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3A softball preview: Juan Diego's Davis rises to the occasion

Published May 9, 2013 4:53 pm

Prep softball • After sitting out a year, Maddie Davis has become a star.
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Draper • Paul Archuleta still can remember glancing over at Maddie Davis in the dugout and seeing near defeat. The former Riverton hurler transferred to Juan Diego last year, but she had to sit out her junior season when her request to play was denied.

"There were countless hours where she would just cry," said Archuleta, who is in his third year coaching the Soaring Eagle softball program.

So there she sat, watching and feeling helpless as her teammates battled through a season that ended in a Class 3A consolation bracket loss.

"It wasn't going to stop me from playing my hardest," she said.

Davis had something to prove. Not just to herself, her teammates and coaches, but to her opponents. Her year away from the game was tough, but she found some positives. She studied the game. Archuleta calls her a quarterback.

"She'll watch hitters, she'll watch their warmups and she'll even watch their pitchers warm up," he said. "She is the student of the game."

It's helped.

Davis is a star in the circle for a Soaring Eagle squad that is 21-3 heading into the start of Thursday's 3A state softball tournament. And she's walked out of the circle 21 times as a winner and three times as a losing pitcher, having lost three times to 5A Layton, 5A Fremont and 4A Box Elder each time by just one run.

Her tumultuous junior season is now in the rear view, but she hasn't forgotten it.

"I knew that was something that could tear me down so easily," Davis said.

She fought through it. As Archuleta aptly described his star pitcher as a fighter, he took a long pause. He knows how much the game means to her. She learned from her father, who passed away on her birthday 10 years ago.

"I knew this was going to happen," Archuleta said, referencing her dominant senior season, "that reason being just her will and desire."

There still are games left to be played — postseason games in which Davis said her 21-3 regular-season record goes out the window — but her determination and talent have landed her spot at Western Nebraska Community College next year.

"I always wanted to be a pitcher," she said.

With her high school career dwindling, her sights are set on ending this chapter her way and with her talented group of teammates, and said she'll take nothing for granted.

"Little things in softball can change just like that," she said, snapping her fingers.

Kind of like life, but as she's proven, Maddie Davis rises to the occasion.


Class 3A playoffs


At Snow Canyon

10 a.m. • Payson vs. Wasatch

Noon • Snow Canyon vs. Tooele

2 p.m. • Losers of first two games

At Stansbury

10 a.m. • Stansbury vs. Hurricane

Noon • Uintah vs. Juab

2 p.m. • Losers of first two games

At Spanish Fork

10 a.m. • Canyon View vs. Grantsville

Noon • Spanish Fork vs. Union

2 p.m. • Losers of first two games

At Juan Diego

10 a.m. • Juan Diego vs. Carbon or Delta

Noon • Bear River vs. Pine View

2 p.m. • Losers of first two games