2020’s Alexis Larrow pattern her powerful approach after Lauren Chamberlain | Youth1

2020’s Alexis Larrow pattern her powerful approach after Lauren Chamberlain

Alexis Larrow is one of the best softball players from the Atlanta, GA area in the Class of 2020.

 

The 5-foot-5, 170-pound Larrow, who attends Whitewater High School, is a dynamic first baseman and third baseman.

 

 

During her outstanding youth softball career, Larrow has already received plenty of recognition, such as: 1st-Team All-Region (sophomore and junior year), Scholar Athlete (sophomore and junior year), Most Improved Player (sophomore year) and All-County Team (sophomore and junior year).

 

Larrow is humbled for the opportunities to showcase her skills.

 

“This summer I was chosen to play for Great Britain since I am a dual citizen and I got to participate in the European Championship in Italy and in the London Cup. It was so fun to get to represent my country and compete with talented players from all over Europe who are also on these Junior Olympic teams representing their countries,” Larrow said. “It’s really amazing to see the different type of players and teams and how they work. Going into it I wasn’t really sure what to expect but when competing it was amazing to see how great some of those players were. Also while I was there I got to work with local children in Italy.”

 

No matter the opponent, on each play Larrow is determined to give it her all.

 

Larrow is going all out.

 

The motor is always at full throttle whenever Larrow steps between the lines.

 

“My mindset at my positions is to go all out every pitch. I always want my pitcher to know I have her back so if that means diving even when I can’t get to a ball I’ll do it to build trust and show my teammates I got their back,” Larrow said. “I also try being the loudest on the field to keep my pitcher up and the rest of the defense.”

 

Larrow has great passion and energy whenever she’s on the diamond. Larrow tells why she enjoys the game of softball so much.

 

“I love getting to meet new people and make friendships through playing. These lifelong friendships mean the world to me and getting to support each other on and off the field is an important aspect to me,” Larrow said. “Seeing the unity on the field created by these bonds really makes a team and performing as a well oiled unit is awesome to watch even if it’s an opposing team. The little things like this and being in the batter’s box and producing for your team is what makes me love the game.”

 

Larrow has learned many valuable lessons from playing softball that she applies to her everyday life.

 

The main one is applying perspective to all situations.

 

“Playing has taught me to be a supportive and positive person to all people I encounter in life,” Larrow said. “It has also taught me to give back to the younger players and work as a unit. All sports are very impactful and teach us some of the best life lessons.”

 

Larrow recalls her favorite softball memory.

 

“My favorite memory was definitely getting to play in Europe for my country. Since my mom was born in England and most all of my family is from there it gave me the chance to get citizenship. We went through the selection process and also had to get my passport/citizenship but it only made it more exciting. When we got there we trained for about a week then played for two. We stayed with only our teammates for three weeks and worked very hard together as a unit. This experience gave me life long friends I still talk to every day,” Larrow said. “It also opened my eyes to how beautiful the game is especially on the international level as everyone is going all out to represent their nation. When playing in the European championship I meant the world to me to get to represent my country and my families country and it was a great honor I’ll never forget.”

 

Robert Townsend has coached Larrow for four years at Whitewater High School.

 

Townsend explains the best parts of Larrow’s game.

 

“I have coached her for four years. She is a junior this year,” Townsend said. “She is a power hitter that the opposing team has to be aware of at all times. She’s a threat every time she steps on the field.”

 

Larrow takes her role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Larrow makes sure she’s a daily positive influence on her peers.

 

“I am always cheering everyone on no matter the role I’m given that game. If I’m on the field, on the bench, or just hitting that game I always make sure to be the loudest I can to keep my teammates up. Being a positive and loud teammate means a lot to me as it keeps the energy up and boosts the team,” Larrow said. “The best advice I’ve given to a teammate was probably telling them to stop stressing and just get lost in the game. An important person to me once said this and ever since it’s been very impactful to me and my teammates. Sometimes we can get caught up in recruiting and just overall performing well but sometimes taking a step back and playing the game out of the love you got for it as a kid makes you not only play better but reminds you of where you started from.”

 

Townsend adds that Larrow is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.

 

“She leads both verbally and by example,” Townsend said. “That attitude has a contagious effect on the team.”

 

Larrow is appreciative of having amazing role models that are supportive.

 

“I’ve learned being a good teammate comes before all. Between cheering no matter the role you are given that game or diving for balls up the middle. Going the extra mile to build this trust and bond with your teammates reflects on your character and is seen through these actions,” Larrow said. “The best advice I have been given is to get lost in the game. Especially as an uncommitted junior sometimes you can get caught up in the recruiting process but when my coach told me to get lost in the game it was a snap back to reality and reminded me why I really love softball.”

 

Townsend is an advocate of Larrow’s capabilities.

 

“She has been First-Team All-County and All-Region for the past 2 years,” Townsend said. “We wouldn’t have had the type of season we did without her contributions.”

 

In addition to making clutch plays, Larrow also has a high level of softball IQ as well.

 

Larrow has excellent awareness that puts her in position to thrive.

 

“She is a very smart softball player that understands the fundamentals of the game,” Townsend said. “She studies the game and is able to recognize the tendencies of the opponent and how to use that to her team’s advantage.”

 

Larrow is on the grind to perfect and hone her craft in any way possible.

 

“She is very hard working and wants to do the best she can all the time. She stays after practice all the time to get better,” Townsend said. “She also played on the Great Britain softball team this past summer.”

 

Larrow patterns her style of play after this athlete.

 

“I really look up to Lauren Chamberlain. I’ve met her several times and she’s such a fun and exciting player to watch. Being such an amazing hitter she was very influential on me since hitting is my favorite part of the game,” Larrow said. “Her positive outlook and determination really inspired me to work hard from a young age.”

 

Larrow is constantly striving for greatness in everything that she does.

 

“My goal is to be a positive role model and teammate. I want to be impactful in life on and off the field and spread joy to others,” Larrow said. “From my future work to helping little kids practices now. I always hope I can spread a little joy into someone’s life.”

 

Larrow explains her collegiate aspirations.

 

“I’m really open to anywhere but I think it would be awesome to play at Georgia Tech,” Larrow said. “My sister just graduated from there.”

 

Larrow lists world history as her favorite subject in school.

 

“I think it’s so neat to be able to learn about different culture and immerse yourself into the worlds changes that has made it into what it is today,” Larrow said.

 

Townsend believes the sky is the limit as long as Larrow continues to stay hungry.  

 

“She is a team player never complains about anything and just does a great job,” Townsend said. “She has the skills to play on the next level. I think she can accomplish all of her dreams and I look forward to witnessing her having a special career.”

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