Sudden Impact Fastpitch Organization:
Name: Brooklyn Day
Hometown: Plantersville, Texas
Grad Year: 2024
Travel Team: Sudden Impact - Tinklepaugh
High School: Magnolia West High School, Texas
Pitching Arsenal & Speeds:
- Fastball, Drop, Rise, Screw, Curve, Change-Up, and Off Speed Drop
Speeds between: 61-42 depending on the pitch
- I try to mix up speeds on each pitch to keep hitters off-balance.
- Travel Ball: Shelby Tinklepaugh and Tori Tinklepaugh
- High School Jeremy Collins
Overhand Velocity: 62
Exit Velocity off Tee: 71
Home to First or 20 yds: 2.9
Intended Study Major: Education
Recruiting Profile Page:https://sportsrecruits.com/athlete/brooklyn_day
Who are you? I am a hard worker that believes it will always pay off in the long run. I am a Christian that loves my family and my dogs (Pancho and Lefty). I love to create things. I love to sew, do art and go hunting and fishing with my family. I love to travel and explore new places. I have two sisters Tennessee and Ireland. We live in the country and don’t have close neighbors so I spend a lot of time with my sisters and family.
"My sister and I love to ride 4 wheelers at our property. We live in the country." - Brooklyn
How did your softball journey begin? I started at 4 years old with my dad coaching me and my sisters. To make life easier I always played up with my older sister's team. I had to work harder because I was always smaller than most of the other girls. My sister was a Pitcher so I started out as a Catcher for her. My dad needed another Pitcher when she got hurt so I started to pitch as well. I tried out for my first select team in 10u. I had always played All-Stars but after that tryout, I saw how good some of the girls were. My first select team was the Houston Firecrackers.
You’re considered an elite top prospect for your year group. What do you attribute to your amazing success and achievements? That is so nice of you to say. I first have to thank my amazing family, coaches, and teammates. My family gives up so much of their time to practice with me, get me to practice and tournaments. My coaches have always supported me and encouraged me to dream big. I have played with and currently play with some great girls. They always push me to get better. I try to work on something every day to get better. I hate failing so I practice a lot. My dogs also are great retrievers when I am pitching or hitting in the yard so I have to thank them as well.
Brooklyn's Mom, Dad, and sister after winning the District Championship last year
As a Pitcher, you are alone on an island and often it’s the Pitcher’s performance that makes or breaks a game. How do you handle the pressure to succeed? Lots of practice, trying to believe in me, my teammates, and my coaches. I am not alone my team is with me and my family. Sometimes I also say a few prayers in the circle. I even have a lucky cross I wear.
What is your Go-to pitch and how do you prepare to go against an elite hitting team? If I had to pick a go-to pitch it would be my changeup. I can spot it well and can throw it when I really need a strike, I always try to keep the hitter's timing off and throw something they don’t expect.
"Wicked spin and a killer off-speed, that’s not all Brooklyn brings to the table. She has an amazing work ethic, is extremely coachable, intelligent, is a great teammate, and plays a mean 3rd base. She’s pretty much the total package. Keeping hitters off-balance is her jam but she has also been working hard on her speed. She’s had a great high school season so far being the ace in the circle for Magnolia West, and I’m excited to see the growth from that this summer. I consider myself blessed to coach kids like Brooklyn!"
- Coach Shelby Tinklepaugh (Sudden Impact - Tinklpaugh)
"Brooklyn Day is the athlete that every coach wishes to have in their program. She’s not only an exceptional pitcher, but can take on any position and make it look easy. She’s hits at the top of our lineup but no matter where you put her, she will produce. She strives to get better every day and pushes those around her to do the same, all while being a great teammate with a positive attitude."
- Coach Guerra (Magnolia West High School)
What is your greatest strengths as a softball player and why should coaches want you on their team? I think my work ethic is my greatest strength. I am also a Utility player so my coaches seem to like that I can play the Corners, Second Base, Outfield, and pitch. I just like playing the game and being on the field somewhere.
Sudden Impact - Tinklepaugh. Brooklyn pitches, plays Corners and Outfield
What kind of hitter are you and what are your most recent offensive stats? I would say I am a gap-to-gap hitter. I don’t try to hit home runs, I really just try to make good solid contact. My batting average is around .400 last time I checked.
You’re obviously very busy with so many activities and events in your life. How do you balance your life and manage your time so effectively? I try to focus on what I am doing at the time and give my all in that activity. That could be homework, pitching, or studying for a test. My parents always tell me I can only control so much and just give my best effort and attitude. It is hard sometimes as I tend to be a perfectionist.
Brooklyn with her Mom after a tournament last Fall
Describe your gameday mental preparation and your thought process in the circle and batters box. I love to listen to music before games and in practice. I try to eat well and hydrate. I try to have a game plan for the pitcher I am facing and any of the batters I know as best I can.
What is your favorite sports memory and greatest achievement? My favorite memory is probably my first home run as a freshman on varsity last year. I also love hugging my family after a good game. My greatest achievement is probably my first no-hitter on varsity this year. I also had 0 walks in the game. I grazed one batter or it would have been a perfect game. I now have my next goal.
First Varsity No-Hitter
How do you handle adversity and even failure? I try to learn from my failures but move on quickly. I practice what I failed at a lot. If you learn from it, I don’t really think it is a failure.
How would your teammates and friends describe you? I think they would say that I have a lot of energy, am encouraging, and funny maybe even silly. I love to laugh.
Who is your role model and or idol and why? It might sound silly but my grandparents are my role models. They always support me and are there for me even after a bad game. They just want me to have fun. I love to spend time with them!
Brooklyn's grandparents were with her after her first homerun in high school
If you could spend a day with any softball player, former or current, who would it be and why? Probably Jennie Finch. I follow her on Instagram and she seems so encouraging. She has pitched at the highest level and seen so much.
What is your softball dream/goal? I would like to play in college so my family can come and watch me. I think it would make my college experience special.
Describe your perfect softball team. Girls that have fun, and are hard-working, with coaches that are the same.
When deciding on what college team to play for what are the most important things you’re looking for? I am looking for a school that feels like a family that will support me and has good academics.
What gets you hyped or ready before a game? My teammates, good songs, and Body Armor the drink. (fruit punch)
What is your favorite jersey number and why did you choose it? #18, it was my dad's college football number.
Brooklyn with her Dad
What other hobbies do you have to balance out softball and your personal life? Sewing, arts and crafts, fishing, swimming, movies, gardening, and time with my family.
What bit of advice or mentorship can you share with younger players or others who strive to be successful as you? Hard work will pay off!
Who would you like to thank for your softball achievements and support? God, Family, Coaches and teammates.
Brooklyn's family; Grandparents, Aunt, Uncle, Cousins and sisters, all come out to support
Walk up Song: Still Dre
Favorite Food: Candy
Favorite Song: Old Country (too hard to pick)
Favorite Music Artist: Randy Travis
Favorite Sports Team: Houston Astros
Favorite Sports Celebrity: Jennie Finch
Favorite Movie: Stepbrothers
Favorite Sports Movie: Talladega Nights
Favorite TV Show: The Office or Parks and Rec
Favorite Book: The Hunger Games
Favorite Travel Spot: Alaska
Favorite Quote: “Just keep swimming”- Dori Finding Nemo
Sudden Impact Tinklepaugh 16U
Coach Shelby Tinklepaugh