(Editor's note: Cascade Collegiate Conference media release)
With COVID-19 putting live sporting events on hold, the Cascade Collegiate Conference wanted to take the time to highlight families within our #ThisIsTheCCC community. Many of our member institutions have administration, coaches and student-athletes family members competing together, making the CCC truly a family affair.
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Growing up with a sister 15 months apart, Brooke and Amber Brewer have a special bond, but it was their love of softball that made that bond unbreakable.
The two sisters from Peoria, Ariz., grew up playing sports but fell in love with softball at an early age.
“Growing up, my sister and I were always playing sports and once we started playing softball there was no going back,” said Brooke, a junior health science major. “This was the sport that we both loved and I think that being able to share that same love for softball with my sister brought us even closer. We push each other to be better players but at the end of the day, I know I will always have someone who will always be there for me.”
“It was so much fun [growing up playing sports together],” echoed Amber, a sophomore psychology major. “My sister and I always pushed each other to be better and we loved being on the same teams. We are best friends and playing softball together is what made us so close.”
Brooke came to Carroll in 2018 and the next year she was reunited with Amber. Together, the Brewers helped the Saints make back-to-back appearances in the Cascade Collegiate Conference Tournament, presented by U.S. Bank.
“Everything happens for a reason and I am so happy that I got to keep playing softball with my sister and end my career with her by my side,” said Brooke.
“I never really thought it would happen and when we both got the opportunity to play together it was something that we were really excited about,” said Amber.
While this past season was unfortunately cut short due to the corona virus, the Brewers have enjoyed having a built-in support system within the team.
“It’s so much fun to play together and just be able to do everything together knowing that we will always have each other’s backs,” said Amber.
They also know how to read each other, which comes in handy when a bad day happens.
“My sister and I have played softball together for over 10 years,” said Brooke. “We know each other so well that if either of us is struggling, the other will know exactly what to say or do. She is someone I can confide in for anything and it is my favorite thing in the world to be sharing an outfield with my sister.”
Brooke and Amber have one more year together at Carroll and are ready to make the most of it.
“My sister and I are best friends, we have never really been apart whether it has been in softball or just in our lives,” said Brooke. “We do everything together and we are always laughing and being goofy, like making jokes in the outfield because softball is a game, and games are meant to be fun. I think that is something that we always try to do for each other, make the game fun because we won't always get to play this game forever and we always try to enjoy the time we have together on and off the field.”