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Red Hawks head to NAIA softball tournament

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Red Hawks head to NAIA softball...

REDDING, Calif. - The Simpson University softball teamed is headed to Oklahoma City for the opening round of the NAIA Softball National Championship.

The second seeded Red Hawks will play Bellevue in the opening round on Monday and if they survive the four team bracket, they will head to the World Series in Florida.

Simpson Head Coach Wayne Stower started the softball program nine years ago. In that time, he's taken a team to the playoffs seven times in either the NCCAA or NAIA.

He said he thinks the team this year is "no doubt" capable of a championship.

"I'm very excited about our team," Stower said. "We have just continued to get better all year. We started off a little slow. We've built a lot of momentum and we are just playing really good softball right now."

Senior pitcher Paris Hallums said the team's success comes partially from the energy they bring.

"Our team this year has really good energy," Hallums said. "Every time we show up to practice and show up to games we have this drive and this willingness to be there. Everyone is excited and everyone is loud and that really makes a difference in the way you play."

The seniors say some of them have been playing softball for 15 years or more. They hope to end their academic playing careers with a championship.

Senior center fielder Missy Silveira said she's confident in her team's ability to intimidate. 

"I think our pitching and our defense is solid and when we are all on offensively I think we are scary...We're very scary," Silveira said. "I think that one through nine down the lineup we hit the ball really well and I think other teams can get really intimidated."

The team leaves Saturday for Oklahoma City and begins the four team opening round Monday. 

 

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