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Local girls' softball team rides out deadly Oklahoma twister

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SAN DIEGO (CBS8) - A local girls' softball team found itself facing Friday's deadly tornado which touched down near Oklahoma City, where they had traveled to help the family of a fellow softball player killed in the May 20th twister.

"They put all of us into the ladies bathroom down in the lobby. We were hunkered down for two hours," said Annette Cotto Otero, a team mom for the San Diego Mystic '00, whose members were also in Oklahoma to participate in the Triple Crown Nationals tournament.

When the 14 girls, ages 12 and 13, arrived in Oklahoma City Thursday, they were on a mission to help others who lost so much to the deadly tornado earlier this month. But late Friday afternoon, they were thrown a curve ball when they found themselves in an eerily similar situation.

"Here we are, going through the same thing that some people went thru a week ago," Otero told News 8 by cell phone, "and lost some of their stuff and lost some of their family."

Among those killed May 20th was nine-year-old Sydney Angle, a fellow softball player from Moore, Oklahoma whose family also lost their home.

In response to that tragic death, the San Diego Mystic players, along with their families, raised more than $2,000 for the Angle family, and traveled to Oklahoma to play in a tournament specially dedicated to Angle.

"Everything changed for us when the tragedy struck, for that little girl who played softball," said Joaquin Farfan, the team's manager.

Friday afternoon. everything changed once again, when the unpredictable twister initially appeared to be on a direct course with the Mystic players' hotel.

"This tornado was coming right at us, right here, and then it jumped over," Otero said. "We were all sticking together, speaking positive. We had faith that everything was going to be okay."

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