After watching her lead her Jackson Parish Recreation Department summer league youth all-star teams to state championships, softball enthusiasts in Jackson Parish knew that Cali Deal was a special talent. Her notoriety spread statewide when she began playing for Quitman High School where she pitched QHS to the Class B state tourney as an 8th grader last year and now is a two-time, first team All-Stater.
The sophomore-to-be has now seen her star rise to the upper echelon of the national level.
This was confirmed recently when the website, extrainnings.com submitted their top 50 softball players of the Class of 2025. Deal, who is playing this summer with the #6 nationally ranked,Texas Bombers – Malpass travel ball team, was rated as the 34th best player in the nation.
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Cali is a 5’11” lefty hurler who throws 62-64 mph. According to head coach Kristy Malpass, of the nationally 6th ranked Texas Bombers-Malpass “Cali has grown tremendously and gained speed since joining the Bombers 14U team last fall. She does exactly what her last name says: SHE DEALS!”
Cali has lettered three years with her Quitman (Louisiana) High School varsity team and as an 8th grader was named All-District MVP and First Team All-State. Not only can she deal in the circle but Cali also stands in on the right side with power in the box and ended her freshman season this spring with a .552 batting average and drove in 41 runs for her team.
In the circle, the freshman had 191 strikeouts with two no-hitters and 18 strikeouts in one game. She was named All-District MVP and 1st team, All-State again this year and not surprisingly, has already turned the heads of a lot of major college coaches.
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