Freshman softball twins continuing playing career at North Texas

Freshman softball twins continuing playing career at North Texas

Freshman softball twins continuing playing career at North Texas
January 24
20:37 2017

Clay Massey | Senior Staff Writer 

With each new year comes a crop of fresh faces for head coach Tracey Kee and her softball team. But in this crop, there are two faces that are strikingly similar to one another.

That’s because freshmen Lacy and Lindsay Gregory are twins. Ever since they can remember, the two have played middle infield together, turning plenty of double plays in the process. Their chemistry is undeniable.

“I don’t think we’ve ever played a game without each other,” Lindsay said. “We don’t really know how to play without each other.”

Over the years, the tandem become a force at shortstop and second base. If there is a ground ball hit in their vicinity, the twins are trying to turn two.

“I think we could turn a double play with our eyes closed at this point,” Lacy said. “It just comes natural.”

The sisters are from Kingwood, Texas, a suburb of northeast Houston. They grew up there and played high school ball in their hometown. Despite a population of over 80,000 people, the community — including the twins — stayed tight knit.

Lacy and Lindsay first caught the eye of Kee during a camp she hosted in her first year as head coach. And even though they just got to North Texas this season, these are two of the first players Kee recruited.

As the recruiting process wore on, so did the number of schools and coaches trying to lure them.

“There was more attention being twins,” Lacy said. “We were basically known as the twins who played middle infield.”

Once Kee got a look, she knew she had to have them.

“I wanted them both,” Kee said.

It was a dream come true for the sisters. They always wanted to play college softball together, and got the chance in Denton.

“We weren’t going to hold each other back if one of us wanted to go somewhere else,” Lindsay said. “But we always wanted to go together.”

The two are part of a group of five freshman Kee added to the program in the offseason.

Along with being nearly identical in appearance, the duo are nearly identical in softball attributes as well.

Both can hit the ball a ton. Lacy was named the all-conference defensive player of the year in 2011, and the all-conference offensive player of the year in 2012 during her high school career. She played in 58 games over her sophomore and junior seasons, hitting the ball at a .397 clip with 13 doubles, 42 RBIs and four home runs.

Lindsay is athletic and can drive the ball to both gaps. She was a three time all-district selection in high school while picking up an all-tournament selection after leading Kingwood to the state finals in 2013.

In her sophomore and junior seasons, Lindsay played in 67 games and hit just below her sister’s average with a .362 mark. She did best her sister in doubles with 16, but lost the home run title by just one — she hit three.

It was always a contest in the Gregory house.

“We’ve always been put up against each other competing in every thing we do,” Lindsay said. “It’s back and forth. She’s better at some things, I’m better at others.”

The competitiveness the Gregory sisters play with made them a very attractive option for Kee. The jump to Division I sports, however, is not always easy for freshmen to make.

Thankfully for the twins, their hyper-competitiveness has eased that transition.

“They’re gritty kids,” Kee said. “[They] knew what was expected of them. I have five freshmen and they’re all adjusting well, but Lindsay and Lacy were especially fast.”

Their drive to be the best is one of the twins’ distinguishing qualities, especially for Kee. In practice, the duo goes hard, even with each other. It can get heated at times, but it’s all in good fun.

Their coach loves it.

“It’s funny,” Kee said. “You’ll see them joking and competing against each other and one will get mad at the other, but they’re sisters. It’s a good balance to have cause at the same time they understand they’re teammates as well.”

The freshmen now live together as they have done their whole lives. In their first year of college at UNT and now softball season, it helps to have a level of familiarity.

It also helps for the twins to stick together, which is easy for them to do. After all, they only have one car.

“Being around someone 24/7 is never easy, but we get along for the most part,” Lacy said.

Featured Image: Softball sisters Lindsay and Lacy Gregory both play middle infield. Ruben Paquian

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Reece Waddell

Reece Waddell

Reece Waddell was the Editor-in-Chief of the North Texas Daily from May 2017 to December 2017. He previously served as the Sports Editor and Senior Sports Writer. Reece also worked at The Dallas Morning News and WFAA-TV.

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