KEZI 9 Sports Senior Series: Thurston Softball

The bond between Thurston seniors Savana Decker and Olivia Jegtvig extends way beyond the softball field.

Posted: Jun 2, 2020 6:55 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Since they were in diapers Thurston seniors Savanna Decker and Olivia Jegtvig have always been by each other;s side. 

"We've grown up together and went to same elementary school, same middle school, same high school," Decker said. "We're kind of like sisters in a way."

Both went into Thurston together as freshman four years ago. That's when former Thurston and Oregon softball star Heather Holte took over the program. Decker and Jegtbig didn't know what to expect.

"She coached every level and played every level," Jegtvig said. "it was easy to trust her coaching."

Decker and Jegtvig bought into Holte's coaching style and turned Thurston from a losing program to a contender. The team won just 13 games during their freshman season. Last year the Colts won 19 games and earned a spot in the 5A state playoffs.

"I have never had two hitters that were more clutch at the plate," Holte said.

Despite the pair's fierce competitiveness some of their most memorable moments were behind a laugh, like the team's trip to Pendleton. 

"It was just the best two-day trip that we've ever taken," Jegtvig said. "The ride there and the ride back was just an adventure with our team."

Decker and Jegtvig will be separated for the first time in their lives. Although there time together on the diamond is finished their bond will keep them connected well beyond the fields at Thurston.

"When we do actually separate and move when we're older I think we'll always come back at least every other couple years to visit each other," Decker said.

"Me and Savana will be friends for life," Jegtvig said. "We've had the best memories together. I think softball really brought us together a lot more. I hope someday we'll come back. Who knows what will happen? I think we will stay friends for a long time."

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