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Montana Fouts, Alabama
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When you first hear the name Montana Fouts, you might think that the Alabama Crimson Tide freshman was related to the great San Diego Chargers quarterback Dan Fouts. Just like Fouts (no relation by the way), she is making her own history while slowly becoming a household name in Tuscaloosa. Fouts plays for the University of Alabama softball team that started their 2019 season with a 22-0 record. They’re the last undefeated team in college softball thanks to Fouts, whose 8-0 record, 74 strikeouts through 55.0 innings, and 0.53 earned run average all lead the team.

Fouts, who has become the ace of this staff, won SEC Freshman of the Week twice in February before the SEC softball season officially began. That’ll happen when you’re the a four-time All-American and three-time Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year from East Carter High School, and she’s legit: Fouts threw 25 no-hitters and 15 perfect games during her prep career.

Her dominance was seen early on as a child playing in softball leagues around the country facing tough competition, which may explain why she has been so dominant to begin the 2019 season. It was around that time that Alabama coach Patrick Murphy took notice of the young star and received a commitment from her as a freshman in high school. Once news got out that Murphy and the Crimson Tide landed Fouts, the rest of the college softball world took notice that he may have found the next big thing in the sport.

One of Murphy’s former colleagues told him that he may have signed the next Jennie Finch, an Olympic gold medalist who’s considered maybe the greatest softball player to ever live.

“She’s a kid that absolutely is the hardest-working pitcher we’ve ever had in 23 years,” Murphy said to ESPNW. “And she’s only been here for six months.”

It didn’t take long for people to notice how good Fouts is. One of her eight victories came against then-No. 9 Arizona when Fouts threw a complete-game shutout while striking out more batters (eight) than she gave up hits (six).

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That victory not only proved that Fouts was the real deal, but the Tide was too. It has been a few years since Alabama has had a player as dominate as Fouts, and it certainly seems as if they have found their ace.

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Her coach thinks that just like Finch, pitcher Montana Fouts name will go down in history as one of the greatest softball players ever.

“She’s going to be one of those kids where if you just say ‘Montana,’ you’re going to know who it is.”

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