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Calhoun softball siblings help Sam Houston State to successful season

By Keldy Ortiz
May 19, 2013 at 12:19 a.m.

Cecilia, left, and Tiffany Castillo went on to play softball at Sam Houston State after graduating from Calhoun. Cecilia just finished her junior year while Tiffany just finished up her freshman season.

CASTILlO SISTERS SEASON AT A GLANCE

TIFFANY CASTILLO

(FRESHMAN)

51 games (47 starts) - .381 batting average, 9 doubles, 9 home runs, 40 RBIs, 62 hits total, 3 walks

CECILIA CASTILLO

(JUNIOR)

58 games (57 starts) - .306 batting average, 8 doubles, 9 home runs, 33 RBIs, 31 runs, 57 total hits, 10 walks

Playing when it counts has been a tradition sisters Cecilia and Tiffany Castillo have followed since high school.

At Calhoun, they helped lead the Sandies to the playoffs. In college, they want to keep the success going.

The Sam Houston State softball team completed their season losing in the Southland Conference Championship this month. While the Bearkats did not make the playoffs, Cecilia and Tiffany competed their first year together on the team.

"It made me more comfortable," said Cecilia, 21, on reuniting with her younger sister. "My other half was on the field. It kind of felt like home."

Cecilia is finishing her junior season on the team, with which she had a .306 batting average along with 33 RBIs. Tiffany, however, had a .381 batting average, good for second best on the team in her freshman year.

Both players received All-Southland Conference honors this season - Tiffany was named to the third team all-conference, while Cecilia received honorable mention.

While they've enjoyed their time together playing softball in college, competing on a collegiate level has been difficult, especially for Cecilia. She had to transition from pitcher to infielder.

"At first, it was stressing because I didn't get a chance to pitch," said Cecilia. "I just kept working hard. It was not until I won a position over I started to play."

Tiffany had to switch from catcher to shortstop but learned to adjust. The girls usually bat back to back in the lineup.

"My goal was to hit really well, not make any errors and doing whatever I can," Tiffany said. "I'm finally starting to play like I wanted to."

Cecilia and Tiffany expressed that changing positions was a new experience, but Bearkats softball coach Bob Brock didn't see it that way. He recruited both players, understanding a possible change of positions would need to be made.

"I thought both of them were good enough athletes to transition, which they were," he said. "They've helped each other out."

Their father and softball coach, Daniel Castillo, practices with his daughters when they come home during breaks from school. For him, it's a dream to see them play.

"They've been (playing) together since 7 and 9 years old," he said. "They could play anywhere, but I'm glad they're playing together."

Castillo added he was not worried for his daughters transitioning to play in college. In practices at Calhoun, he made them play various positions to be prepared for whatever happened at the collegiate level.

While Tiffany is completing her first season with the Bearkats, Cecilia wanted her sister's first season to not be difficult. She wants what is best for her.

"I told her to play like she is in high school," Cecilia said. "She's making the most of her opportunities, and I'm happy for her."

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