Prep Spotlight: Cara Davis
The Daily Reflector
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Cara Davis is one of seven seniors on D.H. Conley’s softball team and is The Daily Reflector’s defending hitter of the year. The Vikings’ outfielder and UNC Pembroke signee chatted with Reflector prep sports beat writer Jordan Anders this week to discuss DHC’s 4-0 start to the year and her role on the team.
Q: Before we get to this season, tell me when you started playing softball.
A: About when I was 7.
Q: What got you into playing it?
A: Pretty much just my parents and my friends. We started this group, and they knew each other and we knew each other, so we just decided “OK, we can start this team,” so we did.
Q: Did you play any other sports growing up?
A: I played basketball when I was little, but that never really took off anywhere. [laughs]
Q: What was it about softball that kept you playing it all these years?
A: I think it’s just how it’s a team sport. I mean, yeah, you have to focus on yourself and you’re competing, but I like that you have a team and you compete against another team. I like the competition of it.
Q: You’re part of a core group of seniors on this team that has played together nearly your entire life through school and travel ball. How much fun has it been to make that journey with those girls?
A: It’s been awesome. I mean, yeah, we’ve had our fights because we’re girls and we’re going to have our fights, but we’re really close and we’re close during (the season with) Conley because we’re playing for a real purpose here. Even for travel ball, we room together, stay together, play together. It’s been fun.
Q: You guys are 4-0 so far this season. It’s still early, but what’s your feeling about the way you and your teammates are performing thus far?
A: I think we’re really tight. We really work well together, and everyone talks and has good communication. When something is wrong, we fix it immediately and we’re back on it. Everything is good. We just really work well together.
Q: You do a lot for this team at the plate and also playing center field. What do you feel like your most important role on this team is?
A: I think it is hitting and baserunning. In our last game, I got walked four times and scored four times, so that’s really a big deal. In the outfield, center field is the taker of all so you have to focus on making sure everyone is where they need to be, making sure the outfield is in on slappers and out on big hitters, but I think the hitting overall has been a really big deal for all of us.
Q: So what is it that makes you such a good hitter?
A: Well, I’m very picky about what I like to hit, so I wait for my pitch. I think that’s pretty much it. Pitch selection is really key.
Q: Conley is ranked No. 19 in MaxPreps’ national rankings this week. Do you and your teammates pay attention to that stuff or try to ignore it?
A: I think we think about it. We see it on Twitter and Instagram, all this cool stuff is happening and people notice us. We like that, it’s a big deal for us, but we still try to focus on the games and not let it get to peoples’ heads.
Q: Let’s wrap this up off the diamond. You mentioned playing basketball growing up. If you couldn’t play softball, is there another sport you think you would have played here?
A: I really don’t know. I mean, I love to run so I think I would’ve done something that incorporated running. Baserunning for me is like heaven on Earth, so I think I would’ve gotten into running somehow.
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