Davidson, McNick baseball star, to continue at ONU

June 22nd, 2008    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

Matt Davidson of Felicity, a senior at McNicholas High School, has signed a letter-of-intent to continue his education and baseball career at Ohio Northern University, Ada, Hardin County.

“I like Ohio Northern because I wanted a chance to play baseball immediately. I’ll be pitching and playing first base,” said the stellar student-athlete who will “probably” major in economics.

Davidson is a three-year letterman on the Rockets’ diamond. He has earned all-Greater Cincinnati League and all-city status. He was a member of the basketball program his freshman year.

“I’m happy with his decision for college,” said Carol Davidson, Matt’s mother.

Matt Davidson of Felicity, a star pitcher at McNicholas High School, signs a letter-of-intent to continue his education and baseball career at Ohio Northern University. Seated with their son are Carol and John Davidson. Standing from left are Brian Pendergest, principal; Willy Corbett, head baseball coach; and Rob Heise, athletic director.
"It's a good choice of college. The business school is a good program there and it's a nice campus," said Jon Davidson, Matt's father. "He'll be able get to pitch and play first base right away."

Davidson earned his athletic prowess honestly. His mother was an athlete and cheerleader at Western Brown High School and his dad, who graduated from Georgetown High School, was a bodybuilding champion having won numerous honors including Mr. Teenage Cincinnati.

From a great number of baseball games, Davidson somehow managed to pick two of them as highlights from his outstanding career.

"My junior year on Senior Night, we played Anderson and I was brought in (in relief) with us down and we went on to win it in extra innings," he said.

"We played Saint Xavier on the (professional farm club) Dayton Dragon's field and we competed real well and we were missing a bunch of our starters. We lost 6-3 and I gave up just two earned runs."

The respectful and appreciative son and athlete said, "My dad has always helped me practice and he took me to trainers for practices and to help me get better. . . Todd Montgomery (former coach of the Cincinnati Flames, select baseball team) got me started by showing me how to do things right in baseball."
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