Her standout career at Springfield High School included a pair of state championships, two All-Ohio nods and the Beacon Journal's Player of the Year award in 1998. She then blossomed into one of the best players in the history of the Kent State University program. In 1995, she earned a spot on the All-Mid-East Region squad after being named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year. She compiled 27 wins, eight shutouts and carried a 0.95 ERA on the mound, while hitting .400 at the plate. A four-time All-MAC selection, Brookbank-Schaal was a three-time team MVP and was twice named to the Academic-All MAC squad. Upon her graduation from Kent State in 1995, she held school records for career wins, strikeouts, complete games and shutouts. She then went on to play for numerous teams in the Women's Professional Softball League and even made a curtain call in 2011 with the Akron Racers at the age of 39.