Grove Dental Associates 250

By Chandler Vessels

Lauren Outhier is thankful to have her senior season. The Grove softball player has been playing with some of her current teammates dating back to fourth grade, dreaming of this year. “This is what we’ve been waiting for for years,” she said. “To be the leaders of the team. To be seniors. It was a huge deal [to play the season].”

Coming off a 21-8 season a year ago, Grove has aspirations for a deep playoff run. Outhier has been working diligently leading up to this season to improve upon last year. She hopes her final year at Grove can be her best yet. “I’d like to try and do the same or better on my batting average,” she said. “I’d also like to improve my fielding.”

In addition to softball, Outhier is involved in National Honor Society and is the treasurer for student council. She is also active in community service, participating in several events that raise money for nonprofit charities.

One such event that has been held in Grove the past two years has been deemed “donkey basketball.” Donkeys are rented for members of the community to ride while they attempt to play a basketball game. The proceeds from the events go to a nonprofit chosen by the organization that puts them on. “They buck off the people,” Outhier said. “It’s pretty funny. That’s one of our main incomes for the money we give to charities.”

After graduation, Outhier plans to attend the University of Arkansas. Although her softball career will come to a close, she is eager to begin a new path as a pre-med student.

Her hopes for this year remain high, both for herself and the team. But at the end of the day, Outhier is just glad to have one more season with her teammates. “There’s been so many close, lifelong friends I’ve made from softball,” she said. Just getting to know so many people and play the sport we love, that’s been the best.”

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