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NCAA softball: Southmoore grad Sydney Sherrill living ‘surreal’ dream with Florida State

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Florida State's Sydney Sherrill (24) takes a swing at a pitch in the second inning of the second game of the championship series in the Women's College World Series between Florida State and Washington at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Photo by Anya Magnuson, The Oklahoman
Florida State's Sydney Sherrill (24) takes a swing at a pitch in the second inning of the second game of the championship series in the Women's College World Series between Florida State and Washington at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Photo by Anya Magnuson, The Oklahoman

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Sydney Sherrill always dreamed of playing at Florida State.

“I’ve loved Florida State since I was a freshman,” the Southmoore High School product said Friday following the Seminoles' 4-1 win over Oklahoma State in Game 2 of an NCAA super regional at JoAnne Graf Field.

Sherrill originally committed to Arkansas before her freshman year at Southmoore but quickly changed her mind when the Seminoles came calling and committed as a sophomore.

“She’s a ball player and loves playing ball,” Florida State coach Lonni Alameda said. “I can tell you she’s a better teammate and a more fun person than the way she plays softball. When we go out and recruit, we want people who can play a high-level game, but we want the kids we love being around 24/7, and Syd is one of those. She is the glue for the team.

“She’s only a sophomore and it’s bananas,” Alameda added. “You look at her at-bats right now and they’re treating her like a senior. It’s been a blessing for us to have her here.”

Alameda wasn’t just giving coach-speak about one of her own players. FSU sophomore Elizabeth Mason, who had two of Florida State’s hits in Friday’s win, called Sherrill her best friend. Senior Meghan King, who struck out nine Cowgirls, said Sherrill keeps everyone loose.

“There were moments in (Thursday’s 3-1 loss) where you get to the eighth and ninth inning and you’re like, ‘Gosh, this is a long game,’ and you just look at her smile and how much fun she has playing the game and it just gives you energy,” King said. “That just goes back to being a good teammate and loving what she does.”

Among the overflow crowd of 1,550 fans was a small group of Oklahomans. Most of them were wearing orange and black, but a few of them were rooting for the Seminoles. Sherrill’s parents and a handful of friends were also in attendance.

“It’s great to have them here,” Sherrill said of her own little fan club that is led by her father, Scott.

Scott Sherrill drove from Oklahoma to attend nearly every Seminoles weekend game last year. When his daughter played in the Women’s College World Series as a freshman, Scott was the head cheerleader in Oklahoma City. Sydney Sherrill said winning a national championship as a freshman in her home state was “surreal.” Sharing that experience with her family was “awesome” and it’s one she hopes to duplicate this year.

Sherrill and her Seminoles will have to get past the Cowgirls in Saturday’s decisive Game 3 to punch their ticket to OKC. Sherrill played on a club team with Oklahoma State infielder Sydney Pennington and considers her a friend. Just not this weekend.

“Right now,” she said with a smile, “we’re enemies.”

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