MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Mobile (Ala.) was picked to repeat as regular season champions in the 2019 SSAC Softball Coaches' Preseason Poll, released Tuesday.
2019 Softball Coaches' Preseason Poll
1. Mobile – 81 (9)
2. William Carey – 65
3. Faulkner – 62
4. Blue Mountain – 51
5. Middle Georgia State – 44
6. Martin Methodist – 40
7. Bethel – 29
8. Brewton-Parker – 17
9. Stillman - 16
Mobile Head Coach Alison Sellers-Cook: "We are excited for the season. The team is very focused on the season ahead and we have great veteran leadership from our upperclassmen. They have set high goals and are working hard to achieve them."
- Mobile (22-6) won the SSAC Regular Season Championship last season, while William Carey (19-9) won the SSAC Tournament title
- No. 8 Mobile and No. 10 Faulkner both advanced to the 2018 NAIA Softball World Series
- Of the 20 players on the 2018 First-Team All-Conference squad, only seven were seniors, while seven were either freshmen or sophomores
- Mobile will be led by Hope Cain (14-6, 2.08 ERA), Emily Fleetwood (.379 BA, 20 SB, 69 H), Maddie Burchell (.347 BA, 10 2B, 30 RBI) and Payton Adams (.354 BA, 7 HR, .536 SLG)
The Knights 2019 softball team has five returning starters from the 2018 team including NAIA All-American Margaret Simmons, a sophomore. In her freshman season she was named the conference PLayer the Year, the Southern States All-Conference team, and placed on the NAIA All-American team. Senior second baseman Madison Bivins was also named to the 2018 All-Conference team. Senior Meagan Coleman returns on the mound and will also play 3rd base. Junior Maggie Burkhalter will be at first base. Junior Brittany Wilt will move from outfield to catcher on a regular basis and may work on the infield if needed. The remaining players are expected to be of great support on the mound, 3b, as catcher and outfield. The Knights have two transfers coming in and four freshmen.