HENDERSON — Tiarra Davis knew where she wanted to play college softball as a kid.
“I always wanted to be a Longhorn, ever since I started playing sports,” said the southpaw pitcher. “I really wanted to play basketball, rather than softball, but I obviously turned out better at softball. So I went that route.”
Yeah, she did.
The senior has amassed some incredible numbers in her high school career as a pitcher for the Henderson Lady Lions.
Her freshman year, 2010, she was named District Pitcher of the Year, and 1st team all-district. In 2011, she had a breakout year. Davis went 22-4, with 1.31 ERA, 239 K’s, and was named All-East Texas MVP. She also garnered TGCA all-state, and TSWA 1st team.
In 2012, she went 19-7, with 1.76 ERA, and 207 strikeouts in 170 innings pitched. Her district numbers in 2013 have been spectacular. 133 K’s in only 61 innings, to go with an eye-popping 0.29 ERA, while only surrendering 11 hits.
“I committed my sophomore year, and signed last November. Despite the other offers, I knew as soon as Texas began looking at me, that was my place. Everywhere else was just ‘ehhh that’s ok, it’s Texas.”
As for high school, Davis still has some unfinished business. Her Lady Lions are currently No. 5 in Class 3A according to the TCGA Softball poll, and are one win from going undefeated in district play for the third straight year.
” I don’t think we’re (Henderson) peaking at all. I think we’re steadily improving, getting better, and I wouldn’t say it’s an understatement to say we can make a run at state. I think we have a good chance. I’m excited to see how the season turns out.”
“I’m so excited,” said Davis when talking about the 2013 Texas softball team, ranked No. 6 in AP poll. “I follow them every game. In any game, I’m on Twitter, looking for updates. Just so excited to be a part of the program. I can’t wait.”
Neither can Longhorn fans, Tiarra.