Former Port St. Joe standout Heather Brinkmeier, who was selected to play on a softball all-star team touring Australia this past summer, was not the only county product of that era in softball finding success.
Former Wewahitchka High School star Samantha Rich completed her first year as a junior transfer at Southeastern University in Lakeland.
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.
She won 15 of 21 pitching 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 initially signed with Jacksonville State University in Alabama but a slow recovery from shoulder surgery and other injuries hampered her.
She transferred to Chipola State College in Marianna and was named third-team all-American as an outfielder.
Rich sat out a year to fully recover from her shoulder injury before signing with Southeastern University.