Three sisters start for Arcadia

Taylor, Dana and Mariah Haines part of Raiders' starting nine

When Arcadia pitcher Taylor Haines is throwing in the circle and looks to her right, she sees her sister. And when she looks to her left, she sees her sister.

“It’s a third of our lineup! It’s kind of weird that you go home and a majority of your team is there,” she said.

Three Haines sisters start for the Raiders. Mariah is a sophomore; she plays right field. Dana, her identical twin, plays third. Taylor is a senior, so this is the only year all three will play together.

“It’s pretty cool to think about I guess,” Mariah said.

“I know how hard they’ve worked to get the abilities that they have now so it’s cool to have them with me,” Taylor said.

Some sibling rivalry definitely exists, but they say that’s a good thing.

“We can really push each other to reach our abilities,” said Dana.

“I feel like I push them harder because they know if they mess up, they’re going to have the wrath of me,” Taylor said.

It’s a kind of pressure only sisters can share, especially when the older sister was first-team all-conference last season.

“She’s a lot to look up to. That’s for sure. Big shoes to fill,” said Dana.

“She pushes me,” Mariah said. “That game versus Galesville, I got a popup and I thought it was going to burn me. It kind of rolled out of my glove and I still caught it. She said if you would’ve dropped that, I would’ve killed you!”

But in the end, there’s a connection, which they are reminded of any direction they look.