Alabama softball will be represented at the 2022 World Games in Birmingham after it was announced that Montana Fouts and alum Haylie McCleney made the Team USA roster.
It will be Fouts' first appearance on the U.S. national team. She had tried out previously in 2019. Last season, she helped lead the Crimson Tide to the Women's College World Series semifinals. She was the 2021 NFCA Pitcher of the Year and an All-American as well as SEC Co-Pitcher of the Year.
She led the nation with 349 strikeouts across her 32 starts. Her highlight was a perfect game against UCLA in the WCWS.
McCleney is a 2016 graduate of Alabama who left with multiple career records. She was the program's leader in batting average, on-base percentage, walks and triples at the time she left. McCleney was a three-time NFCA first-team All-America selection.
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McCleney will be playing near her hometown of Morris, Alabama. She has been a member of Team USA since 2014. She was apart of the U.S. team that won a silver medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
The World Games will take place July 7-17, with softball being played at the MET in Hoover.
This article originally appeared on The Tuscaloosa News: Alabama softball: Montana Fouts, Haylie McCleney on Team USA for World Games