Darryn Davis is a leader. It’s easy to see when he steps on the playing field and he would be successful in whatever sport he fell in love with because his passion and leadership skills can’t be taught.
The Skyline senior was certainly the leader for the Eagles’ football team in the fall. As the starting quarterback, his incredible skills included running, passing and leading the Skyline offense that was a challenge to stop for any defense.
He was college-good in football and could have played at the next level if that was the path he had chosen. But baseball has always been his sport, his passion and his future. And if you’ve seen Darryn Davis on the diamond you have seen him sparkle, playing a game he not only loves but plans on playing as long as he can.
“I’ve let baseball take me all over the country and into college,” he says. “I haven’t and I don’t plan on limiting baseball and where it can take me anytime soon.”
Darryn, 18, the son of Nicole and Darryn Davis, has had a strong senior season for the Eagles, who head into Districts this week at Howell. Skyline drew a bye in the first round and will play host Howell in the semifinals at noon on Saturday.
“My senior season has been going along well,” Davis said. “I’ve loved so much of it and I’m pushing myself to accomplish things I’ve never done before. What I’m most excited about, however, is leading the team into the playoffs.
“For me, everything revolves around the postseason. My goal is to get better today, and I believe the rest will take care of itself.”
Davis started playing baseball at a young age and it was love at first pitch, catch and hit.
“I started playing at the age of 4 in California and ever since I can remember it’s been all I’ve wanted to do,” he said. “Being at the baseball diamond is my favorite thing in the world, and the feeling never gets old.”
Since he was 8, Davis has played on competitive travel teams in Georgia and in Michigan.
“The talent I faced when we travelled all across the country playing baseball turned me into the player I am today,” he said. “I wouldn’t have been able to play baseball at the Division 1 level if I didn’t have athletes at that level pushing me.”
Davis has had quite a successful career at Skyline. He won Team MVP on varsity all three years and has been First Team All-Conference the previous two seasons. He also was All-District as a freshman and junior year and has been awarded the Scholar-Athlete award all the three years.
He is already signed, sealed and delivered to play next year at the University of Toledo, a Division 1 school with a successful baseball program.
“I chose the University of Toledo because I feel like Toledo offers me all the resources I need to become a better person, student and athlete,” said Davis, who plans on studying business management. “When I realized that, combined with the fact that my family loved it, it was an easy choice.”
Davis has played all four years at Skyline with fellow senior Eamon Horwedel. The two talented baseball players not only pushed each other to be better but also helped push each other to the next level.
“Playing with Eamon has been one of the best experiences of my baseball career,” Davis said. “With him, I know every day I show up to practice or a game, I know I’m going to get the most out of him, probably even more. I won’t ever be able to repay him for the priceless way he pushed me every day.”
Davis also credits his parents for his success on and off the diamond.
“My mom and dad have been with me every step of my baseball career,” he says. “I know for a fact I wouldn’t be here today without them. I would just like to thank them for all that they have done for me and continue to do.”