Valdosta State Blazers
Samantha Posey just might give her brother a run for his money in a home run contest.
Buster Posey's sister pulled off what many a baseball/softball player's always dream of: hitting for the cycle. Except she did it with all home runs.
Samantha Posey, a junior third baseman for the Valdosta State Blazers' Division II softball team, hit a one-run homer, a two-run homer, a three-run homer AND a grand slam ... all in the same game.
Naturally, she wasn't even aware it had happened.
"I did not know that," Posey said, according to the Valdosta Daily Times. "That's pretty cool. I felt really good.
Ah, the classic Posey-family modesty.
Of course, before we can go further, Posey's big day -- she piled up 11 RBI in a game that lasted just four-and-a-half innings because of the mercy rule -- warrants comparison with the actual cycle.
No, seriously, what's harder and/or less likely to happen? Hitting for the homer cycle -- which requires an pretty incredible amount of luck, I'd think, since you're not responsible for everyone else actually getting on base -- or hitting for the "normal" cycle?
The latter obviously occurs at the major-league level and necessitates that the hitter have a certain amount of speed and power, so it's probably more difficult, but -- and I admittedly don't know much about softball so I could be wrong -- it seems like hitting four jacks in a softball game with X number of runners on base each time would be extremely hard to pull off.
Anyway, what led to Samantha's outburst of tater tots? Being comfortable, of course. (Read: more modesty.)
"You go in the [batter's] box and sometimes you're really comfortable. That's when I know I'm going to hit," Posey said, according to the report. "I felt really comfortable in the box."
That's something she's not unaccustomed to -- currently the younger Posey (she is younger, right?) is rolling along with a .468 batting average and a .909 slugging percentage.
Which means that she'd probably bat fifth in the Giants' current lineup, right behind her brother.