Nike once had a promotion that read FULL SPEED TOWARDS WHATEVER. Such is the case for senior Hawks Baseball player Noah Davis who has spent the last two weeks getting acclimated to baseball immediately after coming out of a successful basketball season.
Davis has been involved in baseball since a very young age. “I have loved the game since I was five years old, and it has been a part of my whole life.”
Davis considers himself focused when it comes to competing, but off the field he is a typical teenager. “On the field I’m very competitive and very locked in. I love playing and competing with my teammates and being able to bring my best every game. Off the field I would say I’m an outgoing person, I like to go out and hang with friends from the baseball or basketball team or school in general. Most of my hobbies and interests revolve around sports. When I have some free time I’ll try go fishing or just hang with friends.
The Hawks Baseball team experienced a magical run last season capturing its third regional title, and Davis was a key to the success. “We had a very special team last year. We were all really close as a team, each guy wanted to compete and play every game. No one wanted to lose and that mentality carried us throughout the season and helped us win the Region. It’s something that I will always remember.
Former Head Coach Eric Allen speaks highly of Davis. “Noah was a game changer last baseball season. He embraced the role of a starting pitcher and went through the 2nd half of the season almost un-hittable. As a position player Noah was equally as valuable. He developed into a terrific center fielder and had the versatility to relieve us at shortstop and 2nd base early in the year when Dalton was having some arm issues. Offensively, Noah was a little streaky early in the year but he caught fire in the postseason! He hit a homer in both the district, and region championship games. In the region semifinals we basically walked off on the speed of Noah and Bryson. He had a great year and a magical postseason. Noah is a great all-round baseball player and I’m really looking forward to seeing him compete this season.”
Davis has high expectations coming off a great junior season. “As an individual I want to have the best season I’ve ever had. My main goals are having a 1.0 ERA or less, bat .500 and have 30 stolen bases. As a team my expectations are for us to win the district championship and to get back in region tournament and compete for another championship.”
Davis batted .386 last year, with 34 hits (14 doubles, 3 triples, and 3 home runs), scoring 35 runs, and 25 runs batted in. He also stole 12 bases for the Hawks. On the mound he went 4-1 in 39.66 innings with a 1.23 ERA and 53 strikeouts.
Davis will be under new leadership as Head Coach Chase Greenwell takes over the program. “Coach Greenwell has been a great hire. I love his attitude and how he goes about practice and games. He wants us to get better every game and is very detailed oriented. He’s a player’s coach and connects with all the guys and I feel like he’s been a great fit for the program. He does a great job with all the guys and tells them specifically what they need to improve on and off the field.”
Greenwell speaks highly of Davis and is expecting him to take advantage and improve on the current skillset that Noah possess already. “Noah has a lot of upside and potential as a baseball player, which is one of the reasons he is going to play at the University of the Cumberland’s. We look to maximize his talents on defense as a pitcher and outfielder, as well as on the offensive end. Noah can steal bases, hit for average and has shown some pop in his bat. We are also looking for Noah to handle the bat and be able to hit in all situations.”
Greenwell adds, “I expect Noah to not only have a big year for us offensively and defensively, but I also look for him to be a leader for the guys on the team.”