West Mifflin softball player to compete in elite showcase
West Mifflin junior Shannon Davis will have plenty to look forward to as her first week of school rolls around.
That's because the outfielder will be traveling to Winthrop in Rock Hill, S.C., at the end of that week to compete in the Queen of Diamonds Showcase South on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.
The showcase, which receives more than 1,500 applicants, selects fewer than 200 players to compete in a set of three games featuring some of the best high school softball talent in the country.
“I'm really excited to be picked,” Davis said. “I hear a lot of good things about it, and I want to see all the great players that are going to be playing down there from different states.”
The Queen of Diamonds Showcases (South and North) require a rigorous application process to be selected and will feature players from 30-plus states and a couple of Canadian provinces.
The application takes multiple factors into account — from a player's individual and team statistics to GPA.
A two-year letterwinner for West Mifflin and a starter on last season's WPIAL Section 3-AAA champion that advanced to the WPIAL semifinals, Davis hit .364 with eight doubles, two triples and 15 RBI in her sophomore season. She also carries a 4.0 GPA and is part of the National Honor Society.
To go along with those statistics, Davis described herself as a strong defensive player and a good teammate. She hopes to show that to the numerous college coaches at the event.
“I want to show them my talent and what I have to offer going into college,” Davis said.
A member of the Pittsburgh Pride travel softball team, Davis is no stranger to high-profile showcases, but cited that the Queen of Diamonds is more prestigious than any her teams played.
The experience will allow Davis to sharpen her skills before continuing to play fall ball in preparation for her junior season with the Titans, one she believes has plenty of promise.
“Last year, we had a really good team, and our four seniors were a big part of that,” she said. “We're going to miss them this year. But our team is still strong, and I feel we will still make it as far as we did last year and hopefully farther.”
Alex Oltmanns is a freelance writer.