By Nick Snow
STILLWATER, Okla. —
It’s taken nearly a full season but Stillwater High School softball coach Amber Davis has finally spotted a difference between Cailin and Sage Fluty.
Cailin is more easy going. Or is it Sage?
Affectionately referred to as the singular “twins” by Davis the freshman duo have not only confused their coach at times but have had opponents seeing double.
“It is just now October, and I can finally tell them apart,” Davis said. “They definitely have two different personalities once you get to know them.”
For a pair of sisters born minutes apart, it’s those personality differences that have been the key to the Lady Pioneers’ season.
“Their personalities are just night and day,” said Natalie Fluty, the twins’ mother. “Sage is more loose and laid back, and Cailin is the more serious one.”
Yet somehow they seem to work in perfect harmony together. When Cailin is pitching, Sage is usually nearby ready for a joke. When Sage is at the plate, Cailin is usually somewhere on base supporting her sister.
“She kind of makes fun of me sometimes but it also kind of helps me stay up,” Cailin said. “It helps me a lot. When I’m pitching, she knows what to call when I can’t hit my spots, or she’ll come tell me a joke on the mound that doesn’t make me think (about pitching) and makes me laugh.”
Even when Sage was learning to play first base earlier this season — something she hasn’t done a lot of in her softball career — having a familiar face at second base made that transition easier.
“I’ve never really played first base before,” Sage said. “Cailin just kind of helped me and encouraged me. It was very helpful because she taught me what to do and kept me calm.”
Keeping each other calm under intense pressure isn’t something new for the dynamic duo, who have been teammates since they both started playing softball in the second grade.
“(Cailin) has always been there to encourage me and keep me up when I’m down,” Sage said. “She encourages me to stay calm and not get nervous whenever I’m hitting.”
Like most sisters, they have their fair share of differences at times. But it’s that twin bond — one that only 33 out of 1,000 babies born in the U.S. each year share — that helps them understand each other and softball better.
“You can definitely tell their sisters,” Davis said. “They don’t argue or anything like that. They may make little comments to each other as sisters, but that’s just to help each other out. They’ve never fought or anything like that.”
“We know how each other feels,” Cailin said. “If we’re down, we know what to say to get each other up.”
As for Natalie, seeing both her girls thriving on the same softball field has been a dream-come-true.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Natalie said. “It’s something that we look forward to and spend a lot of time doing that. We kind of had that planned before they were even born. I was hoping I’d get a pitcher and a catcher out of the deal. ... I just really enjoy being able to travel with them and getting to meet all the different parents we meet through softball, and building relationships like that.”
And while Davis still may occasionally stumble on identifying who is who between the two twins, one thing is certain — she’d take four more sets just like them if she could.
“They’ve been real key players for us, either defensively or offensively,” Davis said. “I love that they’re just freshman. ... That whole freshman class is talented, so it just helps us to know that next year they’re going to be back and ready to go.”