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
Game 2 | Southern Oregon def. Oklahoma City, 8-3
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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.