Midwest City’s Lauren Bratcher – Character Counts Presented by Eskridge Honda

By Michael Kinney

Lauren Bratcher really likes softball. From the time she wakes up to the time she puts her back down back on her pillow, the life of the Midwest City junior is consumed with the sport.

But it has been that way since Bratcher began playing tee-ball when she was three-years-old.

 “Just being around everybody, the energy,” Bratcher said. “Being around friends because you build a relationship with people that are on your team. And it’s just a fun game to play. You can learn a lot from it.”

Bratcher said she knew early on that softball was the sport that was going to carry her to where she wanted to go.

“It was when I first started pitching,” Bratcher said. “It was probably like during machine pitch. I started to really doing lessons, really getting into pitching. I was like oh, I can be a really good pitcher. Then I started talking to colleges and stuff like that.”

Bratcher said she started to hear from schools during her sophomore year with the Bombers.

“It was a pretty good feeling,” Bratcher said. “I am supposed to be taking a visit down in Waco to McLennan (Community College). It has given me a better idea of what schools I can go to.  And it kind of brings your confidence up. It kind of makes you feel good.”

Bratcher gives a lot of credit to her success to her teammates at MWC.

“My teammates, they are a big help,” Bratcher said. “And the coaching staff. Especially Amber Gorman. They help us a long way. This year we all just get along. We have a really good team this year and we have a really good bond.”

The start to the 2019 season has been tough for Midwest City. After beating Putnam City West 22-0, the Bombers dropped their next to games to Yukon and Sapulpa by a combined score of 18-7.

Yet, it’s at these times that Bratcher really wants to shine.

“I want to work on being a more uplifting, positive person for my teammates,” Bratcher said. “A positive attitude to my teammates and others even though we may be losing. You still have to have a positive attitude.”