Anissa Urtez and Amanda Chidester have experienced a whirlwind opening few days at the opening of the Olympics. The two LGBTQ softball players, who are engaged to be married, are representing Mexico and the United States respectively in Tokyo.
On Thursday, Urtez entered her name in the history books in an opening round game with Japan. With one out in the fifth inning and Mexico trailing 1-0, Urtez ambushed a first pitch from Yukiko Ueno, sending it over the wall in straightaway center field for a game-tying solo home run.
With that blast, she became the first athlete to homer in the history of the Mexican National Softball Team. In celebration, Urtez’s teammates poured out of the dugout and met her at home plate to greet her after the momentous clout.
After Japan took the lead again, Urtez continued making her presence felt, re-tying the game with an RBI single in the seventh to force extra innings. Ultimately, Japan took the game 3-2 but Urtez emerged as a force to be reckoned with.
Earlier in the opening round, Urtez’s fiancée Chidester drove in Team USA’s only run in a 1-0 win. As if all that weren’t enough, the couple then prepared to face one another in the US/Mexico matchup on Saturday.
While Chidester and the US extended their shut-out streak to three games with a 2-0 triumph, Urtez continued putting her stamp on the tournament with a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it diving catch at shortstop to rob Hayley McCleney of a base hit.
As Urtez asserted before the Games began, “We don’t know each other when we’re on the field. It’s game on.”
Regardless, both her and Chidester are creating Olympic stories to tell as a couple for the rest of their lives.