By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
The girls of summer are about roll in one of their favorite events. It’s time for the 2021 Women’s College World Series played annually at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
The event is more intriguing since it was cancelled last year due to COVID-19. The absence left a void in a season and did not give UCLA a chance to repeat as champions.
Arizona head coach Mike is the winningest coach in college history 1640 plus wins. This is his 24th trip to the WCWS and he has 8 titles more than any other coach.
Janello Meono (Wilson High, Hacienda Heights) is batting .469 with 69 hits. Alyssa Palimino-Cordoza (Mission Viejo) will lead the offense.
The Wildcats will take on Alabama in the opening game.
Oklahoma (50-2) is the number ranked team this year coming in after defeating 16-seeded Washington two games to none in the Super Regionals held in Norman.
Two of the three Finalist’s for National Player of the Year pitcher Gabby Plain and the OU’s Jocelyn Alo squared off in the tourney. It appeared Alo did the best of the two. After striking out the first time vs. the PAC-12 Pitcher of the Year
Alo went 7 for 7, with 3 homers seven RBI’s and 2 walks.
“I think she had something to prove,” said Sooner Head coach Patty Gasso. “Although I don’t think she’s big on awards and things like that, I think she wanted to prove she’s a pretty good hitter against any pitcher any high in me.”
The Sooners also have Freshman Tiare Jennings from St. Anthony’s high in Long Beach. has stepped right in batting .485 with 84 RBI’s and 22 homers in 52 games.
When asked by NCAA.com what it felt like being a freshman on the top ranked team in the country she stated: “Its an absolute dream being around great players-competition it pushes me to be better every day, I came in thinking I will be the best I can where they put you, I want be a role model.”
The 2019-2020 California Gatorade Player of The Year has been named Big 12-Player of The Week 4 times this season.
The Sooners have homered in 50 of its 52 games which totals 146 for the season, the record is 158 set by Hawaii in 2010.
The Sooners will take on James Madison University Champions of the Colonial Athletic Conference.
JMU (39-2) carried a 28 game win streak that included wins over U. of Virginia (ACC), Tennessee (SEC) in to the Super Regionals when they defeated Tigers (SEC) 2-1and the next game of the best of three series the ended with a 7-1. The following day they came out on top with a 7-2 win that sent them to the first WCWS in school history.
Odicci Alexander is the spark of the team with a16-1 record and 1.5 ERA from the circle she’s the teams “hearth and soul”.
The team played in the Regionals at Easton Field in 2018 and didn’t do well but this team is a mature experienced group. They are hungry and spirited.
All Game can be seen on ESPN.