DEER PARK - Payton McBride was more than just a wide-eyed freshman last year.
In her first season for Deer Park, Payton went 19-1 with a stellar 1.75 ERA. She batted .442 and drove in 30 runs. Those numbers and more earned her multiple honors, including district newcomer of the year.
However, she along with her teammates lost in the state semi-final game, an experience that taught her a lot about her abilities.
Off the field, she has a 4.0 GPA, loves math and is learning to appreciate science, since one day her goal is to become a nurse.
Payton is verbally committed to Texas A&M.