Amaia Daniel, an incoming freshman at Delaware Hayes High School, has been selected to compete in the Queen of Diamonds Showcase South (QDSS) August 30-31 at Winthrop University.
The event, now in its eighth season, is part of the Queen of Diamonds Showcase — the largest fastpitch softball showcase of its kind in the U.S.
Daniel, who spent most of her time catching or playing third base in recent years as a standout in summer travel leagues, was among more than 1,500 applicants who were whittled down to less than 300 to make the final cut. The showcase is unique in that athletes actually apply individually and are selected based on criteria ranging from ability, potential, academics, grad year, and coach requests and referrals.
This event continues to attract athletes from 21-plus states and two Canadian Provinces. Its’ big sister showcase, the Queen of Diamonds North, is in its 19th season.
Daniel is the daughter of Amanda and David Daniel Jr. of Delaware. She’s participated in travel softball for each of the last five seasons, most recently playing summer ball for the Ohio Classics ‘00 (14U) fastpitch team out of Pickerington.