Mikayleigh Davis has been adjusting to two new roles as a senior this season for the Greenwood Lady Bulldogs.
Davis, who has been a starter for the Lady Bulldogs since her freshman season, moved from second base to shortstop. She has also moved up in the batting order, from second to the lead-off position.
So far, Davis has adjusted to the lead-off role nicely. A signee with Central Baptist College in Conway, Davis is batting .329 with 11 RBIs and also leads the team in stolen bases (10) and runs scored (24).
Greenwood (20-5) has won 10 straight games as the Lady Bulldogs go into the 6A State Tournament later this week in Sheridan, aiming to repeat last season’s 6A championship. The Lady Bulldogs, the top 6A seed from the 7A/6A-Central, will play their first game Friday in the state quarterfinals. Here is a Q&A with Davis:
Q: Having won the state title last season, what was it like this season being the proverbial hunted instead of being the hunters?
A: It was pretty tough, but I think we’re pretty confident coming in. Now that we have a state title to defend, we’ve worked harder than we’ve ever been to make sure we defend our title.
Q: Did you feel any extra pressure knowing that other teams were wanting to beat the Lady Bulldogs?
A: I felt like we had to work a little harder. … We were pretty confident in all of our games, we just kept working hard in practices and in our games.
Q: A turning point for this team may have been a home loss last month to Siloam Springs. What did that do for the ballclub losing to Siloam (since that loss, Greenwood has won 10 straight)?
A: I think it showed us that not everything comes easy, that we have to work for it. We can’t just go out there thinking we’re going to win, it’s a game and you have to work as hard as you can in every game, no matter what team it is.
Q: You’re playing shortstop this year, moving from second, and you’re batting in the lead-off position. How has that been working for you so far?
A: I’ve always been pretty comfortable in the infield wherever I was at, so moving to a new position really wasn’t a big change for me. Then batting lead-off, between summer teams and school ball, I’ve always been somewhere up at the top (of the lineup), so I was pretty comfortable being up there and being in a new position.
Q: What is it like having a pitcher like Victoria Taylor (who has recorded seven no-hitters this season), how beneficial is it to have her and does it kind of take a little pressure off of you and your fellow fielders?
A: It definitely takes a lot of pressure off of us, but you never know when somebody’s going to get a hit and when you’re going to have to be ready. But it does take a little bit of pressure off knowing that she has our backs.
Q: Now that the state tournament is finally here, has it been a long wait (throughout the regular season) for you and the team to make it back to this point?
A: We’ve been ready for it, and I think we’re going to do really good again this year, at least we hope so, so we’re going to keep working hard for it.
Q: What do you think is going to be the key to win state again?
A: Us working together as a team, and just not giving up, and keep working hard and giving it all you’ve got.
Q: What else did you learn from winning the championship last year that you’ve applied over to this season?
A: That your hard work pays off.
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