It was a typical Wednesday afternoon at Mt. Spokane High School in Mead, and Stuart Flesland was finishing one of his better starts of the season.
The senior left-handed pitcher and Boise State signee exited the mound feeling good after a one-hit shutout, his only hit given up in the sixth inning of a 10-0 win over North Central. Then he heard what happened on the softball field on the other side of the school. His sister, sophomore Morgan Flesland, had thrown a perfect game.
“I was like ‘dang,’ ” Stuart Flesland said. His younger sister, also a left-handed pitcher, had outshined his stellar game, and he knew he hadn’t heard the last of it.
It’s second nature for the siblings to compete with each other. When they saw each other at home that night, sure enough, she brought it up.
The two say they are, in part, driven by outperforming one another.
“It’s super cool, just to see how he’s doing, it’s like, ‘oh, I gotta beat him somehow, what am I as a little sister if I can’t beat him?’ ” Morgan Flesland said.
And they don’t make it easy on each other. The Fleslands play the same positions in two different sports and are leading two separate teams through the postseason. The Mt. Spokane baseball team plays Timberline on Saturday at Yakima’s County Stadium, and the softball team plays a loser-out game on Wednesday against Shadle Park at 5 p.m.
Stuart Flesland has 63 strikeouts and a 0.39 ERA in 53.6 innings for the Wildcats (21-2). Morgan Flesland has 98 strikeouts in 98 innings with an 8-4 record and 2.54 ERA and has two home runs and 29 RBI this season.
Mt. Spokane coach Alex Schuerman says statistically, Stuart is the best pitcher that he’s seen in his 16 years in the program — competing with former Oregon State standout Drew Rasmussen, who is now in the Milwaukee Brewers organization.
And Morgan Flesland? She’s right there, too.
“I’ve seen them separately more than together,” Schuerman said. “They’re cut from the same cloth.”
But outside of competing, the two have been side by side since they picked up the sport. They played together on a coaches pitch tee-ball team. Both were sold on baseball and softball from an early age.
Even when they went to their separate sports, the two still play catch to this day, and use a hitting cage at their house. Morgan even throws a baseball sometimes, Stuart says, and tosses it “pretty hard.” Stuart rarely attempts a softball pitch.
“I could not do that,” he says.
As for the perfect game, Flesland is still yet to best his sister in that category. And, he says, those around him make him well aware.
“It’s funny,” Flesland said. “The whole year, me competing, once they heard about the perfect game, I’ve gotten close to throwing a no-hitter twice, they give me crap about it. Honestly it really does (motivate me), it’s a fun rivalry.”