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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Caught in the middle of this latest round of severe weather is a softball team from San Diego.

They were in Oklahoma for a tournament dedicated to a victim of the monster tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma.

What a difference a day makes for the San Diego Mystic softball team. Just 24 hours ago they were ordered onto a bathroom floor with a tornado just outside.

Saturday, the team has an even stronger reminder of why they made the trip to begin with.

An entire San Diego softball team crammed into an Oklahoma City hotel bathroom.

"All the girls were pretty much scared, some were to the point that they were crying," said team mom Annette Cotto Otero.

Some with their helmets on in case of falling debris - the San Diego Mystic weren't on the practice field Friday - they were in the middle of a real live tornado.

"You have no control so it was just a matter of you know being of faith and staying positive and doing what they were telling us to do."

The team of teenagers stayed hunkered down for two hours while they rode out the deadly tornados.

They're in town for a softball tournament dedicated to nine-year-old Sydney Angle, who was killed in the May 20th Moore tornado.

Devastating winds claimed nine lives in the Oklahoma City area but the twisters just skipped over the team's hotel.

"We said there is a God, we have those angels up there looking over us."

Otero says her team is ready to be off of the bathroom floor and on the field for tomorrow's emotional big game.

"I'm a little choked up about the whole thing. You think about it and say did we go through that? Yeah we really went through that."

And going through that is something the team says is a memory to last a lifetime.

"This is something that we'll never forget."

The team raised $2,000 to give to the family of the nine-year-old killed on May 20th. The Mystic plans to return home to San Diego on Tuesday.

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