According to a North Greenville University statement released early on Thursday, Davis Heller, a former baseball infielder for Alabama, passed suddenly on Wednesday. Heller passed away in Tigerville, South Carolina, in his off-campus apartment. His death is thought to have been caused by natural causes, while an ongoing investigation is. Funeral planning is still in progress.
According to Landon Powell, the head coach of the NGU baseball team, “Our baseball programme is grieved over the loss of an incredible human being and brother in Christ.” Everywhere Davis went, he left his mark. A kind giant who smiled at everyone and continuously encouraged those around him. Davis is a shining example of a great teammate, and he has significantly impacted this program. A worthy rival but an even better friend to those who knew him.
The son of DJ and Melanie Heller, Davis James Heller was born on July 4, 2000. Jenna, Lindsey, and Brianna were his three sisters. Dad DJ played baseball for the University of the Pacific from 1986 through 1990. From 1987 through 1991, mother Melanie played volleyball for the University of the Pacific. Jenna, the sister, participates in volleyball at Pacific University.
Before entering his senior year at Gilbert Mesquite, the right-hander, who also played first base, was one of 11 area baseball players invited to the prestigious Area Code Baseball Games in Long Beach, California.
Then, as he entered his senior year, Heller, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound pitcher ranked No. 3 overall in Arizona by Perfect Game for 2019, struggled to find the plate with a fastball that reached a top speed of 93 miles per hour.
Before the 2021 season, Heller, a native of Gilbert, Arizona, transferred from South Mountain Community College to Alabama. Before getting injured and missing most of the season, he played in 15 games. He made eight appearances in 2022, batting.200 with a double, one RBI, a run, and two walks in eight games.
In 2021 and 2022, Heller was named to the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll.