The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 25, 2013

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


Davis' teammates told her what grade they were all in and all helped her out on her first day of school. Lloyd also had lunch with Davis before the semester started, easing her transition into Mifflinburg.

"(That) made me a lot less nervous about going to school there," Davis added.

Lloyd's gesture to a new classmate helped establish a bond with Davis, and helped bring not only them, but the team a bit closer.

"She's a great friend. I look up to her as a player and as a person. She's definitely a friend I want to keep in my life for a long time," Davis said.

And that warm welcoming from her teammates before she arrived is something that Davis enjoyed.

"It was great (to have classmates reach out)," Davis said. "I had classes with them. It was just really easy because (we're) best friends on the field (and) best friends in the classroom. Nothing can beat that. It's just a great thing. I keep meeting new people everyday that I know a lot are going to be great friends for the rest of my career at Mifflinburg."

While Davis is only a sophomore, she's definitely no stranger to softball.

She played last year as a freshman for Mountain Ridge High School and played in the summer for the Arizona Suncats, an Amateur Softball Association team. Davis' Suncats squad allowed her to play quality teams, much like ASA teams here do, by going to different tournaments, such as in St. Louis and California to name a few.

The Arizona Interscholastic Association prohibits players from playing in both high school and another organization simultaneously.

"I've been on several teams because, in Arizona, the softball community is pretty small, but big (fan-wise)," Davis said. "You know who the top girls are, (the) top teams are, so you pretty much know everybody."

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