WAYNESVILLE — Brooke Camery doesn’t look like a thief.
The Waynesville High School sophomore smiles constantly and is not an intimidating presence at five feet tall.
But don’t be fooled by her looks — she’s lethal on the basepaths.
Camery entered this week with 21 stolen bases in 21 attempts, giving her 39 out of 39 for her career. She has her sights set on Liz Shank’s school record of 47 stolen bases in a season.
“That’s my goal,” Camery said. “I want that record.”
To steal bases requires being on base, and Camery is leading the Spartans with a .560 batting average and gets on base better than six out of every 10 trips to the plate.
“Brooke’s speed is unbelievable,” Waynesville coach Todd Cook said. “All she has to do is make contact and she gets on base.”
“She’s still working on getting better at slap hitting, but she’s very good at bunting,” he said. “When she gets on she sets a lot of things in motion.”
Camery has also improved her defensive play in center field. Used exclusively as a hitter last season, she has solidified the Spartans’ outfield.
“She covers a lot of ground and gets to balls in the gap that other center fielders can’t,” Cook said.
The outfielder has been a sparkplug for Waynesville’s second-half surge this spring. After splitting their first six games, the Spartans have won nine of their last 10 and enter the Division III sectional tournament as a No. 2 seed. After a win over Monroe on Monday, May 3, the team’s record was 12-4.
“I just try to get on base however possible,” Camery said. “I look at the defense and if the third baseman and shortstop are up, I try to slap it past them. If they’re in the middle or back a bit, I bunt.
“I know if I get on base then Kaitlyn Danner or Kayla Farra are going to drive me in because they’re great hitters,” Camery said. “Everybody on this team has a role, and mine is getting on base.”
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