Baylor’s Lauren Lewis Continues to Lead the Red Raiders in Homeruns
Chattanooga-(WDEF) Baylor has produced a number of talented softball players over the years, and now Lauren Lewis ranks among the best to ever suit up for the Red Raiders. When Lewis graduates this spring, she’ll leave as the school’s all time homerun leader.
Lauren Lewis has been a big hitter at Baylor even when she wasn’t that big.
Said head coach Kelli Smith,"She played in the fall for us on our middle school team as an 8th grader. We knew she was good enough to play for us on the varsity level. So we moved her up, and she played that spring. Started for us and hit as an 8th grader on the varsity."
Lewis collected her first career homerun as an 8th grader.
Said Lewis,"One of the GPS 8th graders hit one, and then they were like, she’s an 8th grader, and then I hit one. It was real exciting to answer back."
During her freshman year, Lewis set a Baylor record with eleven homers in a season.
Said Smith,"Just her presence in the lineup is amazing."
Lewis may not look like a typical homerun slugger, but she certainly delivers at the plate.
At the TSSAA state tournament one year, she set a state record driving in a total of 15 runs.
Said Smith,"The great thing about softball is it doesn’t really matter about your size in this sport. You can be short, tall, slender, or thick. I think a lot of it goes to her proper mechanics."
Last weekend in Nashville, Lewis hit three homers. Then on Wednesday, she had a grand slam against GPS.
She did all of that while undergoing physical therapy for a bad back.
"It’s really exciting when you hit a homerun. It will never get old for me."
You may not have to hide the women and children when Lewis comes to bat, but you might want to hide your car.
Said Lewis,"Last weekend I hit a BMW. (chuckles) I think the owners were pretty mad." (chuckles)
Put Lexington, Kentucky, on alert, Lewis will continue her softball career next season at the University of Kentucky.
"Playing in the SEC was my dream come true. That was like my number one goal."