Alexis “Bam” Larrow is bringing some international flavor back to the Whitewater Wildcats softball team.
Fresh off playing for the Great Britain Under-19 team in the London Cup and the European Softball Championship games in Italy, Larrow is back to start her junior season for the Lady Wildcats with a renewed energy and focus.
“The opportunity to represent a country was such an honor and so rewarding, and I could not be more grateful for the experience,” Larrow said.
Larrow helped lead Great Britain to the London Cup championship with superb play on the diamond. She played first base and had a 1.000 fielding percentage in the tournament. She also left her mark at the plate with a .400 on-base percentage.
Larrow wasn’t done. She went on to help Great Britain finish sixth out of 17 teams in the European Softball Games.
“We understand that we are representing something so much bigger than ourselves and our team each time we put that jersey on our backs,” Larrow said. “We are representing an entire country of people who are counting on us.”
On her journey, Larrow played with a lot of college athletes, including Whitewater alum Lauren King. As one of the youngest on the team, she learned a lot from her teammates. With an eye on the 2020 Olympics, when softball makes a return, she hopes she will be able to contribute against girls over the world.
“I hope that softball continues to grow around the world, allowing more girls like me who fell in love with this amazing game at such a young age to travel the world,” Larrow said.
The trip wasn’t just filled with on-field action. One of Larrow’s favorite parts was being able to give back to the sport she always loved. She continued that tradition by being a great ambassador for the game and working with local youth.
“It’s cool to see different cultures, meet amazing people, and create deep relations that develop strong women who can give back to their community,” Larrow said. “We were very fortunate in Italy to be able to work with the youth. That is something that is very special to me and will stay with me for the rest of my life.”
With the season starting, Larrow is appreciative of the everyone who supported her journey. Now she is ready to help Whitewater reclaim Region 3 AAAAA success.
“Representing my country has been the greatest honor that I will carry with me,” Larrow said. “To everyone who has been by my side supporting me – my family, my coaches, my teammates, my friends, none of this would be possible without you.”
The season has already started strong. The Wildcats recorded wins against Lovejoy, Fayette County, and McIntosh. They have outscored both opponents by a 46-4 margin in the victories. With Bam bringing the lumber, Whitewater will be a force to be reckoned with all year long.