San Marino’s Sammy Edmonds recently wrapped up a solid softball career at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.
A former San Marino Little Leaguer and Lady Titan star, Edmonds played four years of varsity softball at San Marino High School where she was a two-time most valuable player, two-time team captain and was twice named to the All-Rio Hondo league first team. Edmonds, a 2018 graduate of SMHS, was also named a scholar-athlete all four years.
As a college freshman in 2019, Edmonds started five games and played in 23 as a pitcher for the Regals. In all, Edmonds pitched 34.1 innings and recorded 19 strikeouts and finished with an ERA of 2.05.
The 2020 season was cut short after just eight games due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2021 season was also shortened when several teams in the SCIAC Conference opted not to return to play.
In 2022, Edmonds suffered an arm injury in the third week of the season but had pitched 14.1 innings prior to the injury with six strikeouts. She didn’t pitch again until Senior Day, when she capped her career by throwing two innings, recording two strikeouts with no walks and allowing just one hit.
Edmonds’ softball career included a trip to Costa Rica to play the national team and a trip to the SCIAC Conference Championships.
As a freshman at Cal Lutheran, Edmonds survived a close call when most of her new teammates went line dancing at a popular country-western hangout, the Borderline Bar and Grill. While getting ready to meet her team there, a classmate of hers from the baseball team stopped by her dorm and asked if she had finished a project for a class they shared. When Edmonds told him no, he reminded her that the project was due the next day. As a freshman, she was torn between wanting to hang out with her teammates and being a part of the group. Edmonds decided to stay in her dorm and work on the project. Several hours later her phone began buzzing with the news of the shooting and death of a close friend’s older brother, Justin Meek. Meek had been working the door checking ID’s when the shooter opened fire. Edmonds’ teammates and friends escaped by going out the bathroom and none was seriously injured.
Then just a few weeks later, brush fires approached the Cal Lutheran campus and the students were forced to evacuate the school for several days until the fire was under control.
Edmonds graduated with honors and a degree in educational studies and was admitted into the scholar-athlete society for athletes with a GPA over 3.8. She is now back at Cal Lutheran getting her master’s degree and teaching credential with a plan to teach elementary school students.
Edmonds is the daughter of Tracy and Scott Edmonds, San Marino High School’s softball coach. She has an older sister, Raquel, and younger brother, Mark, who played softball and baseball, respectively, at San Marino High School.