By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(March 10, 2014) – Loudoun Valley High School senior twins Addison and Courtney Dieterich have committed to continue their softball careers together at Westminster College starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
Both sisters noted that their decision to attend Westminster stemmed from the degree programs the small-private school in Pennsylvania offers.
“They are ranked No. 1 in the country for ‘women in science’ majors, the campus is breathtaking, has a lot to offer socially and the softball program has an outstanding reputation,” said 5-foot-3 Addison.
Courtney echoed her sister and noted the academic really drove her to Westminster.
“Westminster College provides a dual major curriculum that will allow me to pursue my goal of obtaining both Special Education and Elementary Education undergraduate degrees,” said 5-foot-7 Courtney.
Along with the opportunity to pursue a great education, the Dieterich twins will have the chance to play for Westminster head coach Jan Reddinger who will be entering her 18th season with the Division III Titans this spring.
In 2013, Reddinger led Westminster to a 23-15 record including a 14-4 finish in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference earning the regular season championship.
The Titans open their 2014 campaign on March 9 in Orlando, Florida at the Rebel Spring Games.
“I hope to provide an immediate offensive and defensive impact helping our team to win the PAC championship,” said Courtney who will play outfield for the Titans. “Addie’s experience as a catcher on our Loudoun Storm 18U travel team will most certainly provide an immediate impact defensively.”
Addison noted the Titans graduated six starters last spring so she and Courtney will have a chance to influence the Westminster softball program as freshmen.
“As a freshman, I’m hoping to provide a strong bat and speed to the lineup,” said Addison who will play either outfield or catcher for Westminster. “Those who have played with Courtney have commented that she has one of the strongest arms around. I think she will provide an immediate impact as an outfielder.”
Addison and Courtney who both play travel softball for Loudoun Storm 18U Red, will begin their senior seasons with the Loudoun Valley Vikings on March 17 when they travel to Warren County High School for their season opener.
Last spring, the Vikings finished 13-10 dropping their final game of the season to rival Woodgrove High School, 4-2, in the Dulles District semifinal. Loudoun Valley has a young team including six sophomores and three freshmen.
“We have a young team. Even so, the majority of our starters are back, and I feel as though we will be very competitive and go a lot farther than people expect,” Addison said.
As prep softball teams pop up around Loudoun County, age often plays less of an impact than does hard work and dedication.
“My expectations are very high. We have a great group of hard working girls who will bring a lot of talent to the field,” Courtney said.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Dieterich sisters have noticed their talent on the field since they began playing with each other when they were just seven years old playing just one season since then on different teams.
“During that season, Addison was pitching and I was in the opposing team’s dugout,” Courtney reminisced. “As any twin should do, I was heckling her and I guess she forgot where we were. She put down her glove and ran into my dugout to yell at me. After that experience, we went back to playing on the same team.”
Even with the one season apart, Addison noted playing with her sisters just seems right.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to play college softball, and the fact that I get to experience it with Courtney makes it that much sweeter,” Addison said. “Coach Reddinger is hoping to commit my younger sister, Kailey Liverman, next year so softball at the college level will be as it has always been, the three sisters doing it together.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!