Cali Deal set a goal this spring to lead her Quitman HIgh softball team to a state championship. That didn’t pan out. Instead, she pitched her summer league Texas Bombers Gold 14U – Malpass team to the 2022 Alliance Fastpitch Tier I National Championship. Not a bad trade off.
To say that the sophomore phenom and her Bomber teammates had a great ride over the past few months is an understatement. Over the summer the elite group played all over the nation and compiled a 40-4 record. The 6th ranked team in American won the Texas Fastpitch League and then culminated the
season by winning the national title by beating former #1 ranked Athletics Mercado two out of three games in the 80 team tourney played in Chino Hills, California.
Played in the format comparable to the college baseball playoffs, the Bombers advanced through the regionals, super-regionals and elite eight to advance to the championship series played on the Cal State-Fullerton campus.
Not only did Deal pitch her team to victory she did it in a must win situation.
Athletics Mercado won the first game of the best two out of three series in dominating fashion, taking a 10-2 victory. Then Deal took the circle for game two. Seven innings laters the series was evened as Deal gave up only two hits, struck out six and didn’t allow a single earned run in the 3-1 victory.
That set the stage for a winner take all one game title match. With her team ahead by a 7-4 score, Deal entered the contest in the fourth inning. and gave up only two earned runs the rest of the way in the 11-6 championship clinching victory.
By virtue of her stellar peformance Deal was named to the All-Tournament team.
Her statistics over the summer season against some of the best softall players in the nation in her age group was as impressive as her national championship tournament showing. Deal finished with a 13-2 record with one save to her credit. In 89.1 innings the left handed flame thrower struck out 99 batter and compiled a minuscle 1.881 ERA. Included were two shutout and a combined no-hitter.
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