David Reeder

While the country awaited word of the presidential election results, a pair of Delaware County athletes were named to the Oklahoma Fast Pitch Softball Coaches Association’s 2008 starting All-State Team.

Kansas’s Courtney Baker and Jay’s Samantha Robertson were selected to start, at shortstop and pitcher, respectively, for the middle sized (3A & 4A) schools, on June 13, at the University of Oklahoma’s Marita Hines Softball Field.

Robertson, the daughter of Wade and Fawna Robertson, has attended Jay schools for 12 years. Although the stalwart hurler is undecided as to her collegiate destination, she is leaning toward playing her first two years for the Lady Trojans of Seminole State College.

But the ever-affable senior is quick to point out that, “I want to go on and play at a Division 1 school if possible.”

Batting a torrid .640, Samantha led the Lady Bulldogs to 23-7 record this season. Throughout her high school career, the 5’9” Robertson attained a 79-28 won/loss record to go with 38 career home runs.

Jay Coach, Monte Gaston speaks glowingly of his talented charge, saying, “Sam and I came into the Jay program in the same year and from the first time I saw her play I knew she was special.”

Obviously filled with pride, Gaston added, “In my career I’ve had the privilege of coaching 18 All-Staters, but she is the best of all of them.”

Academically, Robertson won’t be taking the easy way out in college. Her intention is to pursue a degree in pediatrics.

Representing South Delaware County, Kansas’s Courtney Baker has been a mainstay at shortstop for the Lady Comets since her freshman year, causing Coach Steve Odle to

comment, “We’ve had 5 All-Staters here and Courtney is the best shortstop we’ve had.”

Considering the deep pool of talented Lady Comets over the years, Odle’s words are high praise indeed.

Baker, the daughter of Trisha & Paul Baker, batted .480 during her senior year and .412 over her career. On defense the vivacious senior possessed a golden glove, achieving a lifetime fielding percentage of .925 that was topped off by .969 effort during her final campaign.

Despite garnering interest from Pittsburgh State and NEO A&M, Courtney would still like to play for the Northeastern State Lady Riverhawks.

When asked about her playing days at Kansas, Baker quickly points out that, “Playing for the Odle’s (Steve & Phil) could be tough at times, but there’s no doubt that they made us better.”

She went on to add that one of her favorite things about her time at Kansas was beating Locust Grove.

Whichever college Baker attends she intends to major in psychology.