OKLAHOMA CITY —
“They are an amazing team,” Weekly said. “I spent nine years with our national team. This Oklahoma team would have beat most of the other countries. Even the great ones. I don’t know if they would have beat the U.S., but I tell you what, they are a great team.”
Several of the Sooners counterparts in other sports came out and cheered on the softball team throughout the week. From men’s gymnastics to women’s soccer to football, the Oklahoma athletic family was well represented.
“I see those girls all day every day in the academic center,” OU wide receiver Sterling Shepard said. “For them to win the national championship is great to see. They have been working hard. I know how much work we put in for football. They put in as much work as we do. That is the end result that you look for at the end of the season. And they were able to accomplish it.
“Props to them.”
The softball team may have also have given the rest of the programs a little incentive for next year.
“Definitely,’ Shepard said. “We are going to work hard and try to get there. Seeing the ladies do it tonight, they brought it home to Oklahoma. And we want to do the same.”
This was the eighth trip to the WCWS in program history for the Sooners. They have reached the best-of-three championship finals three times since the format was changed in 2005.
When the game was over, the Sooners spent more than an hour hanging around the field, not wanting let go of the feeling. The fans who watched had the same feeling.
“This is the first time we came,” Wes Wood of McAlester said. “But we will definitely come back. It was a lot of fun. Was sort of a softball fan before, I am more now for sure. I like the small atmosphere. It reminds me of what college sports is all about.”
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