Fort Worth Christian sister, brother pick up wins on same day

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At 4 p.m. April 1, Fort Worth Christian sophomore pitcher Mycah Freudiger began her journey through five innings of work against Watauga Harvest Christian on her home softball diamond.

A few hours later, with a strikeout and a win in Freudiger’s possession, senior Payton Freudiger began warming up for his spot start against the Home School Athletic Association on the baseball diamond, visible over the left field fence of the softball field.

It was the second time the two had pitched on the same day, the first was a year earlier with the siblings in different towns. Payton’s team was in Houston, and the brother and sister were not both successful that day.

But on April 1 they were. No fooling.

It was days later when the team’s statistician told the family about the oddity – that a brother and a sister each earned a pitching victory on the same day for the same school.

“I thought it was really cool,” said Payton, who pitched a complete-game shutout, striking out four. “[Mycah] is a softball starting pitcher and I pitch occasionally, so that was really, really cool.”

The event was hardly out of the ordinary for the Freudigers, who spent their childhood bonding over the sports they have each played since age 4.

Payton, the older brother, also has taken on a coaching role for his younger sister, said Sheila Freudiger, their mother.

“He’s helped her a lot with the mental game since he’s been playing longer, and he catches her when she pitches,” Sheila said.

Mycah was tickled by their accomplishment.

“I hadn’t heard of that happening around the school, at our school or any other schools,” Mycah said.

Payton is helping lead Fort Worth Christian to another successful season. The Cardinals (21-9-1, 7-2 TAPPS 1-4A) advanced to the state semifinals last season.

Batting third in the lineup, Payton leads the team in hitting and has picked up his share of wins on the mound when he’s not playing third base.

“He’s a great teammate and he’s a great kid in general,” said Tracy Howard, Fort Worth Christian coach. “He’s a hard worker and a coach’s dream as far as that goes.”

After his senior season, Payton wants to pursue a pre-med degree in college and hopefully play baseball at the next level.

Local pitcher dealing

Arlington Martin football and baseball standout Eric Walker pitched a complete-game gem April 4, striking out 15 in nine innings of a 1-0 walk-off victory over Weatherford.

Walker also was Martin’s quarterback this past season.

Martin (18-7, 8-2 District 3-5A) has sole possession of first place in district, a game ahead of Arlington, Weatherford and Fort Worth Paschal.

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