FORMER ALABAMA SOFTBALL STANDOUT MAKES USA OLYMPIC TEAM

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Following a week-long trial, USA Softball announced its roster for the 2020 Olympic games, yesterday afternoon. Among those who made it was four-year Alabama All-American Haylie McCleney.

“We are so proud of Haylie and all her accomplishments on and off the field,” Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy said in a press release. “However, making the U.S. Olympic Team trumps them all. She has worked tirelessly to get to this point and has earned this incredible honor.”

McCleney just finished her sixth season with Team USA this past summer, winning gold at the Pan American Games and the International Cup.

She is the first Alabama softball Olympian since Kelly Kretschman competed as an alternate in the 2000 Olympics. Kretschman then went on to win gold and silver medals at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic games.

Current Alabama sophomore pitcher Montana Fouts also tried out. However, she did not make the final roster.

The Tokyo Games will start July 24, 2020 and close Aug. 9, 2020, with softball running from July 22-28 at Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium and Yokohama Baseball Stadium.

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