TEMPE – The Arizona State University softball program will welcome one more talented newcomer to the squad next season, as head coach Craig Nicholson announced Brynley Steele as the sixth member of the 2014-15 singing class on Wednesday.
Steele joins the Sun Devils by way of Esperanza High School in Anaheim, Calif. A four-year varsity starter for the Aztecs, Steele is a power-hitting infield utility hitter that was one of the top offensive players in the Orange County area last season and a capable defender to boot and has helped Esperanza to three consecutive Century League titles.
Batting right handed, Steele had a .453 batting average as a junior last year that rocketed to .527 in league play, where she also knocked six home runs while breaking the school’s triple record with four on the season.
She was named her team’s offensive player of the year and the Century League MVP for the effort on her way to earning All-State California second team honors and CIF Division I first team accolades.
As a sophomore, Steele earned second team All-League honors while also being named her squad’s defensive MVP.
Steele plans to major in communications at Arizona State.
The daughter of Dennis and Taran Steele, Brynley’s sister was a Division I softball player at Charleston Southern while her brother currently plays football at Fullerton Junior College.
Despite playing third base just like current Sun Devil junior Haley Steele, Brynley is no relation. She played for Phil Harman & Lynn Christensen for the California Cruisers in travel ball and Ed Tunstall for the Aztecs
Brynley joins a signing class that also features local standouts Breanna Macha, Dani Nelson and Shea Koepnick, Dale Ryndak out of Illinois and Nicole Chilson from California.