The Alabama softball program has seen a lot of really extraordinary talents and players walk through their doors, but Montana Fouts stands alone as the greatest player in program history. Coming out of high school, Fouts was a three-time Gatorade Player of the Year winner in Kentucky. During college, she was the SEC Freshman of the Year, two-time second-team All-American (2019, 2022), and First-Team All-American (2021).
Heading into the Super Regionals and Women’s College World Series Fouts has been a bit dinged up with an injury she suffered during the SEC Tournament. However, Alabama lost their first game of the double-elimination WCWS to Tennessee and absolutely had to rely on their best player.
She delivered and pitched incredibly well on Friday as she threw 7.0 innings and surrendered only five hits and two runs. She gave the Tide a real chance to win, but her offense let her down as they were shut out in a 2-0 loss to Stanford. This is the second year in a row Stanford has ended Alabama’s season.
After the game, which marked the conclusion of her collegiate journey, Fouts was understandably emotional reflecting on her career. Through the tears, she managed to respond back saying, “These people are my everything. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to spend my dream.”
It’s unfortunate she was never able to get the desired national championship career, but that doesn’t take anything away from a magical career for someone who inspired and was beloved by so many.
A remarkable career in the circle.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) June 3, 2023