2021 Extra Elite 100 Profile: SEC-Bound Saleyna Daniel… the “Home Run Robber”

Saleyna is a four-sport athlete with legitimate track speed to get to almost any ball hit in the air to the outfield. Photo by Prudence Allwein.

You know you’re doing something right when you have not just one, but two cool nicknames and that’s the case for Texas sophomore Saleyna Daniel who goes by “Silk” and the very appropriate “Home Run Robber” for her play in the outfield.

Says one long-time follower of the Houston resident: “I’ve seen her do diving catches and catches over the fence that are unbelievable.”

Saleyna, who made the 2021 Extra Elite 100, is a four-sport athlete, an accomplished musician and does well in the classroom with a 4.0 GPA (she wants to study aerophysics).

But for her all her well-diversified successes, the athlete’s claim to fame nationally may be her ability to make plays that would make Major League Baseball players take notice (and they do)… for example:

Here’s more on the future SEC outfielder…

Hometown/State: Houston, Texas
Grad Year: 2021
Position: Outfielder
Club Team: Blaze United 16U
High School (City/State): Stratford (Houston, Texas)
GPA: 4.0
Recruiting Status: verbal to Mississippi State
Top Honors/Accomplishments: PGF All-Tournament Team (2018); 2nd place at PGF Nationals 14U; broke school record in 100 meters and high jump; 2nd Team All-District; USSSA MVP Pitching & Defense (2017)
Other Sports: track, volleyball, basketball
Other Universities Considered: LSU, Tennessee, Army West Point, Oklahoma State
Preferred College Major: Aerospace Engineering / Physics


What does it mean to you to be considered as one of the top 100 players in your class?
It’s an honor to be in the top 100 with those who put in the work and effort because they love the game and know the work is never done.

Looking back on your career so far, both club and high school, what’s been your favorite experience in softball?
Placing 2nd at PGF Nationals.

Saleyna with Mississippi State Assistant Coach Tyler Bratton.

What would you say are your strengths on the field?
Reading the ball off of the bat, accurate throws and good footwork.

Are there any things you are going to work on this year?
Yes, remembering that you can get over any obstacle and also that it’s OK to be happy.

Do you have any softball superstitions?
I avoid walking on a chalk line.

What would you say is your philosophy in life?
Mine would be to be happy and help other people by listening and being an inspiration to them. 

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