Former Wewahitchka High School star softball player Samantha Rich recently completed her first year as a junior transfer at Southeastern University in Lakeland.
Playing for Coach Anna Welch, Rich was named the team’s Most Valuable Player, was first-team All-Sun Conference and was named a first team All-American by the National Christian College Association.
Rich was also named second team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
In her first year at Southeastern, Rich led the team with a .450 batting average, 21 doubles, 68 hits and 105 total bases.
She also hit four home runs and stole 15 bases.
In the pitching circle, she won 15 of 21 starts and ranked second in the Sun Conference in wins.
She helped lead Southeastern, fielding a softball team for the first time in school history, to a 26-19 record overall, 9-7 in conference play, good for third place.
Rich, with her pitching and hitting, helped lead the Lady Gators of Wewahitchka High School to state championships in 2007 and 2008. She was named first-team all-State in Class 1A three times and was twice Big Bend Player of the Year as selected by the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper.
As a junior she was named a second team All-American by EA Sports.
She suffered a shoulder injury during her senior year, ending high school pitching career, though she returned late in the season as a position player.
She initially signed with Jacksonville State University in Alabama but a slow recovery from shoulder surgery and other injuries hampered her efforts and playing time.
She transferred to Chipola State College in Marianna for her sophomore year and was named third-team all-American as an outfielder.
Rich sat out a year to fully recover from her shoulder injury and take a break from the game before signing with Southeastern University.
Rich will report to Southeastern in the fall for her senior year.