Southern Oregon Softball Looks for Encore Following Best Season in School History

The Raiders hope to replace Kelsey Randall with Paige Leeper at shortstop and Harlee Donovan with Allie Stines at catcher.

Posted: Jan. 21, 2019 7:32 PM
Updated: Jan. 21, 2019 7:32 PM

Speech to Text for Southern Oregon Softball Looks for Encore Following Best Season in School History

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southern oregon softball's opening day. 12 days until the follow up performance from the team's most successful season ever. pistole says, "we tasted it. we didn't win it." a third place finish at the naia world series was the best in school history. to take the next step, the raiders will have to do it without two of the best players in school history. no more kelsey randall. no more harlee donovan. pistole says, "and they're not replaceable." but they do have to try... and that effort starts with paige leeper, a junior out of eagle point who now has the keys to shortstop. paige says, "there was no part of me that was nervous, there was of home... morgan says, "harlee's been my catcher since i was seven." behind home plate you'll also find a new face. allie stines pegged as the opening day catcher. allie says, "it's not frightening at all. i just love being able to hold that role and follow right in her footsteps." that's because stines has done it before. she went to san mateo community college the same j-c as donovan... and stepped into her spot when donovan came to sou. it gets even better. harlee's now her coach. and stines is set to catch someone she's caught before. jones says, "she caught me my sophomore year. she was a freshman at san mateo." when it comes to replacing the leadership of harlee and kelsey, jones will be key... along with another upperclassmen ace in gabby sandoval. sandoval says, "it's huge for both of us because we both know what it feels like to get to nationals." there's also the four freshman starters from last year who are now a year more mature. shimek says, "our motto is natty is now. i feel like no one is thinking about last year, we've put that in the past." and a senior class that wants to write its own legacy. velasquez says, "the game knows. the game knew last year that we were ranked third and we came in third and the game knows this year that we're going to work even harder." it amounts to a team that in 12 days, will hungry, determined, working hard, and yeah, we're on a mission." opening day for the team is on february second in redding
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