Laura, left, and Ashleigh Knight, who are stepping up to the challenge of FNC Division 1 women’s softball with Workers Condors.
Laura, left, and Ashleigh Knight, who are stepping up to the challenge of FNC Division 1 women’s softball with Workers Condors. Jacklyn Wagner

Softball twins on same page

IDENTICAL twins and Lismore Workers softballers Laura and Ashleigh Knight get that familiar look of confusion all the time.

It is not until one speaks that you can start to tell who is who.

"You can tell us apart by the way we talk and our different personalities," Laura said.

Speech and personalities aside, these girls are on the same page when it comes not only to looks but to sporting endeavour.

And that is especially so when setting high standards on the softball field.

The 17-year-old pair have represented Far North Coast, North Coast Academy of Sport, NSW Combined High Schools and Northern NSW Country.

Laura made her FNC Division 1 debut at just 13 and Ashleigh the next year at 14.

"We've always played in the same teams so we have a very good understanding of each other," Laura said.

"It's been a good challenge playing in Division 1."

Laura plays in the outfield and Ashleigh at shortstop.

"I like shortstop because you're always in the action," Ashleigh said.

"Shannon Knapp and Samantha Green have been great pitchers for us."

Last year, Laura's catching record in the outfield was almost flawless.

"I thought I did well and caught at about 90%," she said.

Workers have only one win this season but the twins believe their team is in the middle of an exciting rebuilding phase.

"We beat All Stars and only lost to (top-placed) Dodgers by a few runs," Ashleigh said.

"It's a young team this year and we're getting better."

At representative level, the girls are hoping to make the NSW CHS team again when the trials are held in January at Blacktown in Sydney's west.

If successful, it will be Laura's third time in the team and Ashleigh's second.

"It's exciting - we faced an Australian pitcher last year," Laura said.



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