David Reeder

In front of a host of family and friends Tuesday afternoon at Bulldog Arena, Lady Bulldog Samantha ‘Sam” Robertson signed a national letter of intent to play softball for the Seminole State College Lady Trojans.

Also on hand was Lady Trojan assistant coach Carlos Sanchez, who said of his most recent recruit, “We’re sure that Sam is going to be a great fit for our program. She’s a triple threat…She can pitch, she’s a power hitter and defensively, she can play anywhere. Sam is a versatile enough player to see lots of playing time”

Robertson, who has attended Jay Public Schools for 12 years, plans on taking classes pursuant to a career in pediatrics.

The 5-9 Robertson, who was recently named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association’s All-State roster, had a career record of 79-28. She also batted .640 last season and whacked 38 career home runs.

Lady Bulldog head coach, Montie Gaston speaks glowingly of his senior charge saying, “I’ve had 18 All-Staters in my career and Sam is easily the best.”

Samantha’s maternal grandmother, Jean Bingham was beaming when she said of her multi-talented granddaughter, “Sam loves to play sports all the time. She loves to stay in shape and I’m thankful for this opportunity for her to enjoy all of her hard work.”

And although a one-way trip to Seminole takes at least 3 hours, Bingham confesses, “We plan on watching her play as much as we possibly can.”

Jean’s husband and Samantha’s grandfather, Larry Bingham proudly stated, “They (SSC) are getting one heck of a good ballplayer. She’s a born hitter. She’s a great pitcher and a great fielder, but; I’ll say it again, she’s a born hitter.”

Samantha’s paternal grandmother, Jan Robertson, stated succinctly that, “I’m so proud of Sam” and like her late grandfather used to say, “She’s very special.”

The Lady Trojans are a member of the Bi-State Conference, with schools from Oklahoma and Arkansas that include such traditional powerhouses as Redlands Community College, the University of Arkansas Ft. Smith, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Murray, Connors and Carl Albert State, to name a few.

Bulldog fans will get the opportunity to watch Robertson in action this spring as she intends to play slow pitch softball for Jay. And on June 13th she will be the starting pitcher for the Eastern middle-sized schools (3A & 4A) squad in the Oklahoma Fast-Pitch Softball Coaches All-State Game at the University of Oklahoma’s Marita Hines Softball Field.