High school varsity baseball pitching sensation Marti Sementelli is no stranger to media attention. Since her days playing Little League at age five with the boys, she has regularly garnered attention from local and national news media. At age 10 she made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, striking out the host and, in 2007, appeared in a Nike commercial. At 15, Marti was the youngest girl to play for the U.S in the Women’s Baseball World Cup where she allowed only one run in the U.S victory over Australia for the bronze medal. This spring, she again made history starting in the first all-girl high school pitching match-up that featured her school, Birmingham High, and USA Women’s Baseball teammate Ghazaleh Sailors of San Marcos High School.
In a world where the diminutive pitcher regularly plays against boys who are now a foot taller and 100 pounds heavier, it was really no surprise last week when she agreed to accept a baseball scholarship and signed her National Letter of Intent to play for North Carolina’s Montreat College.
Pretty Tough caught up with Marti near her California home as she took the next step in a baseball career already marked with many historic firsts.