But when the Sooners returned to school in the fall, the emotions from that loss were still raw, Gasso noted and Ricketts confirmed. After the season ended Ricketts and her teammates left almost immediately for Team USA tryouts, something that might have pushed the loss from their minds.
But, at least for Ricketts, there was no such luck.
“It’s not something you forget when you lose Game 3,” she said. “It’s painful to think about.”
But Ricketts and her teammates plan to use that game as motivation, and her personal goals only extend as far as they can help her team avenge that loss a year ago.
“A lot of players and pitchers have ups and downs,” she said. “I just want to come back this year and be more consistent. I have another season to go, and I’m going to do everything I can to help my teammates get back there.”
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