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Danny Ash and Dustin Molleken grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The two went to different schools, knew each other growing up but their paths didn’t cross.
Dustin went on to be drafted out of high school. Danny went on to play college basketball for five years of eligibility and earn her teaching degree.
After graduating, Danny landed her dream job teaching health and French at her high school which is how she and Dustin ended up being linked together. “I didn’t realize I was teaching Dustin’s cousins until one day he came up to me and told me he really needed to talk to me about something,” Danny said. “He found me at lunch and asked me if I was seeing anyone. I laughed in his face because I was like this 15-year-old boy is asking me out. He quickly said no, no, no, I have a cousin, and he thinks you’re really good looking, and he wants to asks you out. He told me it was Dustin, and I got Dustin’s number from him.”
Dustin and Danny went on a couple of dates before Dustin went to Panama to play for the Canadian team during the off season. “When he left for Panama, I was thinking well that was fun,” Danny said. “While he was there, we talked every single day and hung out before the next season. Since we were older when we met, things got serious pretty quickly. We did distance the next (2011) season.”
During the summer of the 2012 season, Dustin signed to play in Japan. Danny traveled to Japan for about a month before starting the school year. For the 2013 season, Dustin signed to play with Japan again. Danny had to make a decision. “I decided to resign from my teaching job and travel with Dustin to Japan,” Danny said. “We decided at that time our relationship was the most important thing, and we knew we couldn’t focus on that across the world from each other.”
Carolina Carmichael moved from Illinois to Tennessee for a track and field scholarship at the University of Memphis.
Memphis gave her two life changing things: a stellar pole vaulting career and her husband.
Carolina was a freshman, and Memphis native Sam Moll was a junior pitcher for Memphis. The two first met in April 2013. “My best friend was dating a baseball player which is how I met Sam,” Carolina said. “She told me ‘yeah, Sam is stud’, but I knew nothing about baseball, so I really wasn’t impressed.”
Carolina and Sam spent one week together getting to know each other before Carolina headed back to Illinois for summer break. “We had mentioned to people that we were just talking,” Carolina said. “So it got kind of awkward because a few days after I got home he texted me and told me he was just drafted in third round. I was like what, what does that even mean.”
Carolina’s dad played college baseball and played a stint in the minor leagues. “I went to my dad and told him this guy I was talking to was just drafted in the third round and asked him if that was good,” Carolina said. “My dad thought I was crazy for being kind of clueless and explained the process to me a little bit then he told me I needed to keep talking to this guy and hang on to him.”
Sam was sent to the Rockies short season team after being drafted, and Carolina quickly learned the minor league life. “We had a lot of Skype time,” Carolina said. “It was so weird because I wasn’t going to fly across the country to visit this guy I had barely met, but we talked every single day. I listened to all the games. I guess we used the distance to really get to know each other.”
Sam is from Memphis. His family still lives there. So for the offseason, Sam was back in Memphis and Carolina was back too for the school year. “Luckily, his home was Memphis because I’m not sure how all of this would have worked if we both weren’t in Memphis during the offseason,” Carolina said. “The same night he got back from season he came over to my place, and we were like oh hey so good to see you...”
That offseason Carolina and Sam spent every day together. “He was coming to all my indoor meets, and he met my parents,” Carolina said. “Before he left for the 2014 season, we finally had the like ok-we’re-doing-this-you’re-my-boyfriend conversation.”
From the Stands is a series where WAGS share their journeys in baseball.
Stephanie was a senior at the University of Miami, and Harold Martinez was a sophomore third baseman at UM when they met.
Stephanie explains the two met through a group of friends after…a baseball game, of course.
“We didn’t see each other for a little bit,” Stephanie said. “We reconnected through friends again, got to know each other and have been together ever since.”
Harold was drafted by the Phillies in the second round of the 2011 draft after his junior season. “At the end of a dream season Harold’s sophomore year, he got hurt and never really felt the same during his junior season,” Stephanie said. “So, going into the draft we weren’t really sure what was going to happen. When the Phillies reached out in the second round, we were really surprised but excited and grateful. And then began the craziness of minor league baseball.”
Following the 2011 season, Stephanie and Harold got engaged. The following offseason the two were married — Nov. 2012.
In 2013, Harold started the season in High-A. “High-A was interesting. He could never seem to get out of there for different reasons,” Stephanie said. “I’ll never forget when I left a few days before spring training ended, and they still hadn’t posted the team assignments. Everyone had been talking to him like he was going to AA. We knew you couldn’t really plan on anything in this career, but then he called me and told me he was going back to Clearwater (High-A) for the third time. It was really frustrating.”
Harold faced several injuries and other setbacks. Stephanie says they realize how those hard times really made them stronger in their relationship and in their relationship with God.
“Without our relationship with God, it would have been impossible to make it through everything.”
Matt & Jesica Beaty
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