The last four seasons Tipton-Rosemark Academy’s Brooklyn Simpson has been a part of some historic moments in the program.
She was there when the team won the school’s first TSSAA State championship in 2011. Then she played solid defense at third base and was a key bat in the Lady Rebels return to State last season.
But when Simpson entered the varsity program four seasons ago, she was a freshman standout pitcher. Then the injuries came limiting Simpson’s reps in the circle.
Overcoming pains and ailments, Simpson always gave her all for TRA Softball. And this season she’s found a new role behind the plate catching pitchers like Amber Needham and Mady Kate Gantt.
By Thomas Sellers Jr.
When the Lady Rebels are at the plate, the senior slugger is one of the hottest bats on the team. And on April 8 against the SBEC Lady Trojans Simpson hit two doubles and drove in three runs in TRA’s 14-4 victory in five innings.
“We all had a good day and took advantage of the good pitching to hit,” Simpson said. “Everybody did so well today.”
The Lady Rebels improved to 5-1 and remained unbeaten in league with the 10-run victory. TRA jumped ahead 8-0 after three innings starting the game with a Gantt leadoff triple.
Gantt scored later in the five-run first inning for the Lady Rebels. TRA added to the 5-0 lead in the third inning when Bethany Berger led off with a double. Then Jordan Collins followed with a two-bagger of her own.
Simpson was next at the plate with her first double of the game driving in a run. Ahead 8-2 in the fourth inning, Berger singled with one out. Then Collins doubled again to give Simpson a chance at two RBIs. With a smooth swing, Simpson sent the ball to left-centerfield for a double driving in both runners. Later in the inning Sally Downing and Gantt drove in runs to make the score 13-2.
In the fifth inning SBEC scored twice to make the tally 13-4. TRA needed one run to enforce the run-rule and end the game.
Ashton Needham led off the inning with a single. Berger reached base on a bunt single moving Needham from second to third base. With Collins at the plate, the SBEC pitcher threw a pass ball and Needham raced home in time to beat the throw and end the game.
Leaving the field victors, Simpson said softball can be a demanding game, but it’s a blessing to be able to contribute to the team on a daily basis.
“It’s a lot of work, frustrating sometimes practicing in the heat and in pain sometimes,” she concluded. “But it helps you to give your all. We all give our all, we are all getting better and we try our hardest to do our best.”