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Coming down from the Greensprings

Bend in the road

2018 NAIA Softball Player of the Year

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Harlee Donovan

@SOURaiders @SOU_Softball @Foofers13 #NAIASBWorldSeries #PlayNAIA #CollegeSoftball @Kelsee_R

A well-deserved honor was bestowed on Harlee Donovan as she was named the (first-ever from SOU) national player of the year. Besides her gold-glove defense at catcher, she was by far the most feared hitter in the NAIA. This is evidenced by her 62 walks, more than 20 as many as anyone in the NAIA. By way of comparison, her OPS of 1.364 is more than 200 points higher than Babe Ruth’s 1.164–the highest in MLB history. The leader in OPS this year in MLB is Mookie Betts at 1.187.

Kelsey Randall was an All-American for the second year in a row. She came in third in the NAIA in walks (with 40), was first in triples, first in runs scored, and second in stolen bases. On defense she was also first in assists and won four gold gloves as a Raider. She is the all-time record holder in the NAIA in triples.

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Kelsey Randall

AHS graduation tonight!

Russ Johnson dean ashland high school graduation

Graduation pranks

Happy birthday, Brandi Carlile!

Brandi Carlile

@brittfestivals @brandicarlile

Raiders win four in a row, end season #3 (of 188)

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2018 Southern Oregon University Softball Team

@paigeemerrittt @SOURaiders @SOU_Softball @morganpearl_ @alliehancock__ @Foofers13 #NAIASBWorldSeries #PlayNAIA #CollegeSoftball

Almost five months ago, the 2018 NAIA softball pre-season poll came out. The Raiders were picked to come in third. After the preseason poll SOU was never ranked higher than #8, until now. They will finish their most successful season ever at their preseason rank of #3 after eliminating the #21, #9, #3, and #2 ranked teams in the World Series. Nice job!

The Rogues are underway

Rowdy!

@MedfordRogues

Last night was opening night in Medford. The Rogues began the season as they ended last year’s championship season, with another victory. Most importantly, the beer batter on the Lincoln Potters struck out in the 1st, allowing fans to buy $3 beers early on.

Final Four!

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#4 Paige Leeper

@paigeemerrittt @SOURaiders @SOU_Softball

With the #1, #3, and #5 seeds eliminated, #6 SOU will go to work on the #2 seed (defending champion Oklahoma City) someday (there have been numerous delays). You can watch the game at Oaktree (21+) or Northwest Pizza (all ages) whenever it does begin. Another Raider victory will mean another game a half hour later (weather permitting). Southern Oregon still needs four more wins to win it all. They are currently on a three-game winning streak.

Two years ago

I got it!

@ahs_baseball @jessecarroll18

Late rally saves Raiders

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Morgan Jones gave up no walks, only two hits, and a run in 4 innings of relief for the win

@morganpearl_ @SOURaiders @SOU_Softball

Next game is Monday (5/28/18) at 9 a.m. PDT. You can watch at Oaktree. More details here.

2018 NAIA Softball World Series begins

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Rebecca Velasquez

@SOURaiders @SOU_Softball @bbbeckss11

Today @ 3 p.m. PDT is the first game for the Raiders. If you are in Ashland you can watch the game live at Oaktree (21+) or Northwest Pizza (all ages).

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