Grove’s Lauren Outhier – Character Counts Presented by Grove Dental Associates

By Ryan Stone

The Grove Character Counts honor goes to Lauren Outhier, a junior first baseman for the fast-pitch team. After not playing much as a sophomore Outhier is focused on her present opportunity.

“Really just trying to prove myself since it’s my first year starting and so just want to improve and prove that I can compete with the girls in the surrounding areas,” said Outhier.

So far, she’s off to a great start. In the first six game this season Outhier is hitting over .500 with seven RBI. Her early success is a testament to the work she put in during the offseason.

“I tried to get stronger,” said Outhier, “also worked on my hitting and started slapping during the summer and have been pretty good with that so far. Also improving on my fielding and just trying to be a better all-around player.”

As a junior Outhier is also having to take on a leadership role for a young Ridgerunner team. She learned how to lead from her upperclassmen.

“The juniors and seniors we just try to set a good example for the younger kids, that was what I always had from our older players and I’m just trying to give them the same and help them out,” said Outhier.

Outhier’s character shows through on the field and in her leadership.

“Character is always staying true to who you are and working to be your best,” said Outhier, “just always being a good teammate listening to your coaches and not back talking.”

Outhier is a standout in the classroom boasting a 4.1 GPA. She is heavily involved at Grove as a member of NHS, Student Council and the Interact Club volunteering in the community. After high school she is considering attending the University of Arkansas.