Alabama softball’s Ally Shipman named to 2023 SEC Community Service Team
By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Sam Thornton
TUSCALOOSA – All-SEC University of Alabama senior catcher Ally Shipman has been honored by the SEC with an induction to the 2023 Community Service Softball Team. Shipman joins 12 players across the conference representing “an athlete from each school who gives back to their community in superior service efforts,” according to a Southeastern Conference news release.
Shipman set the standard for service alongside her Crimson Tide teammates, particularly with her positive impact on girls in the Tuscaloosa community.
During National Women in Sports Day, Shipman took time to leave an influence on young girls at Tuscaloosa area elementary schools and local Girl Scout members by sharing her experiences as a high level student-athlete. In addition, she spoke about the potential dangers of being a student-athlete with the current age of social media.
Shipman is second in hits in SEC play this season with 49, while also co-leading the conference in doubles with 15. The No.5 seed Crimson Tide hopes to rely on Shipman’s production in their first round SEC tournament matchup today against No. 13 seed Missouri in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Shipman helped guide the Crimson Tide to a 2-1 regular season SEC record against the Tigers scoring two runs and three hits in eight at bats. The opening pitch will be thrown at 4 p.m. against Missouri.
Alabama hopes to avenge last year’s 3-0 tournament defeat against Missouri in the opening round. The 2022 result was Alabama’s first loss to Missouri in SEC tournament history and their first loss in the opening round since 1999.
If the Crimson Tide wins against Missouri, the team will face defending champion Arkansas in the second round of SEC tournament.