Carroll County’s softball team continues to make school history as senior Gracie Davidson has become the first Cavalier selected to play in the Virginia High School Coaches Association (VHSCA) All-Star Softball game.
While Carroll County has sent multiple players to the state all-star volleyball game, Davidson is the first to play in the state softball all-star game. Of course, being a trendsetter is nothing new for Davidson, a member of the Cavaliers’ 2015 4A state softball championship team, the first team in school history to win a state title.
“It’s definitely a big honor,” Davidson said of the selection. “Coach (Rick) Nester called me during the season early on and he told me he nominated me and they looked through and they wanted me to play. At first I didn’t know what it was until he explained it to me and then I got very excited.”
Davidson will be reunited with four of her former travel ball teammates from the Virginia Extreme Force when she takes part in the VHSCA All-Star Softball game at Liberty University on July 12. It will be a bit of a second homecoming of sorts for Davidson, who played at Liberty’s Kamphuis Field when the Cavaliers won the state title last year. It will also happen in the same town where she will continue her softball career at Lynchburg College.
“I’m excited to play there again. I’m actually on my way home from Lynchburg right now,” Davidson said Tuesday in a phone interview. “I worked in their summer workouts and the strength trainer has sent us separate workouts also. She talked to me today about what she expects. She expects nothing less than the best effort. My talk with her was very meaningful. You could tell she wants you to be the best you can be and put forth everything you have.”
One needs to look no further than Davidson’s list of all-conference and all-region awards to realize her versatility and athleticism. A four-year starter, Davidson earned all-conference honors at three different positions – as a third baseman in 2016, a second baseman in 2015 and a pitcher in 2014. She earned all-region honors as a pitcher in 2013 and 2014 and all-region honors at third base in 2016. She is listed as a third baseman for the VHSCA All-Star game, although she was recruited to Lynchburg College as an outfielder and part-time pitcher.
“I don’t really care honestly as long as I am playing,” she said. “I am pretty sure they want me as an outfielder, but they have also told me to continue my pitching workouts. I definitely wouldn’t be a full game pitcher.”
Nester said Davidson will excel wherever she takes the field.
“She’s been a four-year starter for us at multiple positions – outfield, second, third, and pitcher. And she has done a great job at all those positions,” Nester said. “Each year she has moved up in the lineup in the batting order because her offense has increased every year. She’s done an excellent job for us, worked hard and been dedicated to the program. She will be hard to replace as a leader and a player and we hope her success continues on at Lynchburg.”
Davidson said many people are responsible for her successful career, both academically and athletically, especially her father Alvin Davidson.
“I don’t think I could have gotten here without all the help that I have had. Definitely my dad has been a big part of that,” Davidson said. “He started it and everybody else has helped me add to it, every one of my coaches.”