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Athlete Spotlight

Posted: March 13, 2012 - 11:11pm
Photo by Jim Blaylock  Evans High School freshman baseball players Kyle (left) and Matt Anderson are twins. Kyle is a pitcher and Matt is a catcher
Photo by Jim Blaylock Evans High School freshman baseball players Kyle (left) and Matt Anderson are twins. Kyle is a pitcher and Matt is a catcher

Kyle and Matt Anderson have been playing baseball since they were 4 years old. Now, the 15-year-old twins are using the skills they’ve acquired over the years as freshmen on the Evans baseball team.

It’s hard to tell them apart when they’re standing side by side, but it’s easier on the field when Kyle, a left-handed hurler, throws to Matt, a right-handed catcher. Being brothers and battery mates pays off during games.

“I can trust him in any situation,” Kyle said. “He calls my pitches. I rarely ever shake him off. We’re on the same page every pitch. We really work well together.”

Matt added, “We’ve been through it all together.”

While they’ve had the talent to start from day one for the Knights, that isn’t the only reason.

“They play hard. They give it everything they’ve got,” said Evans head baseball coach Ricky Beale. “They’ve been leaders. They’re vocal; not afraid to get on somebody if it’s needed.”

The catcher is the field general and that requires him to take charge, which is something Matt is not afraid to do.

“When I’m on the field, I like to tell them as it is,” Matt said. “I don’t like to sugarcoat it because as someone who’s behind the plate, I can see everything, so if I see something that’s wrong, I’m going to tell them. That way, we as a team work together.”

Making the transition to high school baseball was an odd adjustment, the teens said.

“It’s a completely different ball game from middle school and from travel (ball),” Kyle said. “You’ve got to pick up the pace. You’ve got to work harder, way harder, than you did.”

The brothers carry their spirituality with them on and off the field.

“To be able to play baseball and just glorify Jesus Christ in everything we do, it’s what I live for,” Kyle said. “I love the sport, but more than that, it’s always more than a game to me.

“I step out on the field as if it’s the last game of my life.”

The pair reference the baseball team frequently as family, and have had strong support from their parents.

“My mom (Elizabeth), when she sees us play together she gets so nervous because she wants us to do so well,” Matt said. “And dad (Steve) loves it. He played high school ... he just loves to watch us play. I really think the world of him. He’s my hero. He’s really been by my side the whole way. He’s really worked me.”

Matt would like to make a run at the state playoffs while at Evans and then keep going.

“I want to play college baseball, and if God lets me, then I’ll go into pro ball and that would be such a blessing,” he said. “That’s what I want to do.”

Kyle would also like to play college baseball at the Division I level, and knows that they’ll have each other’s back whether they go to school together or not.

“We’ve been through everything together,” Kyle said. “No matter what happens ... I’ll support him all the way. I’ll wear his colors. He’ll wear mine. That’s just how it’s (going to) be.

We’re brothers.”

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