Swing Out Sisters

Published 4:37 pm Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Davis sisters recently had their very own championship weekend.

Sydney Davis, playing in the 12-under division, and younger sister Alyssa, playing in the 10-under division, each won ASA South Carolina state championships within a few hours of one another.

Alyssa played center field for the East Coast Extremes 10-under fastpitch team en route to a state title early in the day in Rock Hill. Later in the day, Sydney pitched a no-hitter to lead the Palmetto Thunder 12-under team to a state championship in Sumter.

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I was excited because we both won, Alyssa said. That doesnt happen much, I dont guess.

Sydneys no-hitter was icing on the cake.

I hit all my spots that (the coach) called, and I was throwing hard, Sydney said. We have a really good defense and that helped me out a lot.

While mother Lisa was with Alyssa, father Joe was on the road with Sydney for the no-hitter.

Thats probably the best shes pitched in a long time, Joe said.

Both girls are playing a strenuous summer season of traveling club and local recreation league softball, but that is nothing new and neither are the state championships.

Sydneys team won three 10-under championships and Alyssa won one with her team in 2009.

All the other tournaments we play are really warm-ups for the state tournaments, Joe said. The whole month of June is for state tournaments in the ASA and ISAs different divisions.

Lisa and I have to split up to get everybody where they need to be. This week, shes in Marion and Im in Lexington. Wed like to be there for all of it, but thats the way we have to do it.

Alyssa plays mostly in the outfield, while Sydney, a rising seventh grader, is mainly a pitcher who also plays a little first base and outfield. Sydney said she plans to play JV softball for Landrum and hopes to play for the varsity.

Sydney and Alyssa are the granddaughters of Doug Bruce of Landrum and Dot and Bill Davis of Williamston, S.C.