The ball popped shallowly over the infield and gripped the netting in front of her perch in the dugout.

It looked like the OU’s softball coach’s legs might give out as , appropriately, clenched her glove and clinched the at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium on Thursday.

Gasso wasn’t supposed to be at the ballpark Thursday, expecting instead to be in northeast Oklahoma for her son’s rehearsal dinner ahead of his Friday wedding.

But weekend weather delays, and loss in the first of the best-of-three championship series, made those plans secondary — for a bit at least.

“I’m paying for it, but I’m not there,” Gasso said after an extended celebration with her team, a large group of her former players and plenty of Sooners fans who hung around

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