Davis’s heroics put her on the cover of Sports Illustrated and the guest list of late-night television shows.
I spoke to Davis recently when she was in Washington to visit the Library of Congress’s “Baseball Americana” exhibit. She had interesting things to say about sports, friends and fun.
Question: When did you start playing sports?
Answer: I started playing organized sports at 7 years old. I played basketball, baseball and soccer. I was the only girl on my baseball team and had a hot-pink glove.
Q: Which was your favorite sport?
A: Basketball. I had an older brother, and I would follow whatever he did and he liked basketball. I enjoyed baseball, but it wasn’t my favorite.
Q: When did you discover you were good at pitching?
A: I started pitching at 9 years old. The first batter I faced hit a home run. I didn’t like that. So I practiced at a nearby field. When I was around 11, my coach taught me to throw a curveball the right way so it doesn’t hurt your arm. Then I started helping my team.
Q: What was the best part of the 2014 Little League World Series for you?
A: Going to the recreation room and meeting all the players from all over the world, hanging out and playing Ping-Pong. One night we played dodge ball with squishy tennis balls. That was really fun.
Q: Did you keep playing baseball?
A: I played one year in high school but didn’t get many opportunities to pitch, so I switched to softball. [Davis still pitches for a travel baseball team.]
Q: How did you like softball?
A: I had a great experience playing softball. We won our conference twice and the state tournament once. But most important, we had great chemistry on the teams.
Q: Did you also continue to play basketball?
A: I played point guard in high school. I was usually the smallest kid on the court. [Davis is 5-foot-4, the same height she was in 2014.] We had a great group of girls. My last two years playing basketball may have been the most fun even though we did not win many games.
Q: What are you doing now?
A: I am preparing to go to Hampton University on a softball scholarship and study communications.
Q: What advice would you give to kids playing sports?
A: Keep having fun. Find a sport and a core group of friends, work hard and have fun with it. These days, a lot of people can take the fun away.