Lexy Mills hails from Oregon. Tyler Goldstein grew up in New York.
They met when they were 10 years old on a softball diamond in the Golden State.
The longtime friends and teammates will join forces one last time as seniors on Agoura High’s softball team.
“We’ve been through it all,” Goldstein said. “It’ll be really fun to finish it off with her, to represent Agoura one last time.”
After this season, the Charger stars will go their separate ways. Mills will continue pitching for the University of Kansas. Goldstein will take a short jaunt up the coast to UC Santa Barbara.
Another senior, right fielder Sami Demyon, committed to UC Riverside in January.
Agoura won its only Marmonte League title in 2015, when Mills and Goldstein were freshmen. Demyon played her first two prep seasons at Oak Park.
This spring, the Chargers hope to wrest the league crown from Newbury Park, the defending champs.
The Bolts have a chance to win every game with Mills operating like John Snow (the British physician and father of modern epidemiology, not the pretty boy from “Game of Thrones”) while chucking limited edition extra-sharp cheddar.
“She is a warrior,” Goldstein said of Mills. “She puts this team on her back when she’s in the circle.”
Head coach Chance Redmond agreed with that assessment.
“If Lexy’s in her zone, I’ll put her up with or against anyone in the nation,” the skipper said.
Mills, who is also one of the most talented sluggers in the area, committed to Kansas during her freshman year, when she was 14.
“I never thought in a million years I’d end up in Kansas,” said Mills, who turns 18 in April. “Once I committed, I was loyal to Kansas. . . . I’m looking forward to being part of the college softball world. I’ve dreamed of this since I was 6. It still blows my mind that I’m doing it.”
She will likely finish her prep career somewhere between 800 and 1,000 strikeouts.
“It seemed so far away four years ago,” said Mills, who was league MVP as a sophomore. “Now that I’m actually here, it’s surreal.”
Mills’ three older sisters— Macy, Sydney and Nicole—all played softball. Macy and Sydney were catchers for Agoura, while Nicole patrolled the infield at Oak Park. Their mom, Kim, was a pitcher in high school in Oregon, and their father, Brandon, played prep baseball in the Beaver State.
Goldstein, who has a 4.0 grade-point average, has started in center field all four years with the Chargers. She’s developed into a strong hitter; after primarily batting in the seventh and ninth spots, she’s now the leadoff hitter.
Goldstein’s younger brother Cade, a sixth-grader, plays second base for a Team USA youth all-star team based in Whittier. Her father, Adam Goldstein, who played baseball at Newbury Park, is an eighth-year assistant coach at Agoura.
Demyon found her niche immediately with the Chargers.
She belted two triples and scored two runs in a 3-1 win against Oaks Christian in her first game after sitting out 30 days for transferring from Oak Park in 2017.
“I like everyone on the team. It’s really fun to play with them,” Demyon said. “I just want to compete and have fun.”
Her sister, Madi, is an Oak Park freshman who plays volleyball and starts at second base for the Eagles’ varsity softball team. Demyon’s youngest sister, Delaney, is a lacrosse player in the seventh grade.
Tara Moayer and Kaitlyn Albus fortify the solid senior class.
Moayer, an outfielder, is a first-year varsity player who works hard. She’s one of the most improved Chargers in the program.
Albus, a starter at shortstop, is an under-the-radar player.
“She has the ability to change the game,” the coach said of the shortstop.
Caitlyn Danovich (first base), Jordan Sahley (third base) and Katelyn Haman (catcher) are juniors.
Hannah August, a sophomore left fielder and catcher, is primed for a breakout season. Alyssa Anderson (pitcher/second base) and Aly Berger (left field) are also sophomores.
Audrey Haman, Katelyn’s younger sister, is a freshman outfielder who plays soccer.
Farley Park is another freshman to watch. The rookie, who hit a three-run homer in Agoura’s 6-2 win against Moorpark in the season opener on Feb. 27, patrols third base.
Glenn Wiger, just like Adam Goldstein, is an eighth-year assistant.
“We all seem to get along really well,” Tyler Goldstein said. “This team is a group of hard workers. I am expecting a league title out of us.”