Notre Dame softball star Maci Bergeron makes the U.S. Junior Women's National Team

Koki Riley
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

Maci Bergeron has had a successful 2021.

The senior catcher, pitcher and slugger helped guide Notre Dame softball to its third consecutive Division III state championship in May during her junior season. A little over a month later, Bergeron was named the Gatorade Softball Player of the Year in Louisiana and won the state's 2021 Miss Softball award.

She hit 30 home runs, had a .572 batting average and posted a 0.39 earned run average. But Bergeron's remarkable 2021 campaign still isn't over.

Last week, Bergeron was named to the 2021 U18 U.S. Junior Women's National Team. She joins an 18-player roster, with two replacement players, made up of the top softball players in the nation.

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"I'm really excited," Bergeron said. "(Making the team) has been one of my goals since I was 5."

Maci Bergeron hits a home run as Notre Dame takes down Ascension softball to advance to the LHSAA State playoffs. Saturday, April 20, 2019.

One of two catchers on the team, Bergeron and the U.S. Junior National Team will compete this summer at the U18 Junior World Cup in Lima, Peru, from Aug. 28 to Sept. 5 and in Barranquilla, Columbia, at the Junior Pan American Games from Nov. 25 to Dec. 5.

"I'm really excited to travel to another country and support my country, represent my country," Bergeron said.

Bergeron and four of her travel softball team teammates attended tryouts for the junior national team at the USA Softball Hall of Fame complex in Oklahoma City. The tryouts lasted two days starting last Wednesday, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Day 1 and then 8 a.m. to between 7 and 8 p.m. on Day 2.

Infielder Mia Scott, outfielder Keely Williams, infielder Avery Hodge and recent Airline graduate and pitcher Raelin Chaffin tried out with Bergeron, and all four made the team.

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Bergeron is committed to play softball at LSU and is the No.1 softball recruit in the nation, according to MaxPreps.

But Bergeron's goal isn't to be a top recruit or a star at the high school level. Making the U18 junior national team isn't her endgame either.

Her biggest dreams on the softball field are still ahead of her.

"(My goal is) to play in the Olympics and to be an All-American," Bergeron said.