Must See Elite #18th Ranked 2027 Top Prospect Lily "Munk" Reynolds; Blue Chip Speedy 3B/SS/OF
Tennessee Thunderbolts - West:
Name: Lily Reynolds
Hometown: Purvis, Mississippi
Grad Year: 2027
Travel Team: Tennessee Thunderbolts - West
High School Team: Purvis Varsity Fastpitch
School: Purvis Middle School
Positions: 3rd Base/Shortstop/Outfield
Bat/Throw: Bat - Right/Left & Throw - Right
Exit Velocity off Tee: 75
Home to first: 2.7
Intended Study Major: Sports Medicine
You’re an elite blue chip prospect. What else should we know about you?
I am a perfectionist and believe in giving everything I do 100%. I am a multi-sport athlete and fiercely competitive at everything. I always want to do the best job I can do, but be open to learning as much as I can.
How did your softball journey begin?
I got a late start with softball. I was never interested in playing until I was 8 years old. I went to a rec league practice to watch and wasn’t even signed up. It looked like fun and I decided to give it a try. That was it, I was hooked.
What are your greatest strengths as a softball player?
I think my #1 strength is my speed. Also my ability to track the ball and my fierce competitiveness.
What kind of hitter are you and what are your most recent offensive stats?
I would consider myself a very versatile hitter. I can power hit from the right side or lay down a bunt if needed. I can also get on the left and slap or bunt.
“Munk is one of the fastest, smartest base runners in the 2027 age class that I have personally seen. She is fun to watch, as she is nearly always guaranteed to get on base and score. Whether we need her to hit for power or lay down the perfect bunt, she will get it done. She can also switch to the left side of the plate when needed. When it comes to defense, I know I can count on her to lock down the hot corner or make a do or die play in the outfield. Even beyond talent, what I admire most about her is that she give 100% effort all the time in everything she does. She is coachable, as well as a great teammate. Her attitude and talent will take her as far as she desires to go in the game.”
--- David West, Head Coach, Tennessee Thunderbolts - West
Describe your leadership style and what characteristics do you find in outstanding leaders?
My leadership style is leading by example. I think outstanding leaders are confident and encouraging.
Player of the week Purvis High School Varsity
How do you balance life and manage your time so effectively?
I have to keep a schedule to make sure I am getting everything taken care of. My mom also helps with keeping a schedule.
Munk with family: Tonji Sanders-mom. Jeremy Sanders- bonus dad. Billy Reynolds-dad
How did you get your nickname?
We asked Munk's mother Tonji Sanders:
"She gets that question a lot. When she first started playing in 8U she was so tiny. Always the smallest kid but fierce! Her step-dad who was her coach said she was a munchkin. It got shortened to Munk and everyone started calling her Munk. It stuck and now most people don’t know her real name. Lol"
--- Tonji Sanders
Munk with her cat Clara
Describe you game day mental preparation and thought process and mindset on the field and/or the batters box:
Trying not to overthink things! I focus on one play/pitch at a time.
Team Christmas Party at Top Golf in Nashville, Tennessee
What is your favorite sports memory?
At the USA All-American Tournament I battled through 17 pitches before hitting a line drive to left field and scoring a run to put us in the lead.
Munk with teammate Taylor
Your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievements are being ranked by Legacy & Legends and Extra Innings. Also being chosen as an All-American and Select30. I am from a very small town in Mississippi and to be able to compete and be recognized nationally is a tremendous honor.
USA All-American Team
How do you handle adversity and even failure?
Softball is a game of failure, you will always have your ups and downs. It’s how you recover that matters.
Tennessee Thunderbolts - West
How would your teammates and friends describe you?
I asked my teammates on this one …. They describe me as funny, selfless, encouraging, amazing, great friend, and teammate.
Munk with teammates Harper and Peanut
Who is your role-model and or idol and why?
Sydney Sherrill (Florida State) - She is an awesome 3rd baseman and started all 61 games during the 2022 season.
Munk at Third Base
If you could spend a day with any softball player, former or current who would it be and why?
Mackenzie Donihoo. She has such an dynamic personality on the field. I think she would be an amazing person to get to know personally.
What is your softball dream/goal?
Play D1 softball and maybe play for the USA Olympic Team.
“Munk is an attention to detail player. She is like a sponge. She listens, she watches, she learns. Patty Gasso once said “passion is infectious”, that’s Munk with her drive to always be better. It makes her teammates better too."
---Taylor Schmitz - Tennessee Thunderbolts Assistant Coach
When deciding on what college team to play for what are the most important things your’re looking for?
First of all I would look at the academics/school reputation. Then I think a relatable coaching staff and good team chemistry is very important.
What gets you hyped or ready before a game?
Purvis High School Varsity 3rd round of playoffs
What is your favorite jersey number and why did you choose it?
#30 - My Aunt Nikki played college softball and that was her number.
What other hobbies do you have to balance out softball and your personal life?
I also love playing volleyball and shopping.
Middle School Volleyball MVP
Additional Information About Munk:
Walk up song: Superhero by Metro Boomin
Favorite food: Red Beans & Rice
Favorite Music Artist: Coldplay
Favorite Sports Team: Oklahoma State Softball /Anaheim Angels
Favorite Sports Celebrity: Mike Trout
Favorite Movie: Zombieland
Favorite TV show: Stranger Things
Favorite Book: We Were Liars
Favorite Travel Spot: California
Favorite Quote: “It can only break you if you let it”
L&LS Softball: January 27, 2023