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Sibling rivalry is a huge part of growing up. A small, meaningless game of Monopoly can easily be turned into an all-out battle when the competition is between siblings. Sports are often taken even more seriously. There is an increase in the level of intensity and the competitiveness is at an all-time high when siblings go head to head.
Three Muhlenberg athletes faced their siblings while participating in spring sports this year: freshman softball player Lindsay Ruhling, sophomore baseball pitcher Aaron Regensberg and freshman tennis player Catherine Denenberg.
Lindsay Ruhling met her older sister, Jamie, in head-to-head action when Muhlenberg played Ursinus. Lindsay, a pitcher, said playing against her sister “gave the game an added element.” When Lindsay had to pitch to her sister in the second game of a doubleheader, she said that she could not look at her sister’s face and tried to think of her as just another batter.
“Trash talk is exciting. We’d been talking trash to each other weeks before the game was scheduled. Right before the game Jamie looked at me and said with a smirk, you’re mine, number 11,” commented Lindsay. Jamie did get the best of her younger sister, singling and drawing a walk in their two head-to-head encounters, and Ursinus won the game – but Lindsay had the last laugh, as Muhlenberg went on to capture the Centennial Conference championship.
This was only the second time the girls had ever played against one another; the first time being during a travel summer softball tournament. The Ruhling parents didn’t handle the situation as well as the girls, as they switched cheering sections every inning.
Aaron Regensburg got the chance to pitch against his brother when Muhlenberg met Ursinus in baseball action. He characterized his feelings on this as “kind of weird.” Aaron and his twin brother, Ryan, have always been on the same team, so playing against each other was a new-found idea for the boys.
“When I was pitching to him, I couldn’t look at him without laughing,” remarked Aaron. “Pitching to him was definitely a distraction, but I also knew that if I didn’t get him out that I would hear about it later.” This particular game sparked an added desire to win for Aaron. “Ryan is my best friend, and through him, I know a lot of the other guys on the team. I really wanted to win.”
The boys’ mother attended the game, but had to leave before it was over. “She came to the dugout to say goodbye to me and didn’t leave without commenting: now you’re even! Ryan had just gotten a hit off of me, but I also got him out twice. I think my mom was happy with that, although I would have preferred getting him out all three times,” Aaron added.
As in the case of the Ruhlings, Ursinus won the game, but the Mules later ended the Bears’ season by knocking them out of the Centennial Conference playoffs.
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