After the unbelievable first game of the 2017 WCWS Championship I didn’t know what to expect from Oklahoma who had to be riding on a high knowing they only needed to win one more game to repeat as the WCWS Champions. While Florida had to be concerned knowing 70+% of the time the team that wins game one goes on to win the series best 2 out of 3 format.
It didn’t take long for the action to get started in Tuesday’s game as Oklahoma’s first hitter Nicole Mendes took Florida starting pitcher Aleshia Ocasio’s pitch over the outfield wall to give Oklahoma the early 1-0 lead. After that though suprise starter Ocasio settled down.
In the top of the second it was Florida’s bats turn to come to life including a Sophia Reynoso home run. Florida scored 3 runs in the second and chased starting Oklahoma pitcher Paige Parker from the game with Oklahoma bringing freshman Mariah Lopez in to takeover the pitching duties. In the bottom of the 2nd inning after Oklahoma loaded the bases with just one out Florida’s Ocasio was pulled and senior Delanie Gourley entered the game. After getting out number two she walked in a run then gave up a 3 run double that gave Oklahoma a 5-3 lead.
Florida picked up one run thanks to a Chelsea Herndon home run in the 3rd inning to bring the score to 5-4.
In the 5th Oklahoma brought in outfielder Nicole Mendes to takeover the mound duties and she done a good job getting the Gators out three straight.
In the top of the 6th after a lead off single Mendes was put back in right field and fastball ace closer Paige Lowary entered the game. Then in the bottom of the 6th Gourley did what she needed to do keeping Oklahoma from adding to their lead.
In the top of the 7th with their last at bat Florida just couldn’t get to Oklahoma’s Lowary as she took down the side and got the win for the Sooners.
So Oklahoma takes their 3rd championship title in 5 years and are back-to-back champions.