Stars claim softball’s 11th Red Banner in Columbus
COLUMBUS, Ga. – [BRACKET | SCHEDULE] In a game that many thought could go either way, Oklahoma City made a statement at the top of first and never looked back. After three runs and another incredible pitching performance from Shelbey Cornelson, the Stars earned their 11e The NAIA Softball National Championship red banner in team history with a 3-0 victory on Wednesday.
Oklahoma City came out shooting first in the lead. Rally Radacy doubled to left field with one out to start things off and advanced to third on a Tiffany Paul single to put the runners in the corners. Paul moved soon after on stolen base, his first of the 2022 World Series, to put two runners in scoring position with just one out.
Lexi Duff provided the opening innings of the game for the Stars. The senior singled out a helicopter high down the left side, which tackled both Paul and Radacy, to put Oklahoma City by a pair.
The Stars added to their lead in the fourth. After Amy Crabaugh doubled down the right field line to open the inning, the junior backstop came in to score on a Kennedy Jackson RBI single to extend the lead to 3-0. Crabaugh finished the day 3-for-3 at the plate.
After the championship ended, Shelby Cornelson was announced as the 2022 NAIA Softball World Series MVP. The junior did it all in the Oklahoma City circle. Adding to her stellar performance Wednesday night, she allowed just one run in 28 innings pitched with 10 strikeouts under her belt.
Oklahoma City led the 2022 Spring Classic in both batting average and slugging percentage on the offensive side, and in ERA with an incredible .025 ERA, all from Cornelson.
The Stars’ 11 NAIA Softball World Series titles are the most of all time in the sport. The second closest total to the tag team championship is former member Simon Fraser (BC) with four.
All Tournament Team
Cheyenne Strong, Tennessee Wesleyan
Sarah Abramson, Oregon Tech
Hannah Pals, Grand View, Iowa
Brittany Adair, Freed-Hardeman (Tennis)
Lexi Duff, Oklahoma City
Jennah Yost, Indiana Wesleyan
Claire Sekinger, Southeast (Florida)
Haleigh Harrell, Southeast (Florida)
Emily Cerny, science and arts (Oklahoma)
Sierra Selfridge, Science and Arts (Oklahoma)
Macenzie Ruth, science and arts (Oklahoma)
Jaden Morace, Mobile, Alabama
Kennedy Jackson, Oklahoma City
Eila Infante, Mobile, Alabama
Radacy Rally, Oklahoma City
Emily Butts, Mobile, Alabama
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