Islands softball player Rebecca Davis had established herself as one of the top softball players in the Coastal Empire since her freshman year playing for the Sharks.
This season, the junior put up even more impressive numbers. Entering the playoffs this week, the shortstop had posted a .718 batting average, with an on-base percentage of .796 and a slugging percentage of 1.487. She had 28 hits, including seven doubles, four triples, five home runs and 41 RBI.
She was in the top five in Georgia in batting average, on-base and slugging percentage and was also ranked top five in the nation in those categories. Davis is the Savannah Morning News Girls Athlete of the Week.
The Sharks’ season ended with a loss at Rutland on Wednesday in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs, but the team had a solid season (13-7).
“She was hitting so well this year, it was almost like a video game, like you were watching MLB 2K 17,” Islands coach Nick Pou said. “We don’t play in the greatest region, but Rebecca put up some of her best numbers against the better teams like Southeast Bulloch, Long County and Jenkins. Rebecca put in a lot of work in the weight room in the offseason and you can see the results this year. Her power hitting has improved, and that slugging percentage is no joke.”
Davis, who is also a defender on the Islands soccer team, is receiving interest from college recruiters and is focused on improving her game.
“I had a different mindset this year; I was a lot more confident,” said Davis, who earns A’s in the classroom. “I was more patient at the plate and was able to wait for the specific pitch I was looking for. As a team, we were more positive this year and we improved a lot.”