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Local softball graduates headed to Women's College World Series

Posted: May 26, 2013 8:55 p.m.
Updated: May 26, 2013 8:55 p.m.

West Ranch graduate Janelle Lindvall and Oregon catcher reaches for the tag as Nebraska's Mattie Fowler tries to score in Game 1 of the Eugene Super Regional on Saturday. Nebraska eliminated Oregon in three games.


The first two rounds of the NCAA softball tournament are in the books, and five local athletes are left standing.

The Super Regional round concluded on Sunday, with Nebraska taking the final spot in the eight-team Women’s College World Series.

Oklahoma, Michigan, Texas, Washington, Tennessee, Arizona State and Florida will join the Cornhuskers as all eight head to Oklahoma City, with a double-elimination tournament beginning on Thursday.

The bracket is set up as two separate four-team tournaments, with the two winners facing off in a best-of-three championship series.

Last year, Oklahoma, led by Hart graduate Jessica Shults, fell in three games to Alabama in the championship.

This year, Shults is back for her senior year, along with Canyon graduate and OU junior Brittany Williams.

The Sooners won the Norman, Okla. regional before sweeping Texas A&M in two games in the Super Regional round.

Against the Aggies, Shults struggled, going 0-for-6 with two strikeouts. Williams, though, represented strongly, going 2-for-3 with two walks and an RBI in the two games.

Valencia High graduate Madison Shipman and Hart graduate Melissa Brown are through to the World Series after their Volunteers beat the defending champion Crimson Tide in two games.

Shipman was 2-for-5 with a walk and RBI and Brown was 3-for-7 with an RBI over the two games.

Oklahoma, the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, will face No. 8 Michigan in the first game on Thursday. The Sooners are grouped with No. 4 Texas and No. 5 Arizona State.

In the other bracket, No. 7 Tennessee will face No. 2 Florida, and No. 11 Washington will face the winner of Oregon and Nebraska.

Another local, Valencia graduate Bethany Kemp will join Arizona State in Oklahoma City. Kemp was 0-for-6 with two strikeouts in two games against Kentucky in the Super Regionals.

One local graduate was eliminated in the Super Regional round in West Ranch grad and Oregon freshman Janelle Lindvall.

Lindvall was 1-for-7 in three games. In the second game, which the Ducks won 5-3, Lindvall hit a home run and scored twice.



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