HENDERSON — Tiarra Davis enjoyed a strong cheering section of family and friends last June when Henderson reached the Class 3A state semifinals and final.
Folks in Austin had better get used to that because Davis is going to be there for four more years.
Seated at a table draped with a Texas tablecloth, complete with a huge Longhorn in the middle of it, Davis made her college choice official by signing a scholarship letter of intent to the University of Texas Wednesday morning at the Henderson Athletic Center.
“The feeling is just inexplicable; I really couldn’t ask for anything else,” said a beaming Davis while surrounded by family, friends, coaches and well-wishers. “I am really excited about going and just can’t wait to see (what the future holds).
“I’ve always wanted to go to Texas ever since I first started playing softball when I was six-years old I knew I wanted to go to Texas, so this is just a dream come true.”
Davis earned Class 3A All-East Texas Softball Player of the Year honors last year in leading the Lady Lions in the circle and at the plate. She went 19-7 with a 1.76 ERA and 207 strikeouts in 170 innings with six shutouts, the last one coming in the state semifinals. As a hitter, Davis batted .484 with 19 doubles, four triples and 19 RBIs. She also was 12 for 12 on stolen-base attempts and struck out just four times all season.
The senior committed to Texas prior to last season and got a taste of the University of Texas atmosphere at the state tournament.
She’s looking forward to many more games there.
“It was very nice; just being there and the feeling was overwhelming because I know that is where I am going to be and that is my home (field),” Davis said.
Texas is a perennial softball power reaching the NCAA Tournament 13 times, including the last eight straight years. The Longhorns have also played in four College World Series’ its last appearance coming in 2006. Texas went 47-13 in 2012 and made the Super Regional round of the tournament.
As for Henderson, the Lady Lions are pointed toward a return trip to state and claiming the state title that eluded them a year ago.
“The pressure is kind of off of me a little bit (by signing), but I also know I have to prepare more for college,” Davis said. “This is the first step to be what I want to be.”