The Alabama softball team landed six athletes in the early signing period this week, including the No. 2-ranked player in the country.
“We are so excited about this class of six outstanding young ladies,” UA head coach Patrick Murphy said. “They perfectly fill the needs of this recruiting cycle. We have a mix of offense, defense, power and speed.”
Shortstop Bailey Bowling from St. Joseph, Illinois, holds the record for career home runs in Illinois and was a member of the Under 19 USA team this summer with current Crimson Tide players Montana Fouts, Skylar Wallace and Lexi Kilfoyl.
“Bailey showed her talent this past summer, winning gold with the U-19 Women’s National team. She’s got major-league power and will be one of the best athletes to ever wear crimson and white.”
Alabama got two in-state signees, including one from Tuscaloosa. Kat Grill, an infielder/outfielder from American Christian Academy, and pitcher Jaala Torrence from Dothan, signed Wednesday. Torrence is ranked 23rd in the Extra Inning Elite 100 prospects for the 2020 class.
“Kat follows in the footsteps of former Alabama players Chandler Dare and Jordan Patterson who have come to us from American Christian Academy,” Murphy said. “She is a great athlete with great speed.”
Alabama picked up another top pitcher in Alex Salter of Fort Myers, Florida, ranked No. 11 in the Extra Inning Elite 100. She also plays first base.
The Crimson Tide added depth at catcher with Abby Doerr from Eugene, Oregon, ranked 41st in the Extra Inning Elite 100 rankings. Kyleigh Haney, from Douglasville, Georgia, also plays catcher and first base.