CASA GRANDE — Life is better when you can share it with your best friend. After high school, however, friends and teammates usually go their separate ways.
It’s always a memorable moment when as high school senior signs their letter of intent to continue playing the sport they love.
What made Friday’s signing ceremony extra special for two Casa Grande Union baseball players is that not only will they continue being teammates, but they get to experience another chapter of their lives together.
Adam and Aaron Blunt are twin brothers who always dreamed of playing baseball in college together, and thanks to Providence Christian College in Pasadena, California, they will have that opportunity after receiving dual baseball scholarships.
“It’s kind of a once in a lifetime type of thing,” Aaron said. “Not many people get the opportunity to go to college with their brother, especially their twin brother. It’s just a blessing to have the opportunity to continue life with this dude because he’s been there for me every step of the way, and I’ve been there with him too. I’m glad we can continue to do that.”
The brothers said there was a very good chance their days as teammates would end in high school as they were each talking to different colleges.
“When we got the opportunity and got the same scholarship at the same school, we knew that we had to take it,” Adam said. “I’m looking forward to just being able to continue to live with him and face everyday challenges with him.”
While the Blunts are excited to continue with their athletic careers, they’re also looking forward to getting a valuable education at a four-year school.
Aaron is interested in studying business as he enjoys solving problems.
“I’ve always been decent at mathematics, so just that area of field is more my main focus of what I’d be successful at later on in life,” Aaron said.
Adam plans to study journalism and communications because he’s always been strong at English and writing opinions others want to read.
“I’ve been a skilled writer my whole life, and I knew that’s something that I would like to make a career out of,” Adam said.
While the brothers also spent some time on the hardwood, baseball is where their passion truly lies, as the sport has always been a part of their family and basketball was more of a way to remain active before baseball season started.
For Adam, there was a moment during his sophomore year when he didn’t want to play baseball anymore but missed his chance to quit.
“My dad sent me a text that said if you get this text and you see it, you can quit and come home, but if you don’t see it and you go to practice then you have to stay,” Adam said. “I didn’t see the text and I went to practice and I had a good year. I stuck with it, and I found my love for baseball again.”
He added he’s going to remember being able to push through the hardships, such as fighting for playing time and how he learned to handle adversity.
Aaron’s biggest take away of his time at Casa Grande Union is to not take anything for granted.
“Have a purpose for what you’re working towards,” he said. “Don’t just go through the motions every day because that’s not going to get you anywhere. Have a purpose to your goal to where you’re going to work towards it day-by-day until you finally reach your goal.”