Mundubbera twins Jayden and Nate Pashley will represent Wide Bay at the softball State Championships in Mackay in September.
Mundubbera twins Jayden and Nate Pashley will represent Wide Bay at the softball State Championships in Mackay in September. Alex Treacy

Sporty twins provide the double whammy

IF the Pashley's dogs Lollie and Peppa knew how to grip a fielding glove, the softball-mad Mundubbera family would only be two players shy of fielding a whole team.

Mum Julie has been playing for a few seasons and dad Wayne will start next season, while oldest brother Connor has been selected in the Australian under-15 squad to play next month in the International Friendship Series in Redlands, east of Brisbane.

Next cabs off the rank are twins Jayden and Nate, who have been selected to play for the under-12 Wide Bay softball team in the state championships in Mackay in September.

Jayden fields as shortstop or in the outfield, while Nate is a hitter and fields at third base.

So who is the better player? To the twins' credit, neither throws the other under the bus.

"They're different sorts of players,” their mother said.

Much of their softball knowledge comes indirectly from renowned local coach Joy MacPherson who teaches Connor, the elder brother then passing it down to the twins.

Playing together for Wide Bay will be the latest shared sporting exploit for the Pashley twins, who also play together for Barambah United Soccer Club in Wondai.

Luckily they don't live forever in each other's pockets, as the Year 7 Mundubbera State School students have been placed in separate classes.

Despite the fact they are not identical, the twins occasionally have to answer to the other's name.

"People still somehow get confused,” Jayden said.

The twins' sporting exploits have been bolstered with a pair of $250 Sports Performance Grants from Council, which the family is grateful for.


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