Rebel senior Laiken Davis going to miss friends, bond with teammates

Published 10:48 am Sunday, July 18, 2021

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Adams County Christian School senior Laiken Davis has played softball since she started playing tee-ball as a little girl. She is now two weeks away from starting her senior season.

“I’m excited to play, but I don’t want it to be like last season,” Davis said. “Last year, we had to deal with COVID and couldn’t play as much. Despite all of that, it was fun last season.”

This season will be the first year she has started as a pitcher. During the practices leading up to the season, she sees limited action on the mound as her teammates go through fielding drills.

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While she practices pitching once a week, she said she spends the rest of the week watching her teammates grow. Davis said she enjoys pitching, and she likes having fun with her friends. Davis also plays for a travel team called Nemesis in Laurel so she can practice there.

“We practice during the week, and we have tournaments during the weekends,” Davis said. “I usually can’t make it to practice because I work at the daycare at ACCS.”

Her senior year is her first year starting on varsity. Davis said she looks forward to senior night and playing with her friends Kate Parsons, Cameron Strittman, Phoebe Halle, Paris Harveston, and Ella Wilson.

“My goal is to succeed

and win games to enjoy it with my team,” Davis said.”I want to help my team out. It will be kind of sad. I’m going to miss it. I’m going to miss my friends and the bond we all have.”

Behind the plate is catcher Cameron Strittman. She has played on the same team with her for the past 12 years, she said.

“I have known Cameron since I started travel ball. We were six years old,” Davis said. “Pitching to her makes me a lot more comfortable. She has caught me a lot. She knows my pitches and knows everything I can do.”

After she graduates, she said she plans to become a game warden or a veterinarian. To pursue those careers, she is looking to study at Mississippi State University. She would like to play softball in college if possible. Until then, she is excited to play softball at the end of the month.

“I love animals and anything to do with them,” Davis said. “We had a long time off because of COVID, and I enjoyed getting back to softball.”