As a 17 year old in 1980, she led the Sun Saints to a third place finish in the ASA Women's Major Open Nationals and was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
She pitched for UCLA in three NCAA championship games in 1982, 1984 and 1985. In the 1982 series she had 62 strike outs including a record 20 against Oklahoma State.
In international play, she won a gold medal with the U.S. team at the 1990 World Championships and in the 1991 and 1995 Pan American Games.
She played two seasons on Women's Professional Fastpitch with the Orlando Wahoos, leading them to the league's first two championships.
Debbie began playing softball at the age of 9 for a city recreation league. She played in both high school and the Copper State League before being recruited by recruited by Sun City Saints at the age of 17 and later by UCLA.