For decades on end there have been a countless number of Jackson Parish residents that have traveled to Branson, Missouri and brought home wonderful memorabilia to remember the trip by. None has ever come back though with what Quitman resident, Cali Deal has from her trip – A WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP RING!!!!
Playing with the Marucci Patriots 2025, her regular travel-ball team that is based out of Jena, LA the dual threat, phenom was instrumental in leading her team to the 12U Fastpitch America Softball Association (FASA) 2020 World Series title. Not only did the team, who also has another Jackson Parish resident as a member in assistant coach Todd Culpepper, win the title, they did so in undefeated fashion against the best pre-teen, soft-ballers in the nation.
The fire-balling, southpaw went 3-0 on the mound highlighted by an impressive, gut-check, outing in the winner’s bracket final game. It was in that contest that Deal took a line drive off her pitching arm early on but stayed in to pitch a complete game victory. At the plate Cali, the daughter of Brian and Syble Deal, was just as important to the cause by batting over .500 for the tournament.
2020 FASA World Series Tournament Results (Branson, MO)
1st round: Marucci Patriots (LA) 8 – Lady Gators (TX) 0
2nd round: Marucci Patriots (LA) 8 – Top Gun White (MO) 1
3rd round: Marucci Patriots (LA) 4 – MOJO 2K7 Hranicky (TX) 3
4th round: Marucci Patriots (LA) 5 – Top Gun 07 (AR) 2
Finals: Marucci Patriots (LA) 6 – Top Gun 07 (AR) 1