On November 12th, 2018, Julianne Malis – known as “Jules” by her teammates and friends – signed her letter of intent to play softball at Phoenix College. Jules follows in the footsteps of her older sister Jessica, who graduated from Goldwater in 2016. Much like Jessica, Jules is choosing Phoenix College for the ability to spend the first 2 years of college softball on a winning program. PC has won the NJCAA National Championship 9 times since 1979, and finished top 4 in the nation 3 years in a row. In short, the Phoenix College Softball program is not your average junior college program.
“I already know the reputation of the program and the school in general and I knew they were a winning program that competed for national championships year in and year out. Plus, many of their players go on to play at NCAA DII and DI universities, and that’s what I want after my 2 years at PC,” Malis stated.
Malis is putting together quite the career in the Bulldog uniform, both on the mound and at the plate. On her 3 years of varsity ball up to this point, she has a career ERA of 3.82 and has averaged 1.20 strikeouts per inning. As a hitter, Jules’ batting average has increased dramatically each season, going from a .373 her freshman year to .540 last spring to go along with a career-high 40 RBIs.
Even though Malis has already committed and signed to play college softball, she is making it a point of emphasis that she and her fellow seniors still have unfinished business with Goldwater Softball.
“The first goal is to have a winning record, and then win a couple games in the state tournament. Individually, I want to make the All-Region team and throw a couple no hitters or perfect games. But the most important thing for me is that I enjoy my last season here.”
Above all, Julianne Malis has the respect of her teammates. Here’s what junior and varsity third basemen Kallie Case had to say about the star pitcher:
“In the time I have spent as Julianne’s teammate, I have discovered her genuine and contagious love for softball. She is a dedicated athlete with a strong desire to compete. I have no doubts that she will continue her hard work and accomplish big things.”
Bulldogs Softball has their first game in just under a month, which is a home game against Paradise Valley on Wednesday, February 20th. The team currently has 9 home games scheduled and 18 games total in the regular season, so there will be plenty of opportunities to watch Malis and the rest of Barry Goldwater Softball.