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CHS grad earns PacWest honors for a third time
Nunes leads Concordia past Hawaii teams
Callie Nunes - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Ceres High grad Callie Nunes earned PacWest Freshman of the Week honors after leading Concordia University's softball team to a near-perfect 7-1 record in Hawaii.

The announcement was made on Monday.

Nunes was named National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II National Pitcher of the Week once and PacWest Pitcher of the Week twice earlier this season.

"I'm proud of what I've done so far," she said. "But I'm always looking to get better."

Callie made seven appearances during the Eagles' eight-game road trip.

She amassed a 5-0 record with a 0.21 ERA, 52 strikeouts and two saves.

Nunes allowed just one earned run and 13 hits.

"Whether you start or come on in relief, you do the same thing as a pitcher," she said. "You have the same approach. You go after the hitter 100 percent. I just want to do what's best for the team."

Concordia won its doubleheader against University of Hawaii at Hilo on Saturday.

Nunes out-dueled previously-unbeaten Cyanne Fernandez as the Eagles edged the Vulcans 2-1 during the opening game.

Callie allowed just one run and five hits with 10 strikeouts and three walks in seven innings.

Concordia rallied from a six-run deficit in stunning UHH 7-6 in eight innings during the second game.

Nunes picked up the save. She struck out two batters, including Bailey Gaspar swinging to end the contest.

"She's one of the best pitchers in the country and the PacWest," Vulcan head coach Callen Perreira stated in an article published by Hawaii Tribune-Herald following the two-game series.

"I'm getting more comfortable in the situations I'm put in," Callie said.

Nunes and her Concordia teammates played eight games in eight days in Hawaii.

"Overall, I'm happy with our performance," Callie said. "It was extremely exhausting but fruitful for our team."

The Eagles improved to 14-5 on the year and 7-3 in the PacWest.

"The entire experience so far has been a great one," Nunes said. "It's been hard work. But it's something I've enjoyed doing. I have great coaches and teammates."

Nunes has pitched like a veteran during her first year with the Eagles.

She currently has an 8-1 record with a 0.40 ERA, 114 strikeouts and five saves in 70 innings.

"The reason I've been so successful so far is even if I miss the strike zone, I can still get them to swing," Nunes said.

Callie will return to the Central Valley to play in the Stanislaus State Tournament, March 23-25, in Turlock.

"I played at Pedretti Park growing up," she said. "It will be a great experience going back. Everyone I know is going to be there. That will be fun."

Already considered one of the Ceres High's all-time greatest pitchers, Nunes added to her legacy by compiling a 20-3 record with a 0.52 ERA, 291 strikeouts and one no-hitter her senior year.

Nunes' dominance on the mound in 2017 earned her a spot on the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Medium Schools First Team.

Callie ranked fourth in the state in strikeouts.

Nunes filled a major role in propelling the Bulldogs to their second Sac-Joaquin Section crown in 2016, ending a 21-year drought between titles.

Callie and third-seeded Ceres High went 5-1 in the Division-III playoffs, beating Benicia twice, and Oakdale, Pioneer and American Canyon once.

Nunes matched a career high for strikeouts with 17 during the Bulldogs' 5-3 win over No. 2 Oakdale in the quarterfinals. The Bulldogs lost twice to the Mustangs in the regular season.

She posted an impressive 20-3 record with a 1.14 ERA, 239 strikeouts and two no-hitters.

Callie won her first of two WAC Pitcher of the Year awards.