Brooklyn Lyles simply loves softball and knows what it takes to succeed on the diamond. The Newcastle Racers first basemen and VYPE Top 100 athlete shared some of her thoughts on the matter. “You have to have the best attitude on the field,” Lyles said. “Having a good attitude changes the game completely. Even if you’re having a bad day, attitude reflects leadership and effort.” When asked what she enjoys most
about the sport Lyles responded: “My favorite part of softball is being a part of a team full of my best friends and amazing coaches throughout the years.”
Lyles has made some great friends and shared many wonderful moments throughout her softball career. “My favorite memory was at the Bixby Tournament when we all got to stay in a hotel and the freshmen pulled a crazy prank on the whole team!” Lyles said. Going into her junior year Lyles is looking to take on more of a leadership role for the Racers as they will be a fairly young team without any seniors on the roster. “This season I want to focus on stepping up as a leader because we have no seniors this year,” Lyles said. “I also want to focus on always being better than the day before, whether that is putting in more effort, or being a better teammate.”
Lyles appreciates all the hard work and efforts that the Newcastle community and school has put into the program. There is one event in particular that she is looking forward to. “A game that I am excited for this season is the ‘Bring your Buddy Night.’ Our booster club has put together a special game for one of our biggest fans, Buddy Eishien. He is one of the sweetest people ever,” Lyles said. “Buddy comes to all of our games and volunteers to do almost anything we need. This game is in recognition of him and I can’t wait to see how it turns out!” After high school Lyles wants to continue her softball career at the next level by earning an athletic scholarship.
Although Lyles said she is still undecided on her major or where she wants to attend, she is keeping her options open, and is looking forward to the opportunities as they present themselves. Off the field Lyles appreciates the support she receives from her friends and family. “The people that inspire me the most are my parents, Will and Blythe Lyles,” Lyles said. “They put in so much time, money and effort for me to do what I love. They are so supportive and I want to be just like them!”