Mathis, a pitcher for West Orange High's softball team, had 40 strikeouts through the first four games of the season.

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Junior pitcher Lauren Mathis has recorded impressive statistics through the first four games of the season, including 40 strikeouts in 17 innings pitched, for West Orange (5-0 as of Feb. 14). Mathis has verbally committed to the University of Georgia and plans to sign next year. 




What are you most looking forward to this season?

I think postseason and playoffs, to see how far we get. The team we have has really good chemistry, and I think we’ll make it to states this year.


When did you get started in softball?

I got started when I was 7, and we moved to a different house here. Our neighbors played softball at Windermere Little League, so they kind of got me started doing that.


If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Tacos, but not just any tacos — my mom’s tacos. They’re so good, and I would eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner every single day.


What are your plans for after high school?

I’m going to the University of Georgia on a scholarship, I’m verbally committed, and I’ll sign next year. I don’t really know what I want to do in college yet, though.


If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

I would be a panda, because they’re my favorite animals and they’re really chill. They just chill and eat bamboo.


What’s the most rewarding thing about softball for you?

Definitely going out with the teammates after a big win, getting dinner and celebrating with them.


Do you have a favorite quote?

It’s a Bible verse, Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” I like the idea that He gives you strength on and off the field, every moment of every day.


Who is your inspiration?

My inspiration has to be my dad, because he’s gotten me this far and he got me recruited. He did everything for me. He’s just a really great person. 


What is your dream job?

Probably being a psychologist or a therapist. I’m really interested in cognitive stuff and how people think.


Who is your favorite musical artist at the moment?

My favorite artist would definitely have to be Bryson Tiller, and my favorite song by him is “Don’t.” I just really like his music, and a lot of the stuff he writes about relates to my life.


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