Hannah Shimek connects on a pitch for Southern Oregon University this season. Photo courtesy of Jolyn Hutsell

Hannah Shimek connects on a pitch for Southern Oregon University this season. Photo courtesy of Jolyn Hutsell

Inglemoor High graduate Shimek scores national softball title

Southern Oregon University wins NAIA World Series championship.

It took a while, but Inglemoor High graduate Hannah Shimek and her Southern Oregon University softball squad eventually clutched the coveted championship trophy.

The Raiders won the NAIA World Series title by beating Oklahoma City, 8-3, in a thunderstorm-delayed game on May 29 in Springfield, Missouri. Southern Oregon led 6-3 when the game was halted in the fifth inning at about 11 a.m. The contest finally resumed at 9 p.m. that night, and the Raiders finished off Oklahoma to give the school its first national championship.

Southern Oregon — which finished 52-8 overall — beat Oklahoma twice in the tourney and lost to them once, 8-4, to set up the championship matchup. The Raiders finished 4-1 at the World Series.

“This is by far, honestly, the best year of softball I’ve ever played. I’ve never had such a close team and people that work so hard for the person next to them. No one was there for selfish reasons, everyone did everything for each other,” said Shimek, 20, a 2017 Inglemoor graduate who just finished her sophomore year at Southern Oregon.

Shimek notched a .957 fielding percentage while playing second base in all 60 games this season and hit for a .345 clip at the plate with 54 RBIs, eight doubles and six triples. She doubled in the loss to Oklahoma and scored the first run and had a bases-loaded walk in the final.

In the championship game, Shimek snared a line drive for the second out in the final inning, and then, “Tears immediately starting coming out of everyone’s eyes.” For the final out, senior left fielder Tiana Brown caught a fly ball to seal the deal.

The close-knit squad unleashed tons of energy in the final and Shimek said the fun game resulted in her most surreal experience ever on a softball diamond. Last year, the Raiders took third at the World Series.

After losing to Oklahoma in the early game on May 29, head coach Jessica Pistole smiled at her team and said, “‘You guys got this, you just gave them a little taste of it, but you’re about to pull it right out of them,’” said Shimek, who resides in Medford and is double majoring in business marketing and communications studies. The Raiders were named an NAIA Scholar Team again this season.

During the lengthy rain break, the team discussed winning the final over lunch, coffee and snacks. Back at their hotel room, Pistole suggested the players nap no longer than 45 minutes, and Shimek cracked her books for some economic homework to pass the time.

The game was originally planned to resume at 7 p.m., but the rain returned after the teams warmed up and were set to hit the diamond. For two hours, the Raiders waited in the dugout and played charades until the clock struck nine, Shimek laughed.

Southern Oregon got the job done when the time came and even earned ESPN’s No. 8 play of the night out of 10 with junior slugger Paige Leeper’s grand slam in the first inning. Junior pitcher Gabby Sandoval snatched the win for her 33rd complete game of the season.

Shimek played softball and basketball at Inglemoor and credited her coaches Jeff Skelly and Kristina Schumacher for molding her into a leader.

Skelly encouraged her “to be the best leader that I could be, and I think that has helped me a lot this year and last year. I’m on the field constantly talking, just taking care of my team,” said Shimek, adding that the leadership role helped with personal growth during her four years at Inglemoor.

Schumacher pointed her captain Shimek in a positive direction as well and has been a huge part of her life.

At Inglemoor, Shimek was a first-team all-4A KingCo infielder and outfielder whose team took fifth in state her senior year. She starred at second base her junior year and has possessed a solid glove at that position 471 miles away from Inglemoor in Ashland and on softball diamonds across the country.


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@bothell-reporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.bothell-reporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

Hannah Shimek starred in softball and basketball at Inglemoor High. Photo courtesy of Jolyn Hutsell

Hannah Shimek starred in softball and basketball at Inglemoor High. Photo courtesy of Jolyn Hutsell

More in Sports

Doctor IDs safety measures for youth team sports practices

Before practice begins, parents must understand COVID-19 protective protocols

Pictured: A Mercer Island High School swimmer competes in fall 2019. Washington Interscholastic Activities Association recently announced the girls swim and dive season will be moved to “Season 3,” which begins March 1. File photo
WIAA gives schools option to delay start of prep sports until December

An updated plan moves girls swimming to Season 3 and makes fall cross country an alternate season.

The Todd Beamer Titans football team in Federal Way during a 2019 summer practice. File photo
WIAA modifies prep sports calendar; football moved to spring

Washington’s high school athletics governing body announced its revised plans for the… Continue reading

WIAA delays start dates for fall sports

Football practices to begin Sept. 5, all other sports planned for Sept. 7.

No-show season: WIAA announces cancellation of spring sports, activities

Due to the school closure extension, the cancellation includes all practices, competitions, tournaments and championships, WIAA says.

There’s still hope for spring sports, WIAA announces

Washington Interscholastic Activities Association making contingency plans for high school sports competitions after extension of stay home order.

The WIAA announced Wednesday that if schools reopen at the conclusion of the six-week statewide shutdown ordered last week by Gov. Jay Inslee, then the state championships will go on as planned. (WIAA photo)
WIAA still hoping to hold state championships in May

But if the school shutdown extends past April 24, those championships could be in jeopardy.

Athletic practices and competitions cancelled through April 24 due to coronavirus outbreak

By Andy Nystrom and Benjamin Olson Gov. Jay Inslee announced on March… Continue reading

Games are being postponed in response to coronavirus outbreak

In response to the recent coronavirus outbreak, Eastside schools are taking precautions… Continue reading

Hardwood Classic tips off after coronavirus outbreak

By Benjamin Olson and Andy Nystrom Basketball players took to the court… Continue reading

Inglemoor’s Laird shines at state swim meet

Viking takes sixth in two events.