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Twins to win: the DuCharme family's generational connection with softball

Twins to win: the DuCharme family's generational connection with softball
23/02/2020
The DuCharme brothers are representing the United States at the U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup, but this is definitely not the first time a DuCharme has donned the red, white and blue at this level after older brother Bryce appeared in the 2014 and 2016 editions.

“I’m definitely the more competitive,” said Brennen DuCharme.

“No way!” quipped his identical twin Braden.

These are the things most 16-year-old twins argue about, but Braden and Brennen DuCharme are far from your typical twins.

The DuCharme brothers are representing the United States at the U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup, but this is definitely not the first time a DuCharme has donned the red, white and blue at this level.

Their older brother Bryce appeared in the 2014 and 2016 editions, which gave Braden and Brennen an indication of the standard required to play at this level.

“We went down to Michigan to watch Bryce play in 2016,” Brennen said.

“It’s pretty cool to have the experience our family does with softball, we’re lucky to have that firsthand knowledge.”

That experience continues with Dan (pictured), Bryce, Brennen and Braden’s father who played in the 1985 Junior Men’s Softball World Cup in Fargo, North Dakota.

It doesn’t stop there, as Dan’s father – LaVerne DuCharme – coached the US team in 1989 and 1993.

“My father got me started in the game,” Dan said.

“He was a wonderful mentor and also coached my brother John in that 1989 World Cup.

“He passed away a few years ago, but would definitely be here supporting Brennen and Braden.”

As far as identical twins go, Braden and Brennen have had their challenges, but are yet to make the most of their alikeness.

“There’s definitely been some screw-ups, but it’s not a big deal,” Braden said.

“Sometimes people talk to me thinking it’s Braden. It can be frustrating, but I understand,” Brennen added.

“We haven’t tried the twin swap thing. Yet.”

Despite being the youngest members of the US team, the twins have no fears sharing the diamond with older and more experienced kids.

“It’s good to be able to get that experience of playing here,” Brennen said.

“We’ll build off that and get some tips and tricks from the older kids.”

“We play in a men’s team in summer and fall league, so we’re used to playing with guys older and more experienced than us,” Braden added.

Playing softball at this level is hard, but having three generations of experience and your identical twin in the dugout makes things a little more comfortable.

The level-headed young men are holding their own at this level, but like most 16-year-old boys, struggle with some domestic tasks.

“I’d say Braden is definitely messier, neither of us make our beds though,” Brennan said.

“No arguments from me,” a smiling Braden replied.