By Ray Hamill — Eureka’s Briana Day is about to become a Knight.
The Loggers senior announced this week that she is taking her game to Shasta College after graduation and will play softball for the Redding school.
And similar to McKinleyville senior shortstop Lexi White, who is going to play softball at Santa Barbara City College, Day made her decision to continue her career after having her senior season called because of COVID-19.
“After my senior season was canceled, I thought I might as well play another year,” the first baseman said.
Day has been a consistent threat for the Loggers since breaking into the team late in her freshman campaign.
She was brought up for the playoffs that year and had an immediate impact, getting a key hit off Fortuna standout and current Fresno State ace Hailey Dolcini.
Day remembers the moment.
“We were in slump,” she said. “And my coaches put me in there and they believed in me and it happened.”
She hasn’t stopped since and has batted an impressive .366 in her time with the Loggers, playing a key role in helping the Eureka girls win an H-DNL tournament championship in 2018.
“She’s been really productive for us, but more than that she’s been a leader and a mentor for the younger players,” Eureka co-head coach Kateyn Fox said. “She’s been a cornerstone of our team for the last four years.”
The coach added that Day, one of just three seniors on this year’s team, will be missed by her teammates.
“She brings a lot of laughs,” Fox said. “She’s definitely known for keeping it light. And she’s the most caring player on our team.
“She’s just what every coach wants from a leader.”
For Day, who wants to major in business, the move is just the perfect distance.
“I wanted to get away from Humboldt, but not too far,” she admitted. “I wanted to try out a new place.”
She says she will miss her teammates and coaches the most from her time at Eureka, a group that had a big influence on her, both as a player and a person.
“They had a big impact for sure,” she said. “My coaches have been taking us on college trips and making sure we’re staying focused on school, and bettering ourselves academically and as people as well.”
Day added she is looking forward to college life.
“Definitely I’m excited to go to a new environment and a higher level of learning,” she said. “It’s exciting and challenging for sure.”
She joins a Shasta team that was 2-18 this spring before the season was canceled, and one that featured another local player, 2018 Arcata graduate Dakota Smalls.