The Enterprise Parks and Recreation Department’s Sweeties league saw record-setting production this season.
Brylee Hill and Lola Bruce were both members of the Diamondbacks Sweeties team, which won the league, and both broke Sweeties league records this year.
Bruce slugged a league-record 22 home runs and scored a record 62 runs, with an .805 batting average.
Hill hit four home runs in one game, which is a league record. She batted .825 this season with 15 home runs — including four grand slams — and 56 runs scored.
Both players said hitting is their favorite part of softball.
“I like when you hit, and you hit home runs because you get more points like that,” Bruce said.
When it comes to the art of hitting, Hill has demonstrated an early grasp of technique.
“When the ball comes to me , when it starts to come to first base I like to have my arms straight,” she said.
Hill’s father, Kenny, taught her how to swing a bat and has seen Brylee develop as a player.
“She used to run with a bat in her hand all the way around the bases,” he said. “Sometimes she would hit it and go to third first.”
Brylee continued to improve, and grew to enjoy softball.
“It’s awesome just to watch her,” Brylee’s mother, Brooke, said. “When she hits it, she’ll come back smiling.”
There were a lot of smiles in the Diamondbacks’ dugout this season. The team, coached by Lola’s father Wally, won the Sweeties league. Wally also coached his older daughter, Stella, in the Darlings league, and said his daughters learn from softball.
“I think we’re instilling work, work ethic, in them. They’re working hard, and then they’re going out on the field and having success,” he said. “(We’re) teaching them about commitment. (We’re) teaching them about how to have good, clean fun.”
The success of the Diamondbacks Sweeties team, including the records, came by hard work from all of its players.
“I just know it’s so hard to hit, and be continually hitting (well),” Wally said. “It’s kind of humbling when somebody hits really, really (well), because I know it can go the other way really fast.”
Watching her daughters’ success on the softball field makes Lola and Stella’s mother, Gyla, proud to see them not only become better players, but also better teammates.
“It makes me feel happy to see them thrive like that,” she said. “Their friends are important to them at this age.”
Editor’s note: All stats used in this story were official from the Enterprise Parks and Recreation scorebook.