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WBC softball returning
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The Williams Baptist College softball team is headed back to the NAIA national tournament. The NAIA was scheduled to release brackets for the first round of the tournament Tuesday evening, and the Lady Eagles are set to open play Monday. It is the second year in a row for Williams to make the tournament.

"Our team has worked hard all season to earn the opportunity to get back to the national tournament," said Head Coach Eric Newell. "This is a very gratifying accomplishment for these ladies, and now we turn our attention to preparing ourselves for the next level of competition."

The first round of the tournament is known as pod play, with 10 pods around the country. Each pod is composed of four teams, and the winning team from each pod advances to the championship round the following week in Columbus, Ga.

WBC, which is ranked 6th in the country, is currently 40-6 on the season.

The Lady Eagles earned an automatic berth in the national tourney by winning the regular season championship of the American Midwest Conference.

Williams won two out of its three games in pod play last year in Gulf Shores, Ala. The Lady Eagles lost out in the pod to Oklahoma City University, which went on to be the runner-up of the national tournament.

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