The Morningside and Mount Mercy softball teams leave for Decatur, Alabama, this week to take part in the N-A-I-A Championships. Morningside is in the tournament for the second straight year. The Mustangs won the Great Plains Conference regular season and tournament titles.

Morningside coach Jessica Jones-Sitzman who says the winners of the pools will advance to the double-elimination championship bracket.

Morningside’s first game is Thursday morning against Bethel of Indiana. Mount Mercy is in the field for the first time since 1990. Coach Glenn Johnson’s team came into the season with lofty expectations and won the Midwest Collegiate Conference title.

Sophomore pitcher Becca Smith leads the way. She was named the M-C-C pitcher of the year and takes a 26-3 record into the national tournament. Mount Mercy opens Thursday morning against William Carey of Mississippi.