Justin and Corey Seager like to compete during baseball games to see who does best.
That brotherly rivalry has translated into great play for the duo and for Northwest Cabarrus.
"We always want to do better, so we push each other," said Corey, a sophomore.
Justin, a senior, said that it's been fun to play alongside his brother while helping the Trojans get to the top of the South Piedmont Conference standings.
"We're both good ballplayers, and we make a good combination up the middle," he said.
Justin, the Trojans' starting shortstop, didn't play much last season after breaking a lower-back vertebra while weightlifting.
He said he's glad to be back on the field after a long rehab that prevented him from swinging a bat until December.
"It was really tough and really long," he said. "It was a long, long grind to get back into it."
Corey took over as shortstop for his brother last season and went on to win all-conference honors and join the Trojans' 20/20 Club, which honors Northwest Cabarrus players who've had more than 20 hits and 20 RBIs during the same season.
This year, Corey is back at his natural position - second base - and has continued to impress.
Justin has also excelled on the field and recently signed a letter of intent to play at UNC Charlotte. He said he's grateful for the opportunity to put on the 49er uniform.
"It was a huge lift off my shoulders," he said. "I'm so excited to go there. I can't wait."
Corey and Justin are the younger brothers of former Trojan star Kyle Seager, who went on to lead North Carolina to three College World Series and who was drafted in the third round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft by the Seattle Mariners.
"Our older brother is a great ball player and we'd like to follow in his footsteps," Justin said.
He and Corey are often compared with Kyle - who plays for the High Desert Mavericks, a high-class A minor league team, in Adelanto, Calif.
Northwest Cabarrus baseball coach Joe Hubbard said coaching all three Seager brothers has been a pleasure.
"It's been tremendous," he said. "They're good baseball players - and that's what most people know them for - but they're also great kids."
Hubbard added that the trio has never taken their talent for granted.
"These guys are just a joy to coach everyday - they come ready to practice and work hard everyday," he said.
Hubbard said that it's been a luxury to have Justin and Corey up the middle this season.
"They're very good ball players and don't make a whole bunch of mental mistakes - they make good decisions out there," said Hubbard.
He said that the Seagers are similar. In addition to playing in the infield, the brothers hit with similar mechanics - although from opposite sides of the plate.
But Hubbard said that the brothers are different off the field.
He explained that Justin is a more outgoing guy while Corey is more reserved and quiet.
"But as far as their baseball instincts out they are a lot the same," Hubbard said.
Justin and Corey have led Northwest Cabarrus to a 12-9 record (10-3 in the South Piedmont Conference) - as of April 29 .
Hubbard said his Trojans turned it around after starting 3-5. The Trojans have improved to the level that they have dominated in a good conference, which is exactly what a coach wants.
"The kids are starting to play better - and that's the way you've got to have it going down the stretch," Hubbard said.
The coach said Corey and Justin will be crucial going into the postseason. Hubbard added that they both have a chance to be great players.
"They've got potential, but they obviously have to continue to perform and get better as the years go on," he said.
Playing with each other might have helped them in that way.
"They push each other and pick up each other," Hubbard said.
"But they fight a little bit too, but that's how brothers are."
Corey put it in an even simpler way.
"Brotherly love - that's all it is."