CANYON, Texas (KFDA) - Just one day after winning the DII softball National Championship, West Texas A&M is back in Canyon. The Lady Buffs took down Biola in game three of the series 4-1. Freshman Gabriella Valforte hit the game winning grand slam in the sixth inning, bringing home the three upperclassmen. Fans greeted the Lady Buffs on Wednesday, celebrating the team’s second title in program history. The squad shared their thoughts on this special moment.
”It is literally, all the awards everything else before this, nothing really matters. This is the best literally the best thing I could ever ask for. It’s what I wanted coming in here when I was 18. Now I’m 23 leaving a National Champion so that’s all I ever wanted.”
“I think Canyon is a really special place, and that’s why I decided to stay here. You know, we have the best, I think we have the best fans around and it’s really awesome to see all the support that we have.”
“You couldn’t have written a better story for seniors. You know three seniors on base. Shanna on third, Erica on second and me on first, the freshmen comes up. I already knew she was going to do something. I looked at Kara who was our first base coach at the time and I said she’s going do something big right here.”
“It was just so emotional and so exciting that the girls that taught me everything that I know and how to be just an amazing leader, on and off the field, that I could send them home for the final game. It was just amazing.”
“We keep having to remind ourselves like wow we won the National Championship. Yeah we never, I mean honestly, I never would have thought you know like but we put in all the hard work and I think that we deserved it. We worked harder than any other team I think that we ever faced.”
“The success that this team had this year was just so much fun, and I think we talk about it all the time when we’re recruiting how much fun it is to play softball here at WT. It’s just another good example and another story that I’m going to be telling recruits here in the future.”
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