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Franksen, Eisenbeis share special relationship
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Meghan Franksen is going to Kent State University. Heidi Eisenbeis is headed to Saint Mary's College.

On Saturday, the Ceres High seniors will try to lead the varsity softball team past the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Playoffs in Sacramento.

"I can see us doing really well," Eisenbeis said. "Everybody's hitting. We're playing great defense. Jennifer Arnold is pitching awesome."

Added Franksen: "This team's confident. We know we can come back when we're down."

Franksen and Eisenbeis have a special relationship. They've been playing softball together since they were nine.

"We're good friends," Franksen said. "We talk everyday."

Franksen and Eisenbeis played travel ball together for six seasons.

They've suited up for the the Ceres Sizzle 10s, California Grapettes 12s, California Sacrifice 12s, California Rock-n-Fire 12s and 14s, and USA Academy Gold 18s.

Franksen and Eisenbeis joined the Ceres High varsity softball team in the ninth grade. The four-year starters helped guide the Bulldogs to three league championships and four playoff appearances. Both players earned all-league honors during their freshmen, sophomore and junior years.

Franksen and Eisenbeis are having sensational senior campaigns.

Franksen is currently batting .423 with three homers, two triples, eight doubles, 25 runs and 12 RBI. She has a .692 slugging and .948 fielding percentage.

Eisenbeis is batting .400 with eight triples, four doubles, 14 runs and 15 RBI.

"Meghan and Heidi are two of the best players I have ever coached," said Ceres coach Mike Corsaut.

Franksen and Eisenbeis are also great students. Both have cumulative 3.5 GPAs.

"We motivate each other to do our work," Franksen said. "We're in the same classes."

Added Eisenbeis: "We've always had at least two classes together."

This summer, Franksen and Eisenbeis will play for the USA Academy Gold, which is based out of Stockton.

Then they'll say goodbye.

"We'll keep in touch for sure," Eisenbeis said.

Said Franksen: "We have cell phones. We'll text message each other." - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier