Sister act: Durham College fastball stars appear in Sports Illustrated

Twin sisters Erica (left) and Erin Dewey, members of Durham College’s women’s fastball team, are featured in the weekly Faces In The Crowd section of the November 11, 2010 issue of Sports Illustrated. The recognition caps off an illustrious three-year career for both sisters.

November 22, 2010

For the past three years, twin sisters Erica and Erin Dewey have enjoyed some of their greatest athletic success together as part of Durham College’s women’s fastball team. This week they shared another honour: appearing together in Sports Illustrated (SI), one of the most popular sports magazines in the world.

Appearing in the November 11, 2010 issue of the magazine, the Dewey sisters are the second and third varsity athletes from Durham College to enjoy the SI spotlight with both included in the popular weekly Faces in the Crowd feature.

“I am still shocked that we are in SI,” said Erin Dewey. “I grew up reading the magazine and to actually be in it is a pretty cool feeling.”

Natives of Port Hope, both sisters are in their final year of the college’s Sport Management program and together have enjoyed extremely successful varsity sports careers including winning two Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) championships and a bronze medal at the Canadian Collegiate Women’s Fastball National Championship.

“It’s a great honour to be recognized in a magazine like SI,” added Erica Dewey. “Having my sister to share it with makes it that much better.”

This year, Erin Dewey was named the OCAA Women’s Fastball Player of the Year for the third straight season, posting a .677 batting average and scoring a league-high of 20 runs. She also earned the OCAA Top Batter Award and was named to her third provincial all-star team. Her career batting average of .559 is an OCAA record.

Erica Dewey, an outfielder for the Durham Lords, batted .464 this season and led the league in runs batted in with 15. As a rookie in 2008, she tied an OCAA record with 22 runs scored and shares the record for hits and runs in a game with her sister.

“We are extremely proud of Erin and Erica for all of their accomplishments as members of our varsity fastball program and now they have been duly recognized in the pinnacle of sporting publications,” said Ken Babcock, athletic director, Durham College. “It is something they will cherish for a lifetime and should be extremely proud of.”