DEER PARK, TX - Payton McBride has her routine - school, softball practice, homework, family time. It's a method she's used to become a straight A's student and starting pitcher at Deer Park High School.
"I'm a student before an athlete," McBride said.
While the junior enjoys hunting and fishing as hobbies, there's no doubt what's most important.
"Softball is my number one. That's all I do. It's so fun all the time," McBride said.
As a sophomore last year, McBride started in the Deers' state title-winning game against The Woodlands.
"I was named MVP of that game. It was great because my freshman year we didn't do so good. I was really, really wanting to win state, but it happened for a reason, so it's okay," McBride said.
Despite still having a year left in high school, McBride has been committed to play at Texas A&M since before her freshman year. She says she hasn't picked out a major yet, but expects it to be either math or computer science.