Simpson softball advances to NAIA World Series

After losing the first championship game to Oregon Tech, with Simpson rallied for 7-1 and 3-0 victories. | File photo

The Simpson University Red Hawks softball team will compete in the 36th NAIA World Series, taking place in Sioux City, Iowa, starting Thursday, following a 7-1 victory over the Oregon Tech Hustlin’ Owls.

“There was a lot of pressure, but to be honest, that’s what I love about softball,” senior Carlye Avey said after the game that secured their position in the series. “I love having that pressure on my back. I do better under pressure, so that’s right where I want to be.”

The deciding match-up was a forced Game Two in the opening round. After losing the first championship game to Oregon Tech, with a final score of 4-2, Simpson rallied for its 7-1 victory, earning three runs in the first inning and four in the sixth, to Oregon Tech’s one in the top of the seventh.

“We feel great,” coach Wayne Stower said. “We are really looking forward to getting back to Iowa, and that’s been our goal since Day One. The girls did a great job of getting us there.”

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