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Champions in Lithia Park

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2021 SOU Softball Team under the Butler Bandshell in Lithia Park

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Living Loving Led @ Pear Blossom Park

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Living Loving Led @ Pear Blossom Park (Medford, Oregon – May 29, 2021)


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5 p.m. on the west coast (assuming the forecasted “scattered thunderstorms” don’t delay the game more). The usual outlets (Oaktree, etc.) are not showing the game due to Covid restrictions, but you can follow along for free or for under $10 with video here.

Hairy Trees

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Hairy vetch

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Vicia villosa (AKA hairy vetch) from Grizzly Peak

2021 NAIA Softball World Series Preview

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Tayler Walker

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With many of the highly-ranked teams eliminated during the opening round, the final-10 teams include many surprises, mostly surprises really. The CCC has the #1, #2, and #4 rankings. What other conference has achieved such a feat in any sport?

Massey has the CCC teams at #1, #2, and #5 (with the #3 and #4 teams already eliminated).

Let’s look at the first-round matchups according to Massey…

College of Idaho gets Ottawa, who Massey has at #21 and gives C of I a 70% chance of winning.
Oregon Tech gets the winner of Mount Mercy and Houston-Victoria, who Massey has at #47 and #57 respectively. Oregon Tech will win over 80% of the time against either team according to Massey.
SOU gets the winner of Milligan and Bethany, who Massey has at #30 and #86 respectively. The Raiders will win over 85% of the time against either team according to Massey.

The only non-CCC team in Massey’s top twenty that made the final 10 is Olivet, the #3 seed.

Games begin a week from today.

 2021 NAIA Softball World Series Bracket

2021 NAIA Softball World Series Bracket

Cascade Conference looking strong in softball

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2021 Southern Oregon University Softball Team

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All three of the Cascade Conference softball teams that made the opening round are headed to Georgia for the NAIA College Softball World Series next week. Massey Ratings had all three teams in the top 20, with SOU and OIT in the top four. The coaches had OIT way down at #17. Massey did not have the coaches’ #2 and #3 in the top five. Perhaps not surprisingly, they are not headed to Georgia.

I’ll post more commentary on Massey and the Softball World Series once the site has been updated for the opening round games.

P.S. The above photo looks best if you click on it to get the original, high-resolution version.

Southern Oregon Bracket Championship Day!

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2021 NAIA Southern Oregon Softball Bracket

@KatrinaWinterb1 @SOURaiders @SOU_Softball

Since taking the above photo, just yesterday, SOU beat Hope, Morningside was eliminated by Hope, and Saint Katherine was eliminated by Morningside. SOU has two chances to beat Hope once for a trip to Georgia.

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Katrina Winterburn


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Hannah Shimek

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11 a.m. start time in Medford. The winner will be in the driver’s seat to move on to the World Series. The loser will need to win three in a row to get there.

Mt. Ashland from Grizzly Peak

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from the Cascades to the Siskiyous in one photo