Tonawanda News — TOWN OF TONAWANDA — Lina Mirabella knows tonight’s East-West double header at Sheridan Park will be special. Not because it’s her first, but because it’s her brother John’s last.
Tonight John and Lina Mirabella will be part of the annual under-the-lights event that is the highlight of the Ken-Ton spring sports season, as Kenmore East and Kenmore West will clash in both baseball (6:30 p.m.) and softball (7:00 p.m.).
While siblings playing in the Sheridan Park double header is part of this long standing tradition, what makes the Mirabella’s story unique is John, a senior right fielder, will be playing baseball for Ken-East. While Lina, a freshman, will be donning the blue and white of Ken-West in softball.
It’ll be yet another special night in a lifetime of always being there for each other.
“Me and my sister play street hockey, she was the goalie and I shoot at her and she lets me fire (street hockey) balls at her outside or in the basement,” John Mirabella said with a smile.
Playing whiffle ball together during lazy summer days, John Mirabella said he never saw it as a situation where he was forced or told to spend time with his baby sister. It just always felt natural to be together.
“He encouraged me to play softball and hockey with him,” Lina Mirabella said. “He thought it was pretty cool that he had a younger sister who was playing too.”
Sharing a passion for ice hockey, Lina — who plays catcher and serves as a pinch runner for the Lady Blue Devils — was a member of the Kenmore girls team that went to the state tournament this year.
John, meanwhile, was part of the Bulldogs hockey team that captured the state championship last year.