Some kids will try to do something, and if they can’t do it, they’ll just give up and move on to something else. But I wouldn’t,” Brett says. “At a young age, if I wanted to do something and wasn’t good at it, I still had to be better than anyone who was doing it — that’s just kind of the way I was. Doing sprints at the end of the game, I had to be first.”
She earned a scholarship to Washington, where she struck out 1,860 batters in 1,189 innings, threw eight no-hitters and pitched the Huskies to the 2009 national championship. After graduating, she signed with the Florida Pride of the USSSA and has pitched for them the past two years.
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