Lawrie Siblings Push Each Other, All The Way To The Top

March 17, 2010

By Larry Stone
The Seattle Times

MARYVALE, Ariz. -- Let's start by answering the question everyone wants to know: No, Danielle Lawrie, the best college softball pitcher in the land, has never faced Brett Lawrie, the highest-drafted Canadian position player ever.

Not on the sandlots of Langley, B.C., where the siblings grew up dominating the diamonds. Not on one of the Lawrie family camping trips, where their father, Russ, would invariably wake up the kids at 7 a.m., find a nearby ball field, and insist upon a workout to start the day.

Not even in their backyard. For one thing, Brett said Tuesday, standing outside the Milwaukee Brewers' minor-league facility in Maryvale, there was the risk of injury if one of Danielle's screaming fastballs went astray. But that wasn't all of it.

'My dad is not really a fan of that. Not now, anyways,' Danielle said last week while sitting in the dugout of the Husky Softball Stadium during a respite from her relentless dominance of college fastpitch.

'He doesn't think it's necessary, because either way, it's going to be a lose-lose. I strike him out, and he's super-pissed, or he gets a hit off me, and I'm really upset. So we'll just leave it at a mystery until the day it comes about.'

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