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PREP SPOTLIGHT: Cam Jackson

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Cam Jackson runs to third base as Chandler Baldree (#4) prepares to run to home base during a game against Whiteville on Tuesday.

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, April 25, 2019

D.H. Conley senior outfielder Cam Jackson is known for his speed and his high-flying catches. Jackson, a Pitt Community College commit, is nearing the end of his high school career and is looking to walk off with a state title. Preps beat writer Jake Keator spoke with Jackson about his commitment, playing in the outfield and his memories as a member of the Vikings. 

Q: How did you get started playing baseball?

A: “My dad was the real reason I started. At a young age, around four, I started playing tee-ball and machine pitch. I just worked my way up from there to where I am now.”

Q: What has it been like playing with Conley for four years?

A: “It’s been crazy. Baseball is year-round for us. We don’t stop. In the winter, when it’s 30 degrees, we’re doing workouts no matter what. We’re always working.”

Q: What skills do you need in order to be an elite outfielder?

A: “It’s basically just practice reps. With our pitching, we don’t really see too much action in the outfield because they are usually striking someone out or getting ground balls, but we always have to be ready. When we take batting practice, those are our game reps, so that’s where we get our practice reps from.”

Q: What would you say is the best part of your game?

A: “I like to say I’m more of an all-around outfielder. I don’t try to be one-dimensional because our team needs more than a specialist.”

Q: You committed to PCC early in the season. What did that mean to you?

A: “That has been a big part of my success so far. On my summer team, a lot of the guys I play with had already committed, so I was kind of down. I never stopped working and was blessed with the opportunity to play at PCC, and I’m thankful they believe in me and allow me to play how I want to play. It’s great.”

Q: What will you miss most about high school once you graduate?

A: “Just the competitiveness, and the bond with my teammates. I’ve played with these guys since I was five, and it’s been a crazy ride. I’m gonna miss playing with them.”

Q: Your team swept Rose in two close and exciting games. How do you feel about being able to defeat them in your final season?

A: “We looked at those two games as soon as the schedule came out. We went out and tried to sweep them. It’s also fun because some of those guys are our friends. It’s really competitive.”

Q: What advice would you give to a younger athlete who wants to become an outfielder? 

A: “No matter what people say, whether they are doubting or believing in you, you always have to work. Game success comes from practice reps, that’s a phrase I live by.” 

Contact Jake Keator at jkeator@reflector.com, 252-329-9594 and follow @JakeKeatorDR on Twitter.

Rosewood 13, TEACH 1

TEACH couldn’t find much offense against Rosewood Tuesday in the finale of the Golden Leaf Invitational in Wilson.

Nick Jones scored the lone run for TEACH, with Jacob Whitesell picking up the RBI. 

SOCCER

Cary Christian 5, Parrott Academy 2 

APA fell in its first game back from the holiday break to Cary Christian Tuesday. 

Kaitlyn Iannace and Sophia Melk scored for the Patriots, with Alex Melk recording the team’s only assist. Ele Wooten made eight saves in goal.

FRESHMAN BASEBALL

D.H. Conley 9, Bunn 8

DHC’s freshman defeated Bunn via walk-off Tuesday, claiming the 2019 Riverside Freshman baseball tournament crown.

Evan Bridges, Spencer Bradley, Thomas Barrett and Grant Whichard all had multiple hits for the Vikings.

Damien Bradshaw picked up the win, allowing six hits and three runs, striking out four batters.

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