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San Diego softball team working to get out of Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (CBS 8) - A local girls softball team is celebrating after winning a championship game in Oklahoma City.

The girls played in a tournament honoring a softball player from Moore, Okla. who died two weeks ago. They're celebrating at a hotel pool Monday, but on Friday it was a different story. The team was crammed in a hotel bathroom, taking cover from another round of twisters to hit the area.

Just days ago, 12- and 13-year-old girls on the San Diego Mystic softball team hunkered down in a bathroom in Oklahoma City, some wearing helmets as protection in case there was falling debris as a tornado ripped through the area.

In a team photo taken Monday, they show huge smiles while holding a plaque naming them the champions of the Silver Division.

"It was awesome. The girls did a great job, they had their game on, they were spot on. They won all three games all the way that led up to the championship game," team mom Annette Cotto Otero said.

The local team raised more than $2,000 for the family of 9-year-old Sydney Angle, a softball player from Moore, Okla. who was killed on May 20. Her family also lost their home in the tornado, and the girls instantly knew they wanted to travel to Oklahoma City to play in a tournament in Sydney's honor.

"They were all excited to be able to play in honor of her. Some of them had her name written across their arm, her number written across her arm," Otero said.

The team never imagined their lives would also be put in jeopardy. On Friday, as twisters headed their way, the girls sat nervous and scared as they waited for a series of tornadoes to pass. Nine people died that day, but the twisters skipped over the team's hotel.

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

And as they prepare to return home to San Diego with a championship win and some unforgettable memories, they are keeping Sydney close to their hearts.

"They came here to play in her honor and they came here and play for her. And I think in the back of their minds they were also saying, they're going to win for her," Otero said.

Most of the players will be returning to San Diego Tuesday.

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