Maya Brady isn’t quite ready to move on to UCLA yet.
Faced with the potential end of her Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.) career on Thursday, the senior shortstop responded with the most productive day of her illustrious high school career.
Brady was 3 for 3 with two home runs, a triple, four RBIs and four runs scored, and was also hit by a pitch to power the Lions’ 10-4 win over visiting Camarillo in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 playoffs.
“For her, that’s normal,” Oaks Christian senior pitcher Lexi Berg said. “She’s that good. I don’t know what else to say. She’s pretty incredible.”
After Camarillo (18-9) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, Brady immediately answered by tripling to center field on the first pitch of the bottom of the inning and scoring on Mic Kastor’s triple.
When Taylor Johnson followed with an RBI single, the Lions took a 2-1 lead they would not relinquish.
“We worked really hard this week on hitting, really focused on driving the ball,” Brady said. “When I saw that first pitch, there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to swing at it. I just kind of took from practice to the field.
“I guess my bat did the rest.”
Brady then went the other way to give Oaks Christian a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the second, lacing a three-run home run off the locker room beyond left field. Brady made it 7-1 with solo shot to right field in the fourth.
Brady had a pair previous two-homer games and a two-triple game on her long high school resume, but the 11 total bases were a career high.
“That’s Maya being Maya,” Oaks Christian longtime coach Pete Ackermann said.
Camarillo head coach Nichole Pinedo was impressed with Brady, the niece of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
“She’ll be a really good hitter for UCLA next year,” said Pinedo, a UCLA alumna.
Kastor was 4 for 4 with a solo home run in the second inning, following Brady’s shot to left with a back-to-back effort into the parking lot beyond left field, and Madison Rainone reached base three times for Oaks Christian (22-4-1).
“I’m just really proud of Mic, she stepped up,” Brady said. “I’m really proud of this team. We’ve really developed a great drive of the ball.”
Brady, Kastor and Berg all homered during a five-batter span to erase a big deficit in a recent loss at Westlake.
“Who knows what this offense can do?” Brady asked. “We’re pretty young one through nine. But there’s no telling what we can do when it’s the right time, right place.”