The college softball world was shocked when it was revealed that Alabama would be a No. 5 seed going into the NCAA Tournament back in May. While many argued that the Crimson Tide was not deserving of such a high seeding, Team 27 showed out in the postseason and fought against some of college softball's toughest opponents before ultimately falling in the Women's College World Series.

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While the 2023 season is now a distant memory, Alabama has shown that it has some of the most determined and hard-working players in the country.

D1Softball has released its list of the top 100 college softball players in the country and a few Alabama players proved that they were worthy of a spot.

Ashley Prange made the list at No. 48. The third baseman wrapped up her collegiate career with some fond memories. Prange put on a show during the SEC Tournament when she hit two home runs in a single game to get passed Missouri. Prange finished the season with 59 hits and 46 runs.

At No. 26 is the incoming transfer from Central Arkansas, Kayla Beaver. While Beaver did not play for the Tide in 2023, it is worth noting that she is one of the best players in the country and will be a valuable asset to Team 28 next season. The pitcher's efforts in the circle helped lead the Bears to an NCAA Tournament appearance, where they were upset by Middle Tennessee in the Tuscaloosa Regional. Beaver will have some big shoes to fill in 2024 following the departure of the next person on the list.

Finally, at No. 11 is the one and only, Montana Fouts. Calling Fouts a "good player" is a massive understatement. The Tide's ace pitcher had an eventful 2023 season, throwing two perfect games, pitching a career-high 11 innings against Texas, and tying her complete game strikeout record of 16 against Georgia Southern. Unfortunately for Fouts, a knee injury became present during the SEC Tournament that put her out of action of several postseason games. Fouts returned in the Tuscaloosa Super Regional and helped send the Tide to the WCWS while wearing a knee brace. Fouts' college days finally came to an end against Stanford in the World Series.

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