The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 25, 2013

Jon Gerardi's column on high school softball: New warm-weather friend

Sometimes kids are forced to relocate schools for any number of reasons.

For most, it's not too far of a journey. Maybe a move to a neighboring school district or one only a few counties away.

But when Mifflinburg sophomore Molly Davis found out she was going to be transferring schools this year, she soon found out that her new school was probably a little farther away than she expected.

About 2,200 miles farther.

Davis, an outfielder for the Wildcats, originally lived in Glendale, Ariz., just outside of Phoenix and attended Mountain Ridge High School until this past December. That's when her father, Marc, got a job as a general manager for the U.S. Concrete Precast Group, which resulted in he and his daughter having to move to Mifflinburg.

A bit of a contrast, not only size-wise -- Mountain Ridge has an enrollment of approximately 2,500 students with a fairly large campus consisting of seven buildings -- but weather-wise as well.

"I'm still adjusting to it," Davis said of the weather difference. "Just the fogginess, the cold, the snow. I've never seen that much snow in my life until I moved here. I definitely miss that 88-degree weather."

Anyone who's ever gone to a new school knows how anxiety can play a factor. New classmates and new teachers at a school you've never been to can be a bit stressful, especially when you don't know anyone there.

Luckily for Davis though, she was welcomed before she even stepped foot inside of Mifflinburg High School and a big part of that was Mifflinburg's ace pitcher, Alli Lloyd. The senior pitcher got to know her new teammate while she was still living in Arizona.

"She reached out to me probably mid-October (by) talking to me, texting me, telling me about the school (and) the softball program," Davis said. "As soon as I moved here, (we) did a tour of the school. A lot of girls messaged me on Facebook from the softball team."

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