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Trailblazing Anaheim High pitcher Jillian Albayati is trading her hardball for a softball for her collegiate pursuits.
Albayati, the first girl to pitch in a CIF-SS baseball championship game, announced Sunday night on Twitter that she has committed to Cal State San Marcos’ Division II-ranked softball team in San Diego County.
I’d like to announce my commitment to Cal State University of San Marcos! Thank you to my family and all my coaches that have helped me get to where I am today<3 So excited toft what’s to come!!! @stef_ewing @CSUSMsoftball pic.twitter.com/daXIbZOh8a
— Jillian Albayati (@JillianAlbayati) June 20, 2022
Albayati last week was named The Register’s female athlete of the year for 2021-22 after compiling a 12-0 record on the mound to lead the Colonists to their first CIF-SS final since 1980 and the semifinals of the CIF State SoCal Division V regional tournament.
She also was named the Orange League MVP, All-CIF and to the Orange County all-star game.
After the baseball season, Albayati played shortstop in a travel softball tournament with Firecrackers TJ.
San Marcos finished last season 45-14 and ranked No. 11 in the nation for Division II. The team lost to Cal State Dominguez Hills in the NCAA West Super Regionals.
“Jill will work to put herself in the best possible position,” Anaheim baseball coach Mike Barrera said. “She is a student of the game.”
Villa Park product Sammie Olivo was a redshirt freshmam outfielder for San Marcos last season.