Dawson County High School senior baseball player Noah Davis signed to play at Garner Webb University last week during a ceremony with friends and family.
"It's rare to be able to go off and play, especially at a Division I school and fulfill your dreams," said Head Coach Dwayne Sapp. "Everybody that plays ball dreams of going off to the next level and to actually accomplish that is tremendous."
Davis was recruited to pitch for the Runnin' Bulldogs coming off of a season that saw him pitch 49.1 innings with six wins and three losses.
He had a 2.838 earned run average and a .346 batting average. He also posted 58 strike outs.
Davis was also named to first team all-region in 7-AAA.
The Tigers were 22-9 last season and finished as region runner-ups.
"It's a dream come true," Davis said. "I didn't think I'd be able to make it, but just a lot of hard work finally payed off."
Davis may not have been sure, but his mother Amanda Lowe says that she was.
"I knew that he would make it past high school," Lowe said. "I had that feeling, and people would tell me from an early age, that he would go far. I am excited for him. I am proud of him."
Davis' dad, Jeff, credited his hard work as well as that of the team as a whole.
"It's a team effort, not just one person," said Jeff Davis. "Every ball that you throw, every ball that you catch, every time you swing the bat, I am back there gritting my teeth for every one of you.
"It takes a team. This is one of the best teams I have ever seen that Noah has played on."
Davis said it was a long road reaching a decision to go to Garner Webb.
"Garner Webb just had the best fit," he said. "Very open campus, very community-like atmosphere. The coaches are great. They are enthusiastic about everything, super-nice, love their players."
The senior has played baseball since he was 5 years old and moved to Dawson County High School from the Flowery Branch area before the start of his junior year.
"It's something so few kids get to do," said Jeff. "To see him go from where he was to where he is now, it's been a great ride."