Tomi Garrison was an All-American pitcher who helped lead the Garland Lady Owls softball program through its most successful period in history. Beginning as a freshman in 2005, Garrison made her presence felt compiling a 22-1 record, a 0.37 ERA and 140 strikeouts in 133 innings—the lone loss coming in the state championship game. That year, she was named Dallas Morning News Newcomer of the Year, and a four-time Dallas Morning News Player of the Week. As a sophomore, Garrison went on a three-year tear that culminated in her teams winning back-to-back state championships in 2006 and 2007. After guiding the Owls to the 2006 state title, she returned in 2007 and pitched a complete-game one-hitter with 15 strikeouts while going 2-for-4 with two RBI at the plate to lead the Owls to a 5-0 win over Austin Bowie in the state semifinals. She followed that performance a day later by scattering two hits in a 1-0 victory over Katy, helping Garland become the first Class 5A team to win back-to-back state titles. For her efforts, Garrison earned championship game MVP honors for the second-straight year and picked up her fifth-career state tournament victory—a state record. She finished her junior season 26-6-2 with a 0.53 ERA and 305 strikeouts in 222 innings to earn All-American honors from both EA sports and Under Armour.
Along the way, Garrison compiled more than 80 victories during her high school career and claimed several records. She holds the three top marks for wins in a season (26-2007, 25-2008 24-2006), has the third-lowest single-season ERA in school history (.25-2006), the most strikeouts in school history (305-2007), and maintains the three top spots for innings pitched (222.2-2007, 183.2-2008, 166.3-2006). During her career, Garrison guided the Lady Owls to four district crowns, four Area championships, four Region II championships, four state tournament appearances, one state runner up, and two state titles.
After graduating, she went on to compete for the Sam Houston Bearkats. There, she managed All-Southland Conference honors and earned a spot on the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll.