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WCWS: Sooners finish challenging season as one of the last six teams standing

Injuries hit the Sooners hard this season, with Kady Self lost for the year and Lauren Chamberlain reduced to a fraction of the player who hit 60 home runs her first two years. But the team kept grinding forward.
by Scott Wright Published: June 1, 2014
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Ultimately, she recorded the most pitching victories in an OU season with 38, passing Ricketts’ mark of 37. And she shows untapped potential that could continue to blossom over her final two years.

Injuries hit the Sooners hard, with Kady Self lost for the year and Lauren Chamberlain reduced to a fraction of the player who hit 60 home runs her first two years.

But players like Stevens, Shelby Pendley, Destinee Martinez and Brittany Williams kept the Sooners grinding forward. Martinez, Williams and Javen Henson represent a senior class that became the heart of an overachieving team.

Now, Chamblerain, Pendley and Georgia Casey are part of a six-player class who will be in those roles as seniors next season. With a strong core group of returning players, and a promising recruiting class, expectations will be just as high in Norman next year.

“(This year’s seniors) paved the way and they’re passing the torch to those of us that are now going to be seniors,” Chamberlain said. “(We’re motivated) to leave our legacy on the field as well because they left an awesome legacy. Big shout out to our seniors. Ending on a loss always fuels us for the next season and we have some really good kids coming in and a lot of returners, so I'm really excited for it.”

by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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