Gore’s Skye Brooksher – Athlete Spotlight Presented By Gore Drug

By Travis Sloat

For Gore junior Skye Brooksher, taking her place on the softball field was a simple continuance of a family tradition. 

“I first fell in love with softball when I was around seven,” Brooksher said. “I would always go outside with my dad and field ground balls and play catch. My uncle played college baseball, and my dad had the opportunity to play college ball. I love softball because when I’m on the field, nothing else matters to me, and it’s been in my life for so many years.” 

Brooksher plays third base and short in slow pitch, and catcher, short, and third in fast pitch ball. She has been all conference in fast pitch, slow pitch, and in basketball for the Pirates, and has been a district champ in fast and slow pitch as well. She said the team goals for this year remain the same: to get as far as they can in the playoffs. 

“We want to grow as a team, get better every day, and play to our full potential,” she said. “My personal goals are to grow defensively, not only throughout the season, but in future seasons as well to help with scholarship opportunities. Offensively, I want to be able to read the defense better and place the ball where it needs to be.” 

In her free time, Brooksher likes to spend time with her family and friends, bake cookies and brownies, and watch TikTok. Her favorite classes are math and language arts. 

On a game day, Brooksher said she wakes up thinking about the day ahead to prepare. 

“I’m just ready for the game to start,” Brooksher said. “I take batting practice, and I really focus on keeping my hips closed. During pregame, when I’m on the field, I focus on technique by making sure I’m staying down when I throw. I just like to make sure everything is in check before the game.” 

Dusty Tidwell, who coaches Pirate softball, spoke high praise of Brooksher. 

“She is a player that has a lot of tools,” Tidwell said. “She knows the game inside and out, and she is blessed with lots of speed and arm strength. Those two things help make her the player she is.” 

Brooksher also said she wouldn’t be where she is today without Coach Tidwell. 

“He’s the best coach I could ask for,” she said. “He’s always pushing me to do my best and keeps me in check.”