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Welcome to the 2022 softball season.
The season got started this week with non-district games beginning across the city. VYPE has previewed 22 public school teams in the city.
Check out the season preview for the No. 7 Bridgeland Bears.
The Bridgeland Bears are trending in the right direction.
After going 29-11 last season and reaching the Regional Semifinals, Bridgeland brings back five starters including a pair of aces in the circle.
McClennan CC-commit Makenzi Jenkins (11-7, 2.50 ERA, 106 Ks, 100 IP) and Sydney Jackson (12-3, 2.61 ERA, 79 Ks, 88 IP) will be the anchors of the staff. Jackson was the District 16-6A Newcomer of the Year last season.
Fifth-year coach Candi Weige (189-124) says Jenkins “brings maturity and leadership to the program” and Jackson “will provide stability and consistency as a pitcher”.
Other key returners include Shelby Frazier (University of Pittsburg), Kyleigh Gulledge (Lamar State-Port Arthur CC), Haylie Stum (East Texas Baptist) and Mariel Medrano (Hill College). Stum is a three-year varsity letterman and “will be a big part off playing both sides of the field”.
The Bears also bring back first-team, all-district pick Trinity Allen, who hit .377 with 14 home runs and 45 RBIs last season. Also, take note of Chayne Allen, Lilli Piersons and Ellen Shull in 2022.
Brodie Quinlan, Bridgeland Softball
Brodie Quinlan recently won the VYPE Houston Public School Softball Player of the Year Fan Poll! Quinlan had a great season for the Bears and is headed to Sam Houston State next season. VYPE caught up with Quinlan for the 411 on the star from Bridgeland.
VYPE: How long have you been playing softball and how did you get your start?
Quinlan: I started Rec softball in Fairfield at the age of six, after a couple of years I fell in love with the game & have not put the bat down since. I wanted to play year round and started travel ball when I was 10 years old. My extended family has been a huge support through out my softball career, they all attend as much as they can and I promise you can hear them cheering from a mile away!
VYPE: Who's your favorite athlete and why?
Quinlan: My favorite athlete is..... Reggie Harrison/Caldwell. When I was younger I was called "Little Reggie" after Jessica "Reggie" Harrison/Caldwell for our resemblance and mannerisms. I was able to work with Reggie and follow her career at Mississippi State. It was awesome working with someone that was competing at such a high level.
VYPE: Go-to pregame meal? Routine?
Quinlan: My go-to pregame meal would definitely be Chick-fil-A and my routine is listening to hype music while doing my hair!! I like to stay loose and have fun with my teammates while we are warming up on the field with the girls.
VYPE: Off the field, what is your favorite thing to do?
Quinlan: Off the field I like to spend time with my family and watch softball, and these past couple of years I have really worked hard to be in the best physical shape possible. During the summer months I work out with my sister, Daylan and cousin, Connor as my accountability partners, they have helped push me to achieve my goals. I have made lots of great friends over the years of playing travel ball and like to hang out with them as much as I can off the field as well.
VYPE: In all of your years of playing softball, what is the one memory you'll never forget?
Quinlan: My favorite memory would have to committing to Sam Houston summer after my 8th grade year. I was so excited and ready to play at the next level and at such a young age it felt like a dream. Our SHSU '21 commit class has been able to build a strong bond over the past several years - we are ready to take the next step together in our softball careers at Sam Houston State University.