Caitlyn Brooks comes full circle for Burbank High softball

Bulldogs sophomore pitcher put up big numbers in circle and at plate, as she is named All-Area Softball Player of the Year.

July 24, 2013|By Jeff Tully,
  • Burbank High dual-threat at the plate and in the circle, Caitlyn Brooks, is the All-Area Softball Player of the Year.
Burbank High dual-threat at the plate and in the circle,… (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

In Burbank High softball lore, all pitchers are compared to former Bulldogs pitching sensation Debby Day.

Day, a 1987 Burbank graduate and three-time All-CIF Southern Section hurler, was a dominant force as a high school pitcher, notching two perfect games in a row — and three in her career — as a senior. She went on to earn All-America honors at the University of Arizona, helping the Wildcats win the 1991 NCAA Championship. Burbank and Arizona both inducted Day into their hall of fames.

With those impressive credentials, not many Bulldogs have been compared to Day in the more than 25 years since she dominated in the circle at Burbank.

But since her immergence as a freshman two seasons ago, sophomore Caitlyn Brooks has been drawing her share of comparisons with Day.

“Everybody in this area knows about Debby Day and what an amazing pitcher she was at Burbank High,” Bulldogs Coach Nicole Drabecki said. “But with her potential and with two years left on the high school level, I really believe that Caitlyn will be right up there with Debby. And that’s a very big accomplishment. She is only 16 and she has two more years to become something like Debby Day or more.”


During her sophomore season, Brooks was nothing short of dominating in the circle. The right-hander put up impressive numbers and led Burbank to a league championship for the first time since 1987, when Day accomplished the same feat. She was also voted the Pacific League Player of the Year and earned All-CIF first-team accolades.

“It’s nice,” Brooks said of any comparison to Day. “But I just try and go out there and focus on what I have to do, one batter at a time, when I’m pitching. I don’t even think about the batters and what they are trying to do. I just try and do what I do best and try not to worry about other things.”

Brooks definitely had her share of opposing batters worrying this past season. And along with her pitching prowess, Brooks was also a talented hitter, leading her team at the plate.

“She is a great hitter and a great pitcher combined and you don’t find that a lot with a young player like Caitlyn,” said teammate Katie Hooper, who graduated and will be playing at Cal State Northridge. “Along with her pitching, she is a definite threat at the plate. I have really never had a teammate that is as good as she is in both aspects of the game.”

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