There is a methodical approach to everything Chase Davidson does. Combining that mindset, in the classroom and on the diamond, has allowed the 18-year-old south paw pitcher from Sudbury to reach a goal he thought improbable just a few years ago.
This past week, Davidson signed a "National Letter of Intent" to join the West Virginia University Tech Golden Bears beginning in the fall of 2014.
"I'm not a guy whose going to go out there and throw 90, 95 MPH and start blowing everybody away," said Davidson at the official signing Thursday afternoon at Skaters Edge Source for Sports. "For me, it's about being consistent in everything I do, being accurate in my spots and being smart.
“There is a difference between throwing and pitching."
Playing in Sudbury through his early baseball days, the Lasalle Secondary senior eventually hooked up with the Oakville Royals of the Premier Baseball League of Ontario.
"Going down south, it gets you that look that you're not going to get in Sudbury," Davidson said. "Getting that development, that harder competition to play with, that was key."
Happy just to get the call from West Virginia University Tech coach Lawrence Nesselrodt about the commitment the Golden Bears were prepared to make in their Northern Ontario pitching prospect, Davidson is prepared to tackle whatever role he is assigned.
Still, there is a fit that seems better than most.
"I think that my preference would be starting (pitching)," he said. "I like pacing myself, going through the batting order more than once. I just have that kind of mentality."
A long-time fan of Roy Halladay, Davidson sticks to the Blue Jays in finding a current poster child of the pitcher he dreams of becoming.
"Someone I look up to now is Mark Buerhle," he stated. "The guy is out there throwing 84 miles an hour, hitting the corners, and nobody can touch him. It's not all about what the reading on the (radar) gun says."
A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, West Virginia University Tech belongs to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association conference, a grouping that includes no less than 37 institutions competing in baseball.
Teams are dispersed throughout the states of New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio, as well as the Virginias, with the Golden Bears beginning spring season play in late February, continuing right through until early May.
Davidson plans to compete in the PBLO through the summer of 2014, before embarking on his new career in Montgomery, West Virginia, a town of a little more than 1,500 citizens located along the Kanawha River.