Brighton softball player Kylie Everill and her father Mark, an assistant coach for the Bengals, regularly sit down to watch their favorite team, the San Francisco Giants.
Player and coach use the time to evaluate the Giants players who play Everill's positions. Everill pitches, plays catcher and occasionally first base, which turns her position play study into homework galore, as she and dad examine Tim Lincecum, Buster Posey and Aubrey Huff.
Everill says her biggest challenge can be changing her mindset and making sure she's got the correct gear on.
"When I'm pitching, I have to be solid and focused, but when I'm catching or playing first, I need to think of the whole field and pay attention to everything going on around me," said Everill. "I've figured out how to get the catchers gear on in less than 90 seconds, which took some practice."
Whatever hat she's wearing, Everill has been part of a Brighton transformation that turned from the loss of seven seniors and a sluggish preseason to becoming a sudden challenger for Region 3 supremacy.
"Kylie's ability to play just about every position has been a big part of our success," said coach Mike Terry. "She's left-handed and throws with heat and is getting better every time she pitches. She's tall enough she can throw people out from her knees as a catcher, and she's a natural at first."
A mastery of one position, let alone three, didn't come without the studying, and of course a whole lot of work that was supplemented with weightlifting after Everill determined she needed to get stronger.
"I used to scream and jump up and down if I hit the fence, but I knew that wasn't good enough, so I started lifting because I knew I definitely had to pick it up," she said.
And pick it up she has. Coming into the week, Everill led the team in home runs, triples, and is tied for the team lead in doubles with four.
A catcher most of her life, Everill started pitching in junior varsity action last year.
"She's probably a better catcher than pitcher right now, but she works hard at each position and she's gaining confidence, especially the more she pitches," said Mark Everill.
Everill is Brighton's Everyman
Brighton junior softball player Kylie Everill is the ultimate utility player, pitching every other game, catching when not pitching, and playing first base when needed.
After a sophomore season that produced no home runs, Brighton's Kylie Everill decided it was time to hit the weight room. The effort has increased the mph on her fastball and given her bat some pop where she leads the team in home runs and triples.
After a sluggish preseason, Brighton has turned the corner with an impressive start to region play. Entering the week, the Bengals were undefeated, and on top of the region standings.