The Big Show -- Pearland Freshman is Softball's Next Big Thing
March 14, 2012Pearland High School
The Big Show
Pearland Freshman Is Softball's Next Big Thing
By Austin Staton
Tagging along with best buddy Kristen Cuyos of Pearland High School to January's VYPE photo shoot at Minute Maid Park, freshman Samantha Show was taking it all in. Dozens of the top baseball and softball players converged at the home of the Houston Astros were on hand sizing each other up.
"You'll be inviting her next year," laughed Cuyos, only a sophomore who has already verballed to Texas A&M. "She's gonna be a beast."
This time last year, Sam Show was an eighth grader. Now she has been thrust into the pitching circle, splits time at the corner infield position and totes a potent bat in the middle of the Lady Oilers' line-up.
That didn't take long. Although the Pearland program is rich in tradition, a big reason for their early season success has come in the form of the 5-foot-11 softball sensation.
Simply put, she has all of the right tools and has been marked as one of the top-ranked softball prospects in the class of 2015. As a highly sought-after recruit, Show has already verbally committed to play at national-power Texas A&M.
“Knowing that I’m going to Texas A&M as part of the 2015 class just makes me want to work that much harder,” Show explained. “I still have room to improve but going to Texas A&M is something that I am really excited about.”
With the understanding that she still has room to improve her game before her collegiate journey begins in College Station, the Pearland faithful can relish in the fact that she’s only a freshman and that the best years are yet to come.
“I just started this year playing above my age level,” says Show. “I’m not familiar playing against all of the experienced players and having to deal with people being older than me so it is something new.”
Despite her youth, she’s already no stranger to pressure as is already thriving against elite competition and that features girls that are three years her senior.
In a showdown against the top-ranked and defending national champions The Woodlands, Show dominated the previously unbeaten Lady Highlanders as she surrendered just one run whole fanning six batters in 6.0 innings of work to pick up the win.
Helping her cause on the mound, the freshman phenom provided all of the offensive support that she would need as she belted a three-run home run in the top of the sixth that proved to be the difference maker.
With three more seasons in a Pearland uniform, District 24-5A has officially been put on notice – the road to a district championship runs through the Big Show and the Lady Oilers.