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The wild Alabama softball rally ends little in OKC

The wild Alabama softball rally ends little in OKC
The marathon tour ended shortly before the Oklahoma City finish line for the Alabama softball team

Playing in front of a thin crowd that witnessed a wild game before, Crimson Tide saw its season finale with a 7-3 loss to Oklahoma at the end of two long days. By needing four victories in 48 hours, Alabama finally got only three.

With that, No. 1 Oklahoma advanced to the women's world college championship at best of three with UCLA. The Sooners threw a pair of two-run homers with Alabama affecting their dinners on Sunday night.

Just a few hours ago, the two went scoreless in seven innings before Caroline Hardy's single hit ended in the bottom of the eighth. The emerging runner Kloyee Anderson scored

"That's what you dream of doing," said Hardy. "You dream like a little kid who gets a hit, your team comes and makes a hug in the middle of the field, yes, it was fun, I love this team."

The Alabama season ended with a 60-10 record and a regular season SEC championship.

"There's no way the team was the 8th seed," said Oklahoma coach Patty Gasso of Alabama. "No, there's no way."

Without the ace, Montana Fouts - The freshman who shot consecutive shots against Arizona and Oklahoma - Alabama turned to Krystal Goodman. He made more than five innings and settled after a two-run race before climbing in the fifth and sixth innings.

The tide countered as one of the times. Reagan Dykes hit a single shot at the top. After Jocelyn Alo hit one of WCWS 'longest home runs in recent memory, Skylar Wallace retired to Alabama 4-3.

Oklahoma (57-4) had too much firepower from there. Nicole Mendes responded quickly with a two-run homer followed by Grace Lyon's solo shot in the bottom of the sixth. They were 7-3 and Alabama had vanished after four games in two days.

"I mean, your body, you wake up and you feel a little sore," said Skylar Wallace, a freshman from Alabama. "Then you start to prepare, you understand well." I wear the shirt in one more day. For me, that was exciting, it made me continue. Listening to music, seeing your teammates coming on the bus to the field, makes you forget what your body is feeling and how tired you are.

Hardy smiled when she answered.

"I'm very tired," he said. "My feet hurt."

When it was over, Alabama gathered in front of her shelter for some hugs through tears. There was a last ALA ... BAMA encourage the fans and families who stayed. For Hardy, it was his last moment in a crimson uniform.

"It was sad," said the superior. "Really sad, you do not think he's coming." I think we sent two really good, really good teams home in the last days. Suddenly you look towards the end, we are enthusiastic about us, but then you look over there and say that this must be the worst feeling in the world.

"For that to happen today, it was difficult."