Q&A with Brooke Daily, THS senior centerfielder
Q: How old were you when you started playing softball?
A: I was 3 years old. I started playing on the Russellville Rec team, and we were the Giants.
Q: Was there anyone special in your life who helped you become a great player, and how?
A: Everyone in my life has played key roles to help me be a great player.
Q: How do you get ready for a game?
A: I get ready by applying and doing infield, outfield. This drill helps me get in the groove of things and prepare myself for the game. The way we all got ready for hitting was to get super hyped and start cheering and yelling.
Q: What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?
A: I like to spend time with family and friends outside of softball.
Q: What factors do you feel have influenced you the most to become the player and person you are today?
A: My parents and God. My parents have always pushed me and given me everything I need. My goal has always been to succeed for them – to be the best I can for them. I’ve always wanted to make them proud. Also, I wouldn’t be where I am without God. He gave me the abilities that I have and gave me such amazing parents.
Q: Did you have any routines or superstitions before or during a game?
A: Every year my superstitions alter, but it’s always been my hair. My freshman year it was that my hair had to be braided; sophomore year it stayed the same. Junior and senior year it changed to a ponytail with a visor. Some smaller ones are that every time we go back on the field, my gloves have to be in my back right pocket, and I have to have my own armband.
Q: What is your favorite softball memory?
A: Two years ago, right after a big win to Belgreen, we had a sleepover at my house. That way we would all bond right before the area tournament. It was one of the best nights with the whole team there.
Q: What softball player has influenced you most in the game? Why?
A: Kaylee Bain was one of the biggest influences in my softball career. She always excelled on and off the field, and that inspired me heavily.
Q: What is the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing career?
A: Figuring out what position fit me best. When I was younger, I wanted to be a catcher, and I really didn’t like the outfield at all – until I saw how important it really is. That’s when I went to the grass.
Q: What is life after being a softball player for you?
A: Nursing is my career choice at the moment, but it could possibly change. I just want to help the world and give back.
Q: What are your thoughts on your season coming to an abrupt end?
A: Everyone really takes the good things for granted. If you had told me I wouldn’t get to finish this year, I would have laughed and said you were crazy. This whole situation has taken a lot from seniors around the world, but we all know God has a plan.