While high school athletics are put on hold during the coronavirus outbreak, our sports staff has created a daily installment called “Senior Spotlight,” which aims to honor some of the local senior athletes whose seasons have been interrupted. Here is our question-and-answer spotlight with John Cooper baseball player Tyler Douglas:

Question: When did you get interested in your sport? Was there somebody who introduced it to you?

Douglas: I got introduced to baseball in Bahrain when my dad put me in a tee-ball league because my best friend’s dad was the coach.

Q: What is your favorite part of your sport?

Douglas: My favorite part of baseball is hitting, I love attacking early in the count and doing damage, theirs nothing more rewarding than coming in clutch with a big hit for your team.

Q: What is your greatest memory from your childhood with the sport?

Douglas: My favorite childhood memory was playing in the Asia Pacific Little League World Series regionals for Dubai in the Philippines.

Q: What is your greatest memory in high school with the sport?

Douglas: My favorite memory recent memory in baseball was hitting a walk-off home run to win a tournament this summer with my travel team. And in high school, hitting over .500 in Florida against the top public and private schools.

Q: What person has had the greatest impact on your athletic career?

Douglas: My dad has had the biggest impact on my baseball career. Growing up overseas in the Middle East, he would drive me over an hour every day to play games and to practice, and would pay for trips to places in Asia and to Australia and the U.S. to seek better competition.

Q: After a hard day of practice or after a game, what is your go-to food or drink to replenish and why?

Douglas: A protein shake and some steak and rice, to replenish and keep my weight up during season, which is hard to do when your playing 4-5 times a week.

Q: What athlete do you want to meet and why?

Douglas: I want to meet Mike Trout because his mix of speed and power is what I want to model my game after.

Q: Who’s the most famous athlete you have met? What was the experience was like?

Douglas: The most famous athlete I have met is Nelson Cruz, and it was awesome as he was one of my role models when he played on the Rangers.

Q: What are your plans for after college? Will you continue playing your sport? What do you plan on studying?

Douglas: I am continuing my baseball career at Davidson College, a small DI in North Carolina that is a great academic school. My major is undecided, but I have plans on either Pershing communication or business.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10-15 years?

Douglas: I hopefully see myself playing pro ball, pursuing my dream or working hard in whatever I’m doing.

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