ROCKINGHAM — It was a case of better late than never for Chelsea Davis.
The former Richmond Senior standout wanted to play softball in college, but things weren’t coming together like she had hoped. Because of this, Davis relegated herself to attending Richmond Community College in the fall and transferring to a four-year university down the line.
Then Davis received a letter that forced her to rethink her plans.
The letter informed her she had been accepted at St. Andrews. This meant Davis could join the school’s softball team and play with a former Richmond star — Summer Jacobs. Doodle Jacobs, Summer’s sister and a rising senior at Richmond, verbally committed to St. Andrews this summer.
Davis said one of the main attractions to attending St. Andrews was being reunited with Summer and then having Doodle join them the following year.
“That is what me, Doodle and Summer were talking about, we were all texting and everything, we were saying we’re all going to play together again, all three of us,” Davis said. “They call us the Three Musketeers.”
As a senior, Davis hit a team-high 10 home runs and batted .367 with nine doubles and 27 runs batted in. Davis helped Richmond finish with a 21-5 record and advance to the fourth round of the state 4A playoffs for the second straight season.
Davis was selected to the North Carolina Softball Coaches Association’s all-state team this summer. She was also a two-time NCSCA District 4 all-district honoree.
After looking at Guilford and Wingate, Davis applied to St. Andrews in the final weeks of her senior year at Richmond. Elizabeth Burris, the St. Andrews softball coach, told Davis to let her know when she was accepted to the school.
“I wanted to go to St. Andrews mostly because Summer plays there and she told me she likes the school and the softball players,” Davis said. “I applied and I guess I wasn’t really staying on top of it.
So Davis was forced to wait. And wait.
St. Andrews would contact Davis from time to time, but that was to request missing information from her application. As the start of the school year loomed, Davis figured her hopes of being accepted at St. Andrews were vanishing, so she was set to start the nursing program at RCC.
“Then I got the acceptance letter and I was really happy,” Davis said. “I just gave up on St. Andrews altogether. The day I got my acceptance letter, that next morning I was about to wake up and go take my Accuplacer test for RCC.”
Davis was able to sleep in and turned her attention to attending St. Andrews and talking to her former teammate.
“Summer said she was going to help me a lot and if I need anything just to text her,” Davis said. “She was like, ‘You can stay in my dorm whenever you want to.’ I said I probably will.”
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