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Bashing Bonhams

The Bonham twins, Jessica, foreground, and Jennifer, were born just 23 minutes apart, but are a lot closer that that. The two say they are inseparable and both have helped to lead the Nation Ford Lady Falcons in its first softball season.
The Bonham twins, Jessica, foreground, and Jennifer, were born just 23 minutes apart, but are a lot closer that that. The two say they are inseparable and both have helped to lead the Nation Ford Lady Falcons in its first softball season.

They might not look alike, but that doesn't stop them from playing alike.

Jessica and Jennifer Bonham are fraternal twins, although people still do get them confused with each other.

"It happens all the time," Jennifer said. "Especially teachers. I don't know why because we don't look anything alike."

Born just 23 minutes apart with Jessica being the older one, the two have been helping lead the Nation Ford Lady Falcons to a 14-3 record overall and 10-1 in Region III-AAAA in the team's first season. Both have the goal in mind of winning the region.

"I think it would be cool to win the region," Jennifer said.

The 16-year-old sophomores have been playing softball since they were 6 years old. And because of being the same age and sisters, they have always been on the same team.

In the past, both have played volleyball and plan on playing for Nation Ford next year, but for now, softball is their focus.

Like most twins, they tend to be inseparable.

"We shop at the same places," Jessica said.

"We have the same taste," Jennifer followed.

And as far as friends go, most of them are the same as well.

"We are always with each other," Jennifer said. "Sometimes we get into fights, but when we are on the softball field, that doesn't affect us."

Differences aside, Jessica is batting .380 with a .465 on-base percentage with four doubles, three triples and is second on the team in RBIs, while holding a .982 fielding percentage playing between first and third base.

Jennifer is hitting .465 with a .490 on-base percentage with two doubles and is second on the team in hits.

The more open of the two, Jennifer said both her and her sister are very competitive.

Despite being competitive, the two say they aren't competitive with each other and leave the competitive nature on the field to unleash on others.

"We help each other out," Jennifer said.

Jennifer seems to be more open, while Jessica tends to be quieter, except when on the softball field.

"She is really upbeat," Jennifer said, about her sister. "She never lets anything get to her. She is a leader. She is more confident on the field."

Jessica agrees.

"On the field I cheer everyone on."

Jessica says her sister is a key player for the team.

"She is very athletic," Jessica said.

But the question is, who is the better player?

"Everybody asks us that," Jessica said.

Quick to answer, Jennifer followed.

"I'm really fast and get on [base] a lot, but she hits the ball real far."

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