A pair of incoming Alabama softball players earned national recognition this week.
Pitcher Montana Fouts was named the ALL-USA High School Player of the Year by USA Today and the MaxPreps National Softball Player of the Year. Incoming transfer pitcher Krystal Goodman was named the Dudley NJCAA Division-I Softball Pitcher of the Year.
Fouts is a four-time MaxPreps All-American and three-time Gatorade State Player of the Year from Grayson, Kentucky. She was dominant in the circle during her senior season at East Carter High School, posting a 37-1 record with 31 shutouts and 12 no-hitters, including eight perfect games. She allowed just nine runs, three earned, over 232.1 innings pitched for a 0.09 ERA while striking out 481 batters. She also hit 64-113 (.566) with 71 RBIs and 32 extra-base hits, including 12 home runs.
Over seven seasons as part of the varsity, she owns a 148-15 record, 0.32 ERA and 1,964 strikeouts.
Goodman went 26-2 with a 0.46 ERA last season at Chipola College, leading the team to a runner-up finish at the NJCAA Division-I Softball Championship. She struck out 227 batters over 181.1 innings and threw 18 complete games, holding opponents to a .116 batting average. She is a two-time first-team All-American with the Lady Indians and earned first-team All-Academic honors this past season.
A native of Long Beach, Mississippi, Goodman is one of five newcomers set to join the Alabama program for the 2019 season, along with NLI signees Kloyee Anderson, Kayla Davis, Fouts and Skylar Wallace.