25 May 2010
Softball: VC teammates go way, way back
Concklin, Feerick born on same day in same hospital
Leeana Feerick, left, and Taylor Concklin were born in the same hospital on March 9, 1994.TH-R/Justin Rodriguez
When they met four years ago at a summer travel softball team party, Lisa Concklin and Tina Feerick immediately had something in common.
Their daughters, Taylor and Leanna, were born on the same day — March 9, 1994.
The two moms kept talking and they discovered that their girls were both born at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern. The story gets even better.
Taylor Concklin and Leeana Feerick — their families strangers at the time — arrived just an hour apart, delivered by the same physician, Nancy Waltner. And all these years later, Concklin and Feerick, both sophomores, are Valley Central teammates and best friends.
"It's actually really interesting to me. It's weird," said Concklin, Valley Central's starting center fielder. "We didn't even know each other existed until the sixth grade. Now I wonder if we were right next to each other in the nursery."
Concklin was born at 7:47 a.m. According to Tina Feerick, Waltner then left to assist another doctor in delivering Leeana by Cesarean section. She arrived at 8:49 a.m.
At the time, the Concklins lived in Chester. They moved to Montgomery in 1998. The Feericks arrived in Maybrook five years ago by way of Highland Falls and Thiells in Rockland County.
Since then, Concklin and Feerick, a Varsity845 first-team all-star last season, have become close friends. Their parents are tight, too. The girls still play summer softball together.
Concklin and Feerick got their driving permits together and celebrate every birthday — except their Sweet 16 — with a dual party.
Both have played big roles for Valley Central — Feerick is hitting .354 and Concklin is at .273, leading the team with six sacrifices. The pair helped Valley Central clinch the Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association Division II title last week, and the Vikings (17-2) will be the top seed in the Section 9 Class AA tournament.
"I think it's just funny and interesting that they've become best friends," said Valley Central coach Frank Jordan. "I just found out last year. The first thing I thought was 'What are the chances?' and 'How lucky am I?' "
Concklin and Feerick said some teammates and friends don't believe them when they talk about their unique connection.
"They are shocked," Feerick said. "We talk about it all the time. It's just a weird occurrence. I think we will always talk about it and we are going to be friends for a long time."