Being Softball Teammates Twice As Nice For Paszek Twins

Being Softball Teammates Twice As Nice For Paszek Twins

FRANKLIN, Ind. (April 20, 2017) – From growing up best friends to playing on the same high school and college softball teams, juniors Grace Paszek and Olivia Paszek have always been inseparable.

It continues to be that way for the twin sisters, who are important contributors on the Franklin College softball team.

Olivia is one of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's top pitchers. Grace, an outfielder/first baseman, is one of the Grizzlies' top defensive players and most versatile performers.

Both players are major reasons why the Grizzlies are 20-12 overall and 5-3 in the HCAC standings heading into Saturday's doubleheader at league rival Mount St. Joseph.

"Softball has always been our primary sport, but we also played basketball and volleyball growing up," Olivia said. "We both quit (those sports) in high school to focus on softball."

The sisters do everything together and especially enjoy being teammates. The only time they were not teammates was during a grade school basketball basketballs season. And even then, the separation didn't last long.

"We have always been on the same team, except for in fifth grade. I was on a different basketball team than her, but I immediately switched (teams) because I just couldn't do it," Olivia said. "I love being on the same team as my sister because we are always cheering each other on, and I know she always has my back, even on the worst day."

Former standouts at Franklin Community High School, the sisters have always been close. But their bond has become even stronger in college, where both are elementary education majors.

"Having my sister on the same team as me is the biggest blessing," Grace said. "We've been on the same teams and have played the same sports our whole entire lives, and I wouldn't change it for anything. She definitely motivates me to be a better person on and off the field.

"When I'm struggling, she's always there to offer advice, and I do the same for her. We always have each other's backs."

The unbreakable bond plays a vital role in how they play on the field. They are each other's strongest supporters and staunchest cheerleaders.

Olivia is second in the HCAC in strikeouts with 89. She has a 9-5 record and a team-best ERA of 1.50.

Grace, meanwhile, has a stellar .990 fielding percentage and has committed only one error in 30 games. She also has 91 put-outs and driven in 14 runs.

Franklin is third in the HCAC standings heading to Saturday's games at Mount St. Joseph.

"Our team this season has been doing really, really well, and hopefully we'll continue to play hard and play together as a team and win some more games," Grace said. "My personal goal this season is to improve my batting average and keep getting more RBIs to help the team win. I've been struggling at the plate this season, so I just have to remember to stay positive, and hopefully everything will fall into place."

"We are trying to win as many conference games as we can to secure a spot into the (HCAC) tournament."