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High school softball: Community Christian makes softball playoff debut Thursday

The Royals are in the postseason, even though they had to recruit players from the cheer squad
by Ryan Aber Published: September 19, 2012

It's also opened her eyes to what she'd like to do in the future. Davidson, who has committed to Oklahoma Christian, wants to coach softball.

She's getting some experience this year, as she helps coach the CCS junior high softball team.

“She's just one of those really rare kids,” Rayburn said. “Every kid in the school likes her and looks up to her.”

Davidson is enjoying the experience, even if it keeps her busy as she bounces between playing and coaching.

“It's exciting getting to know all the girls and seeing them grow as people and players,” Davidson said.

Davidson's mother, Twana, was a regular fixture at the CCS softball field since her girls came to the school.

Twana battled cancer for several years. She died in April, right in the middle of slowpitch season.

The girls played in a game two days after their mother's death and then a day after her funeral.

Niki never considered skipping out.

“It's definitely been really rough,” Davidson said. “She always told me to do my best and help others as much as I could. I'm really blessed to have these girls around me and the rest of the people at CCS to help me through.”

Davidson also gives plenty of credit to her dad, Shane, for helping her through it.

“We're really similar in our personalities,” she said. “It's definitely been a blessing to have him and his guidance. Without him, I can't imagine how tough it would've been.”