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SOU, OIT arrive in Springfield for NAIA Softball World Series

The ten-team double elimination tournament starts Thursday.

Posted: May 20, 2019 8:44 PM

SPRINGFIELD—Monday was a travel day for both Southern Oregon and Oregon Tech en route to the NAIA Softball World Series.

The Raiders left the Medford airport before the sun rose.

Before they left, the team recorded a message for their fans back home, which is shown in the video above.

Oregon Tech also arrived in Springfield, but the Owls came via Indianapolis.

Because their Opening Round series was already in the Midwest, they decided to not return to Klamath Falls.

It meant shorter travel on Monday, but OIT is now approaching day ten of not being at home—a challenge because the Owls, like SOU, are still in school.

"Our student athletes still have to balance making sure they're doing their tests and exams, sometimes via the Internet, and sometimes I'm proctoring tests and exams like I will tonight,” head coach Greg Stewart said. “I think the kids are having fun but at the same time it's always a challenge trying to balance the academics and playing softball at this point in the season."

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