It's mid-summer and I am missing softball more than ever. Even if softball was being played, I would still miss Brenna Moss, who retired after last season.
California native Brenna starred at Fresno State. She was selected by the Chicago Bandits in the 3rd round of the 2015 National Pro Fastpitch draft. She went on to become a star over her five years with the Bandits.
In 228 games, Brenna hit .301 with 4 HRs, 61 RBIs, 117 runs scored and 63 SBs. Brenna had an awesome 2018 season,. She won the NPF’s Player of the Year Award after she tied the league’s single-season hits record (65) and broke the franchise record for single-season stolen bases (27).
Also she won the NPF’s Offensive Player of the Year Award and Stolen Base Award in 2018.
Brenna was a great defender, too. Often times, her teammate Sammy Marshall's speed overshadowed Brenna's, but Brenna was extremely fast, too. She had great instincts and awareness.
I always had fun with Brenna. I loved our interviews, the first of which can be found at On the Beat With Brenna Moss. I kept asking her about playing with a tiger cub, a bucket list item of hers. As of last season, she had not fulfilled that wish. I'll ask again if I have the chance.
One of the highlights of my seasons with the Bandits was watching a playoff game with Brenna's father in left field. I loved the banter they had. Their love clearly showed and was heart-warming. It was interesting watching it through his eyes.
Because she retired in the offseason, I never had the chance to thank Brenna in person. I want to express my gratitude for everything she did on and of the field for the team, fans and me. Brenna was a team leader in every aspect. She is a great young woman and I wish her a lifetime of sucess and happiness.
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Brenna Moss and me in Rosemont, IL-July 2019.