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Athlete spotlight: Joseph Davila and Jonas Maxey

Two freshmen forge friendship on and off the field
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Mallory Friesen
Joseph Davila Pitches during game

Joseph Davila, 27’, and Jonas Maxey, 27’, walk out of the dugout pumped for their game. As they warm up with practice pitches and throws to first base, they prepare their minds for a tough game.

Jonas Maxey Batting (Mallory Friesen)

Maxey has been playing baseball for as long as he can remember. From playing catch with his dad when he was little, to cheering for the San Francisco Giants, to now being a pitcher for Fresno Christian Schools, Maxey is a baseball enthusiast. He loves baseball because he gets to build friendships with his teammates.

“I feel like it’s a really strong group of teammates,” Maxey said.

Davila is one of those teammates who has become a close friend. Davila plays first base, pitcher, outfield and third base when needed. His favorite thing to do in baseball is hitting. Even though Davila is a freshman, he is the starting first baseman.

“Jonas is and probably will always be my throwing partner for baseball, and because of that we gotten to know each other a lot more,” Davila said.

Davila is planning to play all four years of high school.

Baseball Coach Noah Heinz has known Maxey and Davila several years since he was also their middle school science teacher. Heinz knew the duo would be a good addition to the team.

Joseph Davila and coach cheering (Mallory Friesen)

“Individually and together they make a great team,” Heinz said.  “I had them both in middle school as their science teacher and they both have great personalities. Their relationship definitely pays well and they have fun together on and off the baseball field.”

Heinz says Maxey has been a “dependable arm out of our bullpen,” pitching quite a bit for a freshman. He likes the way Maxey takes on the challenges and faces some of the best hitters from each of the teams we played this year.

Davila and Maxey both lead the team in different ways. Davila helps lead with his hitting and RBI’s. His team mates notice that he supports them and is always cheering them on. Maxey helps lead with pitching and has really good energy during the game. They have helped the team many ways and will continue to help in the coming years.

Maxey wants to become a better pitcher and player. He thinks that the mentality of baseball has changed since he was in middle school. The team knows when to get serious and when to stop joking but when they were in middle school they didn’t have as much discipline as they do now.

Davila and Maxey are finishing out their first high school season with a 11-18 record. Now they have forged new memories and anticipate another great season next year.

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Erin Poudrier
Erin Poudrier, Journalist
Erin Poudrier is a freshman,  who is new to The Feather. Poudrier loves playing volleyball for Fresno Christian. She plays acoustic and electric guitar. You might find Erin in the kitchen crafting a layered cake. She hopes to learn how to write and post articles for The Feather.
Selah Neal
Selah Neal, Photojournalist
Selah Neal is a freshman, and this is her first year on The Feather. Neal is eager to develop skills in the art of photography that she can carry with her into the future. She enjoys snacking, kayaking, and horseback riding. Selah hopes to keep her straight-A’s this year and have a few adventures along the way.
Mallory Friesen
Mallory Friesen, Photo Editor
Mallory Friesen returns to The Feather for her second year as a photojournalist hoping to improve her skills. As a ‘lifer’ at Fresno Christian, you can find her on the soccer field or cheer mat. Friesen hopes to attend college and continue her creativity by traveling the world and using her photography skills. 
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