“We're definitely building off the strength we see here. We feel that strength, and I think that helped us set the tone for this game.”
The Sooners showed their strength in the sixth inning. Up until that point, though, the game was fairly close. In the bottom of the sixth, the Sooners drew four walks and singled twice.
Four runs were scored on bases-loaded walks. Then Ricketts smacked a ball that sailed over the left field fence.
“We just trust that it's going to come and we're going to hit it open,” Ricketts said.
The nine-hole batter, Brianna Turang, went 3-for-3 with two singles and a double. Turang said after playing with Angle's youth softball teammates on Thursday night and seeing how strong they were, she was also inspired.
“It gave us the motivation to know we can do anything,” she said. “We can bring joy.”
As Casey Angle walked back into the dugout after the game, Sooners tapped her on the helmet. Senior catcher Jessica Shults wrapped her arm around her. The Sooners gave a 10-year-old who lost her baby sister this week a reason to smile.
“It almost gave our athletes ... it allowed them to look and see why originally they started to play this game,” Lombardi said. “It was to be with their friends and have fun because they love the sport of softball.”