Denair High School’s Madysyn Davis has been described as a “natural athlete” by her coaches and peers. As a multi-sport athlete playing softball, basketball and track, it’s arguable that she can compete at the next level in any of the sports. Well, she will be continuing her athletic and academic career playing softball – her true love.
Earlier this year, Davis signed her National Letter of Intent to play softball and study physical therapy at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.
“I’m super excited to get out there again and play,” said Davis.
Davis first started playing softball at the age of 11, having always played catcher. Early on in her life, she had aspirations of playing in college.
“I made a joke at the time that the [2024 Summer] Olympics would be here [in the US] when I was 18, and thought that I could totally do it. That made me want to go on and play softball after high school,” she explained.
In recent years, Davis has worked towards that goal by playing year-round for the Central Valley Firecrackers softball team based out of Turlock. This season, Denair High fielded a team for the first time since 2020, giving her more opportunities to showcase her skills. She hit .550 with three home runs and 14 RBI in 20 at-bats.
“It was pretty cool to get in a season for my last year. We didn’t do the best, but I loved my team. We all got along, there wasn’t any drama, which is always nice, but it was probably one of my favorite teams I’ve been on since I’ve been in high school,” she said.
Davis and her family visited the George Fox campus back in January, and were immediately drawn by the leadership of head coach Jessica Hollen.
“I was nervous at first, but it was a good experience and it’s beautiful. I met the coach before I knew anything about the school, and I really liked the way she took charge of everything with there being so many players and coaches and other things going on. That’s an environment I liked,” she said. “I realized that was the best of both worlds being able to go to school and play softball at the same time.”
As a catcher, Davis has visited physical therapists plenty of times. It is her goal to give others the same care that has helped her.
“I want to do that for other athletes like myself who don’t want to stop or be told to take a break,” she said. “I hate getting told that I cannot do something or have to take a break. I’ve always had that in me, so it’s exciting to be able to have that opportunity that I realize not everybody gets.”