Alabama softball fans are legendary for their loyalty and support of the Crimson Tide women. For those who can’t wait for the spring season, Bama softball fans can get a sneak peek at the 2017 team Thursday as the Bama Softball Walk-Off Club hosts a fall picnic at Rhoads fan day at 3 p.m. CDT.
Fans can watch practice, which begins at 3 p.m. CDT, and tour the indoor practice facility. Following practice, Coach Patrick Murphy will introduce the team, and fans will have the opportunity to meet the coaches and players.
Food and drinks will also be available for purchase courtesy of the Bama Softball Walk-Off Club. Fans interested in joining the team’s official booster club will have the opportunity to sign up at the event.
The Crimson Tide returns 14 players from last year’s team, including All-America pitcher Sydney Littlejohn and SEC All-Freshman catcher Reagan Dykes. New additions to the team this season are freshmen Elissa Brown (Eclectic), Gabby Callaway (San Diego, Calif.), Bailey Hemphill (Lafayette, La.) and Claire Jenkins (Cullman).
Last season, Alabama made its 11th Women’s College World Series appearance, finishing sixth nationally with a 51-14 record. The Tide coaching staff was named the NFCA South Region Coaching Staff of the Year for the 10th time in program history, led by Murphy who enters his 19th season at the helm of the team this year.
In addition to Thursday’s practice, fans can watch the Tide at eight exhibition games during the month of October at Rhoads Stadium. Tickets tothe four doubleheaders are $5 each.
The games, all at Rhoads Stadium, are:
Saturday, Oct. 8 vs. Middle Tennessee State (DH) – 1:30 p.m. CDT
Sunday, Oct. 9 vs. Spring Hill College (DH) – 1:30 p.m. CDT
Sunday, Oct. 16 vs. Alabama State (DH) – 2 p.m. CDT
Sunday, Oct. 23 vs. Wallace-Hanceville (DH) – 1:30 p.m. CDT