The Seminoles claimed their first ever softball national championship.
Davis holds the National Championship trophy after the win against Washington.

Photos Courtesy Of Maury Neipris

“It was definitely a dream come true for me,” said FSU pitcher Cassidy Davis. “I remember being a little kid sitting on the floor watching all these amazing college teams play, so actually getting to be there and live out my dream was really cool and something I’ll always remember.”

Former Newsome Wolf Cassidy Davis competed in the Women’s College World Series and won the championship as a part of the Florida State Seminoles. In 2015, she led the Newsome Wolves to their first ever state title. That year she was also named Hillsborough County Player of the Year. She feels that playing in Hillsborough County against tough competition has helped her development as a player and competitor.

Davis was a highly sought-after high school recruit, receiving offers from Division 1 schools such as Alabama and Stanford before ultimately choosing the Seminoles. Davis, a sophomore, feels that winning the championship has been extra validation for her decision to choose Florida State, which is now like a family to her. “This place is like home to me now and these people are my family, so national championship or not, I know I made the right choice,” she said.

Davis pitched in the first game of the Women’s College World Series against UCLA, which the Seminoles lost 7-4. They then won six in a row in the loser’s bracket, including a doubleheader against UCLA, in which Davis pitched the first game.

On June 5 in Oklahoma City, the Seminoles beat the Washington Huskies in the best of three series and claimed their first ever softball national championship. “I was so excited,” Davis said. “We have all worked so hard and all the blood sweat and tears finally paid off, especially after losing our first game and coming back the way that we did. I just felt pure happiness.”

Davis is currently working softball camps for FSU and is taking a little bit of time off to relax and let the win sink in before the team gets back to work with conditioning and lifting. Davis says that next season her goal remains the same, but the ‘Noles will have a target on their back this time being the defending champions. “We will just have to remember where we came from and just to have fun with it and work to give it our all,” said Davis. “Regardless of the outcome, we’ll be able to say that we did everything that we could.”

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Nick Nahas has written for the Osprey Observer since 2016. He has lived in the Valrico area since 2002 and has his bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of South Florida. He is dedicated to covering sports in Hillsborough County at every level.