Dadig, Boehme tandems enhance Seton-La Salle teams' success on the diamond
Brett and Danielle Dadig both grew up watching their dad, Wayne, play for Pittsburgh in the Senior Men's League as well as the Roy Hobbs League.
Pittsburgh won nine national championships and is honored with a display in the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum at the Heinz History Center.
“It was sort of a family thing,” Danielle said. “I kind of just grew up on the field, same as my brother. We've kind of been around it our whole lives. We've been traveling around with my dad. He used to play in Florida, so we kind of just grew up with it and stuff like that.”
Danielle Dadig is a second-year starter in the outfield on the Seton-La Salle softball team. During the 2013 regular season, she compiled a .540 batting average, a .940 fielding percentage, and led the Lady Rebels in stolen bases.
One of the sophomore's favorite parts of playing in the outfield is being able to see her dad standing behind the fence as she runs onto the field.
And if his support isn't enough, there always is her older brother.
Brett Dadig, a junior, also is a starter for the Seton-La Salle baseball team, which advanced to the WPIAL Class AA playoffs but lost a 2-1 decision to Deer Lakes in the first round earlier this week.
Normally an infielder, Brett has developed into a successful pitcher for the Rebels, and stepped up this year to win some crucial games.
Both credit their success on the diamond to each other.
“She's a great player,” Brett said of his sister. “I love watching her because I learn from her.
“Everyone says she's better than me; I'd probably have to agree. She has more speed than me. She is better all-around. She has a better attitude too. I can learn from her a lot.”
The Dadig siblings are so dedicated to the sport they have a hitting net set up in their garage, where they hit off the tee almost every night.
And sometimes, their 10-year-old sister, Lexi, practices with them.
Another Seton-La Salle family that can be found practicing at the batting cages is the Boehmes, as David and Kaylee also grew up around the game.
David Boehme got his first glove when he was 5. A junior, he is a starting pitcher for the Rebels, as well as their leading hitter.
He also credits his success to his sister.
“It's kind of awesome because a lot of the guys wish they had a younger brother to play with or practice with,” he said. “I'm kind of blessed to have a younger sister who is athletic enough and good enough at softball where she can handle going to the cages and playing catch with me. We help each other get better every day.”
Kaylee Boehme, a sophomore outfielder on the Lady Rebels' softball team, wanted to follow in her brother's footsteps.
This is only her second year playing fast-pitch softball. She is a two-year starter at Seton-La Salle, and finds that the outfield comes naturally after catching many fly balls and grounders in her back yard.
Sometimes their younger siblings, Victoria, 13, and Daniel, 10, practice with them as well.
“Our family is really competitive,” Kaylee said. “When David, Daniel, Victoria and I go to the batting cages, we always have friendly bets and everything.”
PLAYOFF NOTES: Seton-La Salle's softball team lost a 10-3 decision to Beaver in the first round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs earlier this week.
The Lady Rebels, the Section 1-AA champions, finished with a 12-2 overall record.
Beaver, the third-place team in Section 5-AA, improved to 11-6.
Brittany Goncar is a freelance writer.