Now back from OKC, Seminoles ready to continue building culture for next season

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 5:49 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Who would have thought that, in a Women’s College World Series which saw James Madison take down the number one team in the country on the tournament’s opening day, it would be Florida State who would be the Cinderella story in OKC.

The Seminoles swept their way through the elimination bracket to force a winner-take-all game against top-ranked Oklahoma in the WCWS Championship Series.

While the Noles didn’t bring home a title, you’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise after seeing the scene at Million Air Friday, when FSU returned from Oklahoma City.

Seminoles fans showed up in numbers to show their support for the Tribe after their run. And it should be a scene that becomes familiar, as Florida State softball isn’t going anywhere anytime soon now that this young crop has been there, they’re now ready to do it again.

“You always hear us talk about our core values, I think she’s [head coach Lonni Alameda] done a really good job of just explaining those to us and really getting us to buy into living those every single day,” explained FSU redshirt senior designated player Cassidy Davis. “And I think, obviously, we’re talented softball players but I think our culture definitely shows up on the field and that’s definitely one of the things that makes us different from a lot of other teams out there.”

“When you start preaching, talking, educating on all the things that you want at the end of the season, and you actually live through it and see how much culture is a part of it, how much the love for your team is a part of it and then, obviously, the softball is also a part of it,” Alameda continued. “So, I think that they’ve lived that now, they’ve seen it, so when you start speaking that in September, it holds a lot more weight.”

It may seem a bit out of place to say the future is bright for the national runners up, but for the Seminoles, it’s true.

Kaley Mudge, who set the WCWS record with 14 total hits, is only a freshman.

Kathryn Sandercock, who logged a 3.21 ERA in OKC, is a redshirt sophomore.

And, veteran leaders Sydney Sherrill and Elizabeth Mason are both eligible to return for a run in 2022.

First thing up, though: A trip to Tokyo for Alameda, who will be part of Team Canada’s pitching staff.

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