Ashland, Ore. -- Grit, determination and fight. These three words encapsulate the 2023 Southern Oregon Softball team and their performance in the NAIA Opening Round.
The journey to Championship Wednesday was a long and challenging road for the Raiders, after losing their first game to the Vanguard Lions. But SOU defied the odds stacked against them and won four straight games, earning their spot in the NAIA World Series.
"I'm just super proud of these women," said Head Coach Jessica Pistole. "They came out, after a tough game on Friday, and went on a mission to fight, play together and win on our field one more time for our seniors, and it was just such a fun way to end it, it was awesome."
The Raiders went to work in the field and at the plate against the Eagles. Cayla Williams and Katie Machado allowed a combined total of just one earned run, while on offense, SOU rocked the Eagles pitching, batting .474 with a of total 27 hits.
Senior Deja Acosta said, "Just seeing all the fruit of our labor coming to fruition and definitely just doing it for each other, I think that is just the epitome of this team this year and I couldn't be happier."
The Raiders are heading to Georgia as the no. 4 seed to compete with the best of the best for a chance to be crowned as World Series Champions.
Their first game is set for Thursday, May 25th at 1pm pacific time, against no. 5 seed Georgia Gwinnett.