CHS alum turning heads at college

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers

In his second season at Trinidad State (Colo.) Junior College, former Clovis High pitcher Darren Davis is hoping to take the next step.

The sophomore right-hander is getting some looks from four-year schools at the NCAA Division I and Division II levels, as well as the NAIA.

“I’ve talked to quite a few schools,” said Davis, who through March 20 had a 4-2 record with a 3.92 earned run average in 19 2/3 innings. “I would like to go to a school (somewhere) in Texas.”

His statline includes 20 strikeouts, 18 hits allowed and nine walks. He had made five appearances for TSJC, with four starts and two complete games.

Trinidad is located in south-central Colorado, about 15 miles from the New Mexico border.

Davis is one of four former Wildcats currently playing for the Trojans, who sported a 17-14 record prior to last weekend. The others are catcher Richard Urban, infielder-outfielder Matt Cordova and outfielder Mark Young.

Trojans pitching coach Rich Loomis, who spent a year as a Wildcats assistant before moving on to Trinidad State, said Davis has even gotten some looks from pro scouts.

“He’s progressed quite a bit,” Loomis said. “A couple of professional teams have been here to look at him as well as some of our other guys.

“As far as the draft, his physical size (6-foot, 180 pounds) could hurt him. But one thing Darren didn’t have in high school was a good changeup, and that’s one of the things he’s really worked on.”

Davis said he’s glad to be working with Loomis.

“I really enjoyed him as a pitching coach in high school,” he said. “I knew that he knows what he’s doing, and I really wanted him to coach me in college.”

He said he’s added about four miles an hour to his fastball.
“I still throw the same pitches,” Davis said. “My knuckle-curve is probably my best pitch, but I’ve become a lot smarter pitcher. That’s probably the main thing.”

The other ex-Cats are also contributing at Trinidad, although Young has missed some time with a back injury. As of March 20, he’d had only 14 at-bats with two hits.

Meantime, Urban was hitting .283 in 46 at-bats, with a double, a home run and 11 RBIs. Cordova was at .263 (15-for-57), with three doubles, a triple and nine RBIs.