MEDFORD -- When the Southern Oregon softball team made a deep run at a national title in 2018, they had one Mayben with the program full-time. Now, they have three. Cascade Christian senior infielder, Mia Mayben, signed her letter of intent on Monday to play for the Raiders starting next season.
“The program there is something so special," Mia Mayben said, "Just to watch it last year, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be a part of that."
Mayben becomes the third member of her family to join the Raider Family. Her dad, Mike, is a Raider assistant coach and her older sister, Taelor, is a sophomore infielder on the team.
“We’re so lucky that all of the girls and the coaches have embraced our family like that, because it’s not normal, it’s really special," Taelor Mayben said.
After playing on each other's travel softball teams every couple years, when Mia transferred to Cascade Christian, the pair wasn't sure they would ever play on the same team again.
“I’m so excited. I’m so proud of her and this was all just her, but it’s really fun and we all get to be on the field together, which is something we didn’t think we’d get to do again," Taelor Mayben said.
“It’s gonna be really special to be able to play a couple of years together on such an amazing team," Mia Mayben said.
After the team's third-place finish at the NAIA national tournament last year and with a young nucleus ready to make more deep runs in the near future, the sisters know they have a chance to chase an almost unbelievable dream together.
“Coach has established this program and now we’re set to do pretty good things for the next few years," Taelor Mayben said, "So I’m sure she wanted to jump on that.”
“It was just special to be a part of outside of it, so I can’t imagine what it’s gonna be like next year," Mia Mayben said.
The prospect of going even further, being part of the first SOU softball team to ever win a national title, is something already on the siblings' minds. With dad still a coach and basically playing in their own backyard, Taelor Mayben said the situation seems almost too good to be true.
“Thinking about that is insane and the feeling you get when you get there is like nothing else and then getting to experience that with my dad and my sister, is just beyond words."
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