Championship Recap 2019 NAIA Softball World Series

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Southern Oregon Raiders didn’t let an 8-hour storm delay rain on their championship parade. They claimed their first NAIA Softball World Series National Championship Thursday night with a decisive 8-3 victory over 10-time champion Oklahoma City.

  • Game 1 | Oklahoma City def. Southern Oregon, 8-4 | Box Score
  • Game 2 | Southern Oregon def. Oklahoma City, 8-3 | Box Score

News and Notes

  • The fourth-seeded Raiders led 6-3 after four innings when the teams were pulled off the field at 1:13 p.m. on Wednesday because of a steady downpour.
  • They added two runs after play restarted at 9:29 p.m., an hour after the skies finally cleared and the teams were able to take infield practice.
  • Pitcher Gabby Sandoval shut down the potent Stars’ offense over the last three innings, allowing just two hits and no runs. She struck out five for the game in boosting her record to 36-3.
  • She recovered from a first game, when she was pulled after allowing eight hits and four runs in 3 ⅔ innings as Oklahoma City forced a second game in the double-elimination tournament with an 8-4 victory.
  • Pitcher Jaden Shores picked up the win in the first and took the loss in the final. Both pitchers were named to the all-tournament team.

News and Notes

  • Southern Oregon finished the season with a 52-8 record. Oklahoma City was 61-8 in finishing second for the sixth time in the NAIA World Series.
  • The Raiders were staked to a 4-0 lead in the first inning of the final game when Paige Leeper smashed a line drive grand-slam home run over the 220-foot sign in centerfield.
  • Allie Stines started the inning with a sharp single up the middle.
  • Tournament MVP Lauren Quirke walked and then Tayler Walker had another sharply hit single.
  • The Stars forced out a runner at home before Leeper’s home run that followed several foul balls with two strikes.
  • Oklahoma City cut the lead in half in the top of the second with the help of two errors, scoring after hits by Julianne Abeloe and Gaby Zucchiatti and an error on a sacrifice attempt.
  • Zucchiatti scored after an error on a throw to first base that was created by speedy leadoff hitter Kennedy Jackson faking a steal.

News and Notes

  • The Raiders countered in the bottom of the inning to make it 5-2 when Stines scored on an RBI grounder by Quirke after two walks and a wild pitch.
  • The Stars cut the lead to 5-3 in the third when Baileigh Leux walked and scored on a double to left-center by Brittany Perez.
  • Hannah Shimek scored on a single by Tayler Walker to increase the Raiders’ lead to 6-3 just before the game was halted and the tarp placed over the all-dirt infield.
  • That was the only run allowed before the rain started by pitcher Kylie Dodson, who replaced Shores with one out in the second inning.
  • Sandoval struck out two and induced a popup to second while facing the heart of the Stars’ lineup when play resumed in the fifth inning.

News and Notes

  • The Raiders then pushed across two more runs for an 8-3 lead. Shimek walked to force in a run, then Avery Morehead-Hutsell scored on a passed ball.
  • Abeloe singled in the seventh, but three lineouts left the Stars with three more outs.
  • Jaci Smith doubled for the fourth time on the day after two groundouts, but a flyout to leftfield ended the game.
  • Shores struck out three on Monday morning as the Stars forced the second game.
  • Loux smashed a two-run home run and Smith laced three doubles and drove in two runs to lead the Stars’ attack. Loux had three hits and three RBIs.

News and Notes

  • The teams matched a pair of runs in the third inning, then the Stars moved ahead for good with a four-run fourth inning, highlighted by Loux’ homer to left and Smith’s RBI double to deep center.
  • Smith finished her senior season with two NAIA batting records: 119 RBIs and 114 runs. She also had 28 home runs and 28 doubles in a season where she hit .485.

How to watch

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