To most spectators, Blake Davey appeared battered and bruised, maybe even defeated during his senior season on the Newport Harbor High baseball team.
But he proved to be a warrior for the Sailors. There were injuries that would cause many players to leave the game, Coach Patrick Murphy said. But Davey kept battling.
The catcher developed a rough and rugged persona. He was also the player who the Sailors wanted at the plate with the game on the line. That goes for offense and defense.
Blisters on both feet, a cut on his left index finger and a gash on his right throwing hand tested Davey's motivation. Davey brushed those injuries aside and helped the Sailors reach unprecedented heights.
He was the leader for Newport Harbor, which reached the CIF Southern Section playoffs for the first time in 20 years. He also provided the game-winning hit that gave the Sailors a 3-2 victory over Roosevelt in the wild-card round of the CIF Division I playoffs.