By Sydney Spencer
Two former Whitewater High School softball players from Fayetteville got the opportunity to play for Great Britain’s Under 22 league during the July 4 weekend.
Alexis “Bam” Larrow and Lauren King played for the Great Britain team where they both displayed a remarkable representation of Fayetteville talent.
When asked how their time at Whitewater shaped their softball careers for the future, they both revealed they enjoyed their experience and were properly prepared.
“I started playing softball when I was 7 and it was great. I played varsity all four years and when I was in eighth grade, I played up and played for the JV team,” said Larrow. “I really enjoyed my time at Whitewater.”
King said she started playing around the same age.
“I think I was 7 when I started playing. I started playing because I used to be in Girl Scouts and we had a club team,” said King. “My passion for it kept growing as I played and my parents were a big influence in how far I got and supporting me the whole way.”
After graduating high school, both players continued their careers at Division 1 institutions with Larrow at Furman University and King at Georgia Military College (GMC) and Winthrop University.
Larrow will be returning to the diamond as a red-shirt sophomore, while King graduated and finished her softball career at Winthrop University.
“I am going into my junior year, but I am technically a red-shirt sophomore, because I had back surgery my freshman year due to softball,” said Larrow. “It was really tough, because I was out for about 18 months. I just got released this January to play again, so I am kind of getting back on my feet.”
King said she enjoyed taking on more of a leadership role during her final year of college ball.
“It was great, but we had a lot of growing pains. A lot of our seniors from the previous year graduated, so I was the only true senior on the team my last year,” said King. “That was a lot of responsibility, but it was great and I loved it. I’m grateful I had the experience.”
Both have played for Great Britain’s Under 22 softball team for a couple years before the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered sports play for a while and affected international travel. With prior experience to international play before this year, both women were excited and grateful for the opportunity to play.
“I played for Great Britain when I was still at Whitewater,” said Larrow. “When I first played international softball, it was not what I expected. The competition was just as good, if not better, than here in the United States. Playing for as long as I have, I wasn’t nervous. I was just excited and prepared.”
King took her first swings with the international team about five years ago.
“I have been playing with Great Britain since 2017, which was right after I graduated from Whitewater,” said King. “I went and played with them over the summer in Florida at the Junior World Championships, so that was eye-opening getting to experience so many games against all these countries you wouldn’t normally think of.”
During this year’s games, both Larrow and King had stellar performances in helping lead their teams to victories. Larrow and King had long balls and King had a two-run home run with no one out in the bottom of the fourth inning in a game against Sweden which ended the game on a mercy rule.
Softball will always be close when the future comes along proclaimed both Larrow and King.
“I hope to continue playing with the Great Britain team, but I also want to stay a part of the softball community as I get older,” said Larrow. “It’s something that means a lot to me, so I would love to keep it involved in my future.”
King said she would also like to stay involved with the sport and athletics in general.
“Since it’s been something that I did pretty much every day for most of my life, I realize that I still want to work in athletics,” said King. “I’m going to take a semester off and go to grad school in the fall. Ultimately, I want to do strength and conditioning since I am an exercise science major. I want to go to grad school and get my master’s and hopefully be able to work with sports like softball. My strength and conditioning coaches had a really big impact on me and how I perceived myself outside of softball, so I want to be able to do that with other players.”