May 17, 2017 07:20 PM
(ABC 6 News) – The Schaeffer Academy Lions baseball team is one win away from tying a school record for wins in a season (11)—the Lions are chasing history because they have one of Rochester’s most underrated stars, Reed Davis.
Davis, a junior left-handed pitcher and centerfielder for the Lions, is a “baseball junkie”, and his coach said Davis, who is a team captain, is practically another coach out on the diamond. “I never have to ask him to do things more than once,” Lions head coach Jeff Morgan said. “He’s a great leader. He leads by example and he really takes the younger guys under his wing and really helps them along.”
Morgan said Davis may not be the “biggest or fastest” baseball player he’s ever had, but he gets the most out of his abilities. “Reed is from the cradle of a baseball player,” Morgan said. “He’s one of those guys that come along once in a great while and you’re kind of blessed to have him as part of your program.”
Davis has put up gaudy pitching and hitting numbers this season. At the plate, he’s hitting .557, has two home runs, 10 RBI, has scored 21 runs, and has stolen 15 bases. He serves as the Lions leadoff hitter, because, simply put, Davis gets on base. “Actually, he’s only struck out once this year,” Morgan noted. “He gets dirty every game. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him where he’s not dirty from head to toe. He’s always hustling. It’s everything you want in a player, on and off the field. He’s really selective as a hitter. He doesn’t swing at many bad pitches, so when he hits it, it’s a good line drive and where we want it to go.”
On the pitching bump, Davis has put up some big numbers as well—he’s 5-2 overall, has struck out 61 batters in 40.3 innings pitched, and holds a microscopic 1.34 ERA. “He’s pretty good at (hitting and pitching),” Morgan added. “He’s just really consistent hitting the strike zone. He’s good about placing his pitches, he knows when to mix things up, he has a good breaking ball, so keeping hitters off balance, making them guess at times, changing their eye levels. He’s really good at finding, hitting the corners and when he needs to mix up fastball, changeup, he knows what to throw and when to throw it.”
Davis said he throws four different pitches—a two-seam and four-seam fastball, a curveball, and a changeup. “I have probably better stuff than a lot of the guys here would see or that we’ve seen in the conference,” Davis said. “I’ve been working on that for a long time, so it’s nice that that is all coming together this year.”
Last Friday against Mabel-Canton, Davis had a game to remember—he threw his first career no-hitter in a 15-0 win over the Cougars. “I just went out there, followed the catcher’s signs, threw the best that I could and it turned out pretty good,” Davis said. “It was very relieving. That’s been one of my goals, before I graduated at least, so it was very relieving to finally get there. I won’t forget the ground ball to first base, nice and easy routine play, closed out the game.”
“It was very rewarding for him,” Morgan said. “He had a big smile on his face, he was pretty excited when he got that.”
Davis and the Lions have two more games this week against Houston and Spring Grove. If the Lions win both of those games, they’ll set a new school record with 12 total wins.
Updated: May 17, 2017 07:20 PM
Created: May 17, 2017 06:33 PM
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