Pressure should be intense. But spend some time with a group of children who love softball, that have recently had their hearts broken but that nonetheless reveled in meeting their favorite softball team, and it can be a freeing life lesson.
It’s easy to say it made a difference for Pendley after she hit two home runs, but she was chasing pitches Friday and found patience Saturday. Maybe getting a big picture lesson made that an easier transition.
As for Ricketts, who’s been terrific all season, look at what she’s done at the plate, where she went 4 for 6 with a home run and six RBIs in two games against the Aggies.
It’s also interesting how OU committed no errors in two games against A&M.
For a team that should feel the weight of the world on its shoulders, it’s playing loose as a goose.
Up to now, the Sooner story has been about the dominance, about the nation’s best pitcher and a lineup that offers not a breath of rest.
The story is changing.
It’s becoming bigger, better and lighter, too. How can so dominant a team play with the joy of a group just happy to be here, there, anywhere, together?
OU had help.
Another team taught it how to play.
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