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Auburn Softball’s Carlee Wallace Transferring

By on June 15th, 2017 in News, Other Sports 10 Comments »
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Auburn Media file

News came late last night that Auburn senior Carlee Wallace has requested a release to transfer to another school, and coach Clint Myers has granted her wishes. Her reasons for leaving the Plains are not clear, although she did express frustration after the Tigers lost to Oklahoma in the super regional.

The All-SEC catcher was a star in the 2015 and 2016 Women’s College World Series. She batted .333 this season with a .464 on base percentage and drove in 52 runs. But, replacing her leadership will be more difficult than replacing her bat.

We wish her well and are thankful for three great years.

10 Comments

  1. KungFuPanda9 KungFuPanda9 says:

    This is a big deal and I’d like to know why she is leaving.

  2. Randyc37 Randyc37 says:

    I was surprised by the transfer since she only had one more year left to play at Auburn. She was initially recruited by Clint Myers at Arizona State and she followed him to Auburn. I feel that the reason for leaving must be of a personal nature and perhaps it is time for her to be closer to home. I am sure that she has already been contacted by the teams that do need a catcher.

    Carlee was a great player and will be missed. She always played hard in the games. I am expecting more news to follow in the future about this transfer decision. Auburn will have several good options for the catcher position next season. Abby Tissier from Hoover will be one to watch.
    War Eagle!

  3. Zach Taylor Zach Taylor says:

    Won’t speculate on the why but this is a death stroke for next year’s team.

    • aubfan_in_woodstock aubfan_in_woodstock says:

      I think that is a bit of an exaggeration. One player, even one as good as Carlee was as a player and a leader on the team, will not ruin an entire season.

      • Jason Wright says:

        He can’t help himself. Glass is always half empty with him unless his team is winning every game and every award.

        • Zach Taylor Zach Taylor says:

          Call it like I see it. Everyone said the same thing when I predicted they would stumble this past year.

          They will still be good, but yall realize this is the loss of the single best returning player on the team, right? This is comparable to losing Kerryon Johnson. Yeah, Pettway moves the chains, but Johnson was always the game buster that scared opposing teams.

          Here’s the other thing, I’ll consider the Snows when they make it on campus.

  4. Randyc37 Randyc37 says:

    The addition of Taylon and Tannon Snow will boost the offense. I feel that Taylon may be a candidate for the Olympic team. Auburn will have their best depth at pitching next season and several good players will be trying to win the starting catching position. James Crepea has a great article on the future of this Auburn Softball team. I personally feel that this team will be fine in the future.

    I look for Carlee to land on a west coast team that needs a great starting catcher. No player is indispensable. There is always another player out there that will take your place.

    • Zach Taylor Zach Taylor says:

      I certainly agree that pitching will be incredible next year. Swindle should add that midweek ace and as well as being a great reliever next season.

      Bats have to improve. I encourage you all to look at our batting this year compared to the previous two years. Then compare to the rest of the league. We have a lot of growing up to do and Clutch Carlee was the cornerstone of a start.

      Draper will be a terrific OBP and batting average player. But without power behind the slapping, it won’t matter much.

  5. Older Whiskey says:

    I don't think we'll hear any more as to why Carlee asked for her release. Maybe 5 years from now. And yeah, Zach may be a little negative, but he is certainly right about the bats. Team BA was down at least 50 points this year from 2 years ago. I believe Draper and Rivera are our only two returning .300 hitters now.

    Coach certainly recognizes this, and has talked about teaching hitting in a different way. I'm hoping McCrackin continues the upward trend her batting took late in the season. Have to hope at least a couple of the freshmen can adapt to D1 pitching. Would be great to have one or two fencebusters transfer in.

  6. […] lost its best returning player for next year’s team when catcher Carlee Wallace shockingly announced that she is leaving the Tigers. Her presence at the plate and behind it earned her the name “Clutch […]

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