Brianna Leon exudes confidence on the softball field. She’s not conceited and everybody that sees her is convinced of her abilities.
Leon is a four-year starter, scholar athlete and multiple all-district selection for Houston’s Stephen F. Austin High School. While she competes for SFA, she actually attends nearby Energy Institute High School.
After her senior year is complete for the playoff bound Lady Mustangs in District 24-5A, Leon will take her immense skill set to the collegiate level and play for the University of Houston-Victoria.
“To be honest I have to give credit to her coaches in Little League and select ball because they built her up to be a great player,” said Austin head coach Mike Zamora.
In Austin’s 18-2 four-inning run rule victory over longtime southeast Houston rival Milby at Barnett Stadium, Leon put together another typical performance.
After popping out to shortstop in her first at-bat, Leon walked and scored, clubbed a two-run home run over the leftfield fence and scalded an RBI single to shortstop in her final plate appearance of the game.
Leon finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored, three RBIs and a home run. Teammate and third baseman Amara Aguilar also had a productive outing going 3-for-3 with two doubles and four RBIs.
“Brianna was special from the first practice that we had her and she’s been balling for us ever since,” Zamora said.
“Bri’s a high-powered player and she’s been doing that for four years. She’s a testament to her hard work, her parents and the coaches that brought her up and gave her to me,” Zamora said
Leon credits her athletic father for being the first one to guide her in the right direction.
“He said I probably wasn’t coordinated enough to be a ballerina so let’s figure out something else,” she said. “God gave me speed and I thank him because with that ability I get to play at the next level.”
Speed along with tremendous eye-hand coordination is a combination that makes Leon a powerful package within a petite frame.
She appreciates the intangibles of softball such as meshing with players of varying degrees of talent.
“It helps with work experience and working with different types of girls,” Leon said. “I learn from the girls that don’t know how to play with their perspective of softball. I get to help them become a better player and they help me become a better person.
“Softball has always been my passion. I tried to play volleyball and basketball and it wasn’t my thing,” Leon said. “So, I just stuck to softball and worked hard.”
Leon thrives off the team concept.
“We have group chats and mimes and make cheers so that everything is flowing right,” she said. “It feels good so there are positive vibes moving forward.”
About Brianna Leon
Birth date – May 11, 2000
Birth sign – Taurus
Favorite subject – Economics
Possible college major – Criminology or pre-law
Favorite meal – Fried shrimp & fries
World problem she would solve – Poverty
Favorite athletes – Sierra Romero (softball), Jose Altuve (baseball)
If she could be a celebrity for a day – Oprah Winfrey