(Left) Alton senior pitcher Brittany Roady delivers a pitch early in the season in Wood River. She has been the ace of the Redbird staff this season. (Right) Jordyn Roady delivers a pitch for the LCCC softball team this spring. She has pitched some, while being a dynamite hitter for the Trailblazers during her sophomore campaign.
Jordyn and Brittany Roady are like most sisters. They confide in each other, stay active and occasionally squabble.
Yet their sister act has one gripping component: competitive softball.
Brittany, a senior pitcher, is completing a strong season at Alton High and Jordyn, a hitter, just finished a stellar sophomore campaign at Lewis and Clark Community College.
Two years ago, they both played for the Redbirds, but now they have gone their separate ways — except for their links to softball. Their favorite sport enables them to keep in touch as much as possible.
“We follow each other, but I think we are definitely different,” said Brittany, a 19-game winner for the Redbirds, who were 20-7 through May 14. She was 19-6 with a 1.41 ERA through the Redbirds’ first 27 games. Roady recorded 189 strikeouts with only 24 walks in 164 innings and was batting .300.
Brittany Roady quipped, “We usually don’t fight, but sometimes we argue about silly things.”
Jordyn Roady added, “It’s a typical sister relationship. There are things we disagree about, but most times we agree. We support each other, especially in softball.”
They wouldn’t be siblings without that normal give-and-take relationship.
And their competitive nature likely has sparked their softball success and that of the Redbirds’ program. Alton has compiled a 95-39 record with a Roady in its lineup since 2013. And the Birds have registered their fourth consecutive 20-win season.
“They are both amazing pitchers and I have enjoyed catching both of them,” AHS receiver Miranda Hudson said.
Dan Carter was glad to see Jordyn go on to LCCC and savor two solid seasons. He’s also pleased that Brittany has become the ace of the Birds’ staff. Jordyn hit .364 her senior season and drove in a team-best 33 runs. She also went 8-0 with a 2.45 ERA in the ring.
“Jordyn is a very good hitter and one of our best hitters her senior season. But I would say that Brittany probably has more power,” he said. “Both are great kids from great families.
“I will tell you how much I think of them. Both have baby-sat our kids.”
That’s a rattling validation and ringing endorsement.
Jordyn Roady did about everything expected of her for the 30-20 LCCC Trailblazers this spring. She batted .431, with 11 home runs and 57 RBIs, and led the team in all three categories. In addition, she collected 27 extra base hits.
LCCC bowed out of postseason play May 6, following losses to Lincoln Land of Springfield and Heartland of Bloomington. The high point of the season was a six-game winning streak from April 13-17. The Trailblazers also won seven of eight games from March 15-23.
In the circle, Roady posted a 5-4 record with a 3.86 ERA. Teammate Morgan Butler, another AHS graduate, was 9-4 with a 3.97 ERA.
“It was a decent year and I wanted to go out with a bang,” Jordyn Roady said. She plans to attend SIUE, but is unsure of her major or whether she will try to play softball for the Division I Cougars, members of the Ohio Valley Conference. SIUE finished second to Jacksonville State in last week’s OVC tournament.
Jordyn noted, “I loved LCCC, the coaches at the school and playing softball. It’s not all about the games. It was more about the people you meet and that has really helped me grow as a person.”
Naturally, Brittany Roady encourages her older sister and tries to follow in her footsteps. They both embrace softball. Brittany is headed to Lincoln Land to continue her pitching career.
“She’s my big sister, so I have always looked up to her and learned a lot from her,” Brittany said. “Both of us started playing softball from Darrell Gaudio (then of the Alton Flames) and we learned from him. I started when I was 8 and Jordyn was 10.”
The Redbirds are scheduled to finish their regular-season schedule May 20 at home against Triad. They are seeded second behind Edwardsville in the 4A Normal Community Sub-Sectional and are paired at Collinsville with O’Fallon, Belleville West and the host Kahoks in regional action. The top-seeded Tigers play at home in a bracket that includes Quincy, Belleville East and Granite City.
Both regionals begin May 24 and are slated to conclude May 27. The Collinsville and Edwardsville champions square off May 31 at a site to be determined in Southwestern Illinois. Normal Community is playing host to the sectional.
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