Webster County talent found on NEMCABB All-Star rosters

Staff Writer

Harnessing the demands of being a student athlete can be a taxing process but Mari-Todd Brown and Jessica Davis had made it look easy in their careers at East Webster.

Just last week, the two were representing their class as Valedictorian and Salutatorian respectively. On June 7, they’ll be representing the Lady Wolverines one final time in the Northeast Mississippi Coaches Association for Better Baseball All-Star games in Saltillo.

Davis has been selected to numerous all-star lists and was a Starkville Daily Player of the Year in her career. Brown earned All-Area multiple times in her career as well and finished with a 4.03 cumulative GPA with a 30 on her ACT.  

The accolades that both accumulated throughout their careers were the results of many days and nights of hard work.

“We spent a lot of time studying on bus rides and going straight to homework after practice,” Brown said. “We both took college courses so we had papers to write and tests to take. It’s cool that we can both say that we played softball and basketball and got it done in the classroom as well.”

High school is over for the two, but they’re going to get their chance for a final softball game in two weeks. Brown will take part in the slow pitch game that day with Davis playing fast pitch.

Davis will be teammates with Eupora's Delta Claire Newman on the Gold Fast Pitch roster, while Brown will be on the Red Slow Pitch team. Eupora's Savannah Kilpatrick will play on the Grey Slow Pitch squad and Amir Hunt of the Lady Eagles will be the coach.

While Davis still has much softball ahead of her in her career at Itawamba Community College, this will be the last hoorah with the Lady Wolverines. She plans to represent them in style.

“I’m excited to wear the East Webster uniform one more time,” Davis said. “A lot of these girls on this team have played with me before in travel ball and things like that so it’s going to be pretty cool to play with them.
“As far as my career in East Webster, though, it was humbling to play here because not many people get a chance to win one state championship and I have five. I’m very thankful for the time at East Webster and for coach (Lee) Berryhill and everything that he and the school has done for me.”

Berryhill returns the sentiments to his former star hitters and he’s going to be there to watch both of them wear their uniforms one final time.

The hard work that they both put in during their careers were noticed by their head coach. He said that this final accolade is something that couldn’t be more deserved and their leadership will be as missed as their talents.

“They showed the younger girls how everything is done,” Berryhill said. “I’m proud for those two girls to put on our uniform one more time and represent us. It gives them another chance to play the game and it also is a great representation for who we are.”