Withrow sisters season together at Tarleton cut short

Sports has always been an event that brings people to together, but for the Withrow family, sports means a little more.

Sisters Jordan and Jessica were dominating pitchers at Trenton. This season, they had the chance to play on the same team at Tarleton State, that is until season came to an end.

"I just couldn't believe that it was over. I couldn't believe that four days prior, I played in my last game, and I didn't even know it," said Tarleton senior pitcher Jordan Withrow. "It was a really heartbreaking moment, but at the same time I was like, 'We're going to get to play again.' There's no way this is over."

"No more softball ever with my sister. That's when it hit me," said Tarleton freshman pitcher Jessica Withrow. "Softball means so much to me, but it doesn't even come close to comparing how much my sister means to me. It just absolutely devastated me. I was so excited, and it just crushed my dreams, knowing that you don't get to play with her. Softball will never be the same without her.

Just 24 games into her senior season, Jordan had unknowingly played her last. During her time at Tarleton, she set the all time record for strikeouts with 676, but didn't get the chance to play out a full year with her sister.

"It was devastating, when I started putting all the pieces together, and realizing that this was going to be the end," said Jordan Withrow. "With all my teammates, and especially my sister, I wasn't going to play again. I know that God has a plan, and I might not see what it is now, but I know there is something bigger to all of this."

"This was our year, this was me and Jordan, we finally got our year to be on the same team again," said Jessica Withrow. "We got to travel all over the place. High School was so much fun getting to play with her, to think that I got the opportunity to do it all over again, at an even more competitive level, it's heart breaking to not get to see it through."

Even though they were only able to play half of a season together, it was a year that these sisters will never forget.

"It just ended up being some of the best memories I think I will ever have, being able to spend that time with her," said Jessica Withrow. "I just wish I would have been able to take a little more time to be appreciative of it."