“Usually we say that we play for the name on the front of the jersey,” she said, “and that name has a different meaning to it now after this past week.”
The day before, it seemed and felt apparent, that there was more going on than a mere postseason softball game between Sooners and Aggies. Saturday, the connection was made more clear.
Gasso was asked if there’s more gravity to her team’s season than there was even a week ago.
“There is, there’s no question,” she said. “We’ve been moved quite a bit by a lot of people and all we want to do is move them back.”
Only, there’s a twist, for the season is now heavier and lighter at the same time.
“I saw Keilani Ricketts change over the rain out (Thursday) when we were able to spend some time with that ‘Bring it’ team,” Gasso said, signifying Angle’s team. “I saw Keilani just in a different place and just recognizing that people are just so excited to see her and that kids who probably haven’t had much joy the last couple of days were feeling it around her and that’s something important to her and I think it just took a lot of pressure off.”
Gasso reported that Angle’s family had been “desperately looking for a picture that Sydney took with Keilani at the World (Cup) game, to try to bring it to show Keilani that they had met.”
Also, Sydney’s sister, Casey, had received instruction from Sooner catcher Jessica Shults.
It’s a beautiful thing.
They’re the best team in the country and have been all season long, clearly more imposing and with better pitching than the 2000 Sooners, who claimed the program’s only national championship.