Wellston’s Brooklyn Baird – Character Counts Presented by Central Electric Cooperative

Central Oklahoma Credit Union

By John Tranchina

As a senior, Brooklyn Baird has taken on somewhat of a leadership role with the Wellston High School slow-pitch softball squad, as her love for the sport has helped make her a good role model for her younger teammates.

“I’ve been playing softball since I was in third grade, I just love it so much,” Baird said. “So I just try my best to be the best that I can for myself and my team. I just want to be a good example for my team to follow by always working hard and never complaining and giving it my all.”

Baird takes her responsibility as a starting pitcher in slow-pitch softball seriously, enjoying being the one in control of the game from the mound.

“Being the pitcher, even if it’s slow-pitch, you still have a lot of pressure on you, and you know that you can’t mess up and that you have to do really good for your team,” said Baird, who plays shortstop or second base when she doesn’t pitch. “You don’t want to let your team down, so it’s really hard at times, but it’s really rewarding, because basically, you’re carrying your team. You just got to face [the pressure] and give it your all.”

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Wellston coach Greg Grimmett considers Baird a “very instrumental part of our team.”

“She possesses a never-give-up attitude and is highly competitive on the mound,” Grimmett said. “She will play a big part in our success this season.”

Baird, who also plays basketball and is involved with the Future Farmers of America and Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Wellston, will continue her softball career next year at Northern Oklahoma College.

But first, Baird is excited for the new, upcoming season of the sport she loves.

“It’s just so fun, it just is,” Baird said of softball. “It’s really competitive and you just get to show people your talents while enjoying the game. I’m super competitive. I hate losing, losing is not an option.”