Liz Scott arrived in this world first on May 11, 1995. Ten seconds later, Heather joined her.
And for the last 18 years, these twins on the Racine Lutheran High School softball team have been all but inseparable.
“I’ve never not had her around,” Liz said. “I believe the longest we have been apart is roughly a week.”
Within a matter of months, the two will finally go their separate ways when Liz heads to Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and Heather goes on to UW-Oshkosh. But considering their exploits on a diamond and their convictions in life, these twins are likely to be remembered at Lutheran for years to come.
“Both girls really reflect values of Racine Lutheran as they are both involved in multiple activities, have good grades and show character in and out of the classroom,” Lutheran athletic director Jason Block said.
Liz, a 4.0 student, has been involved in HALO and Habitat For Humanity and has volunteered to be a Salvation Army bell ringer. She also is a member of the National Honor Society and a Student Ambassador. Heather also has volunteered her time for HALO and the Salvation Army.
The seeds of their conviction were planted at an early age.
“When we were younger, we always watched Extreme Home Makeover and loved it,” Liz said. “I loved watching the family’s faces when they got a glimpse of the gift they had just received. It made me want to start a charity when I was younger.
“I still carry on wanting to help others to make their days a little better. One person can make such an impact on another’s life. As humans, we are in need of acceptance and love. So just being there for someone to give them that is a big deal.
“It’s a goal of mine to treat others like I would want to be treated.”
That compassion has been evident during softball games this season.
“One of the freshman got thrown out running the bases,” said Susie Drummond, Admissions Counselor at Lutheran who was attending that game. “When she came off the field, Liz talked to her and explained why she has to run part way on a fly ball.
“She did it in a very constructive, respectful manner. It was nice to see her mentoring skills in action.”
In fact, about the only people Liz treats rudely are opposing pitchers. The shortstop, a four-year starter, has had a season to remember, hitting .569 with eight doubles, three triples, eight homers and 26 RBIs. She has stolen 22 bases, has an on-base average of .674 and a slugging percentage of 1.097.
As for Heather Scott, Block said she “handles herself with class and dignity.” This cheerleader for the fall and winter seasons is not quite the caliber of softball player Liz is, but she has certainly made strides.
The third baseman has 32 RBIs — six more than Liz — and is hitting .282 with three doubles, a triple, three home runs and seven stolen bases.
Is there any sibling rivalry between the two? Not really.
“We know that we are completely different people and that someone is always going to be better or worse,” Heather said. “Whenever I have a problem with anything, I can go to Liz. She is always there for me and sticks up for me, no matter what.”
When the Crusaders open postseason play Tuesday with a 4 p.m. WIAA Division 4 regional semifinal against Catholic Central at Island Park, it could be the athletic swansong for these twins. And Liz is already a little melancholic over the impending parting.
“I know it’s going to be hard not to have her around in college,” Liz said. “I’m excited to see her grow, yet I’m sad I won’t get to really be a part of it.
“All in all, I’m going to miss her more than I let on. After all, she’s my other half.”