The North Carolina State softball team will get a double dose of the Masters sisters next season.
Lauren Masters, 17, signed a letter of intent last month to play softball for the Wolfpack.
Not long afterward, Ashlyn Masters, 20, earned a spot on the team and will transfer to N.C. State from Northwest Florida State College this year.
It will be the first time the sisters from Evans have played together since serving on the same travel ball team years ago.
And it will be the first time that N.C. State softball coach Lisa Navas will coach sisters on the same squad at the same time.
“She’s really excited about,” Lauren said of her new coach getting both her and Ashlyn.
“Regardless of us being sisters, (Navas) has seen us both play and knows that we’re good players,” interjected Ashlyn. “I think that’s why she’s excited. Us being sisters is just a bonus.”
While Lauren always wanted to play for N.C. State, Ashlyn initially choose to continue her softball career at Florida State after considering joining the Wolfpack.
It was a decision Ashlyn came to regret.
“I didn’t like the coaching staff (at Florida State) and the way they did things,” she said without mentioning specifics.
Getting a chance to play for Navas appealed to the sisters.
“She’s the kind of coach who will always have your back,” Lauren said.
“She does things the right way,” added Ashlyn. “You can trust her.”
Perhaps the only conflict might be deciding who gets to play second base. Both have been playing that spot on their current teams.
“Well, I’ve also played some third base, so I think I might go there and Ashlyn will stay at second,” Lauren said.
The sisters said they like complementing each other on the field.
“Ashlyn is a better hitter,” said Lauren.
“But Lauren is a better fielder,” said Ashlyn. “Her strength is my weakness and vice-versa.”