All-American and three-time Academic All-American centerfielder Haylie McCleney has moved on. Also gone are slugging first baseman Leona Lafaele, and outfielders Andrea Hawkins and Kallie Case.
But this team has plenty of star power returning, anchored by ace pitchers junior Alexis Osorio and senior Sydney Littlejohn. Demi Turner (.421 BA) and Chandler Dare (.386) should be at the top of the order. Supplying the power will be Reagan Dykes (11 HR, 41 RBI), Marisa Runyon (9, 41), and Peyton Grantham (7, 38).
|Name||Pos.||Class||B/T||Ht.||Hometown / High School
|1||Elissa Brown||UTIL||Fr.||L/R||5-3||Eclectic, Ala. / Elmore County HS|
|2||Demi Turner||IF||Jr.||L/R||5-4||Huntsville, Texas / Huntsville HS|
|3||Peyton Grantham||IF||Jr.||R/R||5-5||Daphne, Ala. / Daphne HS|
|4||Rachel Bobo||OF||Jr.||L/R||5-3||Seabrook, Texas / Clear Falls HS|
|5||Chandler Dare||UTIL||Sr.||L/R||5-3||Tuscaloosa, Ala. / American Christian Academy|
|6||Sydney Booker||IF||Jr.||R/R||5-7||Madison, Ala. / Bob Jones|
|7||Merris Schroder||OF||So.||L/R||5-5||Houston, Texas / Cy-Fair|
|9||Marisa Runyon||IF||Sr.||L/R||5-0||Myrtle Beach, S.C. / Carolina Forest HS|
|10||Mari Cranek||OF||So.||L/R||5-5||Needville, Texas / Needville|
|15||Gabby Callaway||OF||Fr.||L/R||5-8||San Diego, Calif. / Poway HS|
|16||Bailey Hemphill||UTIL||Fr.||R/R||5-8||Lafayette, La. / St. Thomas More|
|20||Carrigan Fain||C||Jr.||R/R||5-8||Mt. Olive, Ala. / Gardendale HS|
|25||Madi Moore||LHP||So.||L/L||5-8||Winfield, Ala. / Winfield|
|27||Alexis Osorio||RHP||Jr.||R/R||5-8||Riverside, Calif. / King HS|
|28||Sydney Littlejohn||RHP||Sr.||R/R||6-1||Rusk, Texas / Rusk HS|
|33||Claire Jenkins||IF||Fr.||R/R||5-9||Cullman, Ala. / Cullman HS|
|34||Caroline Hardy||UTIL||So.||R/R||5-8||Vestavia Hills, Ala. / Vestavia Hills|
|54||Reagan Dykes||C||So.||R/R||5-6||Collins, Miss. / Presbyterian Christian|
Patrick Murphy Head Coach
Alyson Habetz Associate Head Coach
Stephanie VanBrakle Prothro Assistant Coach - recently married to Tyrone's brother
(or cousin, I am not sure).
Kate Harris Director of Operations
Adam Arbour Volunteer Assistant Coach
Bailey Hemphill UTIL - top-rated prep catcher on the FloSoftball Hot 100; also played basketball and volleyball in high school.
Claire Jenkins IF - 2016 6A All-State Hitter of the Year, two-time area Player of the Year (2015-16).
Elissa Brown UTIL - chosen for Team USA Junior National Training Team. Also played basketball, where she was the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,947 points. Won regional titles in the 100- and 200-meter dash with the track and field team.
Gabby Callaway OF - Two-time All-CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) for 2015-16. FloSoftball Hot 100. Born and raised in Mobile until moving to Southern California before her sophomore year of high school.
The Crimson Tide opens the season in Conway, SC at the Kickin' Chicken Classic (insert Brandon Chicken joke here).
- Osorio pitches a perfect game striking out 19 of the 21 batters she faced. Freshman Bailey Hemphill hits her second dinger in as many games.
- Hemphill and Booker both with 2-run dingers. Moore goes the distance.
* Alabama's home opener is Feb. 15 against South Alabama at 5pm CT.