It is not often that VSU is represented on “SportsCenter” and other major media outlets around the country.
It is also not often that a softball player hits for the cycle or hits four home runs in one day. Well, Samantha Posey took it upon herself to combine the two for one of the most historic offensive performances in Blazer history.
On March 18, in a double-header against Albany State, Posey hit a solo, 2-run, 3-run and grand slam home run, while also knocking in 11 runs, en route to a sweep. It was a performance that many had never seen before on the softball diamond.
“Never in my career [have I seen anything like it],” Coach Thomas Macera said. “So that’s pretty big.”
Despite the unbelievable feat, Posey was so focused on completing the sweep that she did not even realize what she had accomplished until after the game.
“I did not know that I did it until after the Valdosta Daily Times interviewed me,” Posey said.
It’s rare that a softball game is actually shown on national television, but last week ESPN “First Take” interviewed Posey shedding a positive light on VSU, her team and the sport.
“It’s definitely good for Division-II softball. Period,” Posey said. “It’s good for our team just to get our name out there.”
Since the games, her performance has been documented all over the country. Unlike her brother, Buster, who currently plays for the San Francisco Giants, Samantha hadn’t had the opportunity to be interviewed on national television.
It was an experience she’ll never forget, though.
“It was definitely very interesting,” Posey said. “It was a little bit stressful, not even going to lie, but it was exciting and last week was a first for a lot of things for me. It was exciting. Of course, I enjoyed it. It’s not only that but it wasn’t just media attention for me, it was media attention for the softball team and for the college itself.”
Sometimes the media can bring unwanted attention and at times, it can take a toll on a person.
“I think she handled it well,” Macera said. “Her family has been in the spotlight a lot because of her brother and all. I think she did a good job handling what was put on her.”
For the past few months, Samantha has been fielding questions related to her older brother because of his major league appearance.
The elder Posey hit .305 and lead his team to a World Series, he became the ninth player in Giants history to take home the National League Rookie of the Year award. Well, now the tides have changed.
This past week, Buster was the one taking questions about the performance of his little sister.
“I talk to him a lot in the past week because he’s told me that every time he’s been interviewed he’s been asked about me,” Samantha Posey said. “So, I told him ‘Well, I’m sure you know what it feels like now because every time I get interviewed, I get asked about you?’”
With the two players both succeeding on the field and leading winning teams, one would think that they would have a competitive relationship. That may not be the case, though.
“We don’t brag to each other about it or anything like that,” Posey said. “When we were younger, it was really competitive. Now that we’re older we commend each other for both of us doing great.”
Although the two are across the country from each other, they still keep in contact and even in-season they are still able to help each other out in the batter’s box.
“Of course, if I don’t feel comfortable or if I’m doing something different, I’ll call him and ask him what he thinks I should do,” said Posey.
Samantha Posey is currently hitting over 170 points better than her big brother. He may have a World Series ring, but how does Samantha feel about being arguably the best hitter in the family? Well, she wouldn’t quite answer that question.
“I think that we all have our ups and downs,” Posey said. “I’ve had a great season, that’s all I can say.”