FSU softball ‘overwhelmed’ at fan support upon return from OKC
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - After a near picture-perfect end of the season for Seminole Softball, the team was welcomed with open arms by a large crowd of ‘Noles fans at the Tallahassee Airport Friday afternoon.
They earned a a well-deserved round of applause after overcoming the odds to make it so far in Oklahoma City.
WCTV was on the tarmac as the team touched down.
The fence along the runway was completely lined with ‘Noles fans who didn’t mind the midday sun and were eager to cheer on a team that has inspired so many.
After the plane landed, two airport firetrucks greeted the team with a water cannon salute.
“I knew the water cannons were coming, I get excited about water cannons, I think that’s really special and fun,” said Head Coach Lonni Alameda.
The celebration ended with a lengthy autograph signing and meet-and greet with the next generation of young fans
“I was that little kid at one point looking up to all those players that came before me, so it’s cool to see it all come full circle,” said softball senior Cassidy Davis.
In between, Seminole spirit was on full display. Parents in the crowd said the team is a perfect role model.
“There’s no person on the team that makes all the plays and they’re the playmaker,” said fan Tabitha Smiley. “They work together as a team and they get it done.”
For the fans that watched every game, this was a chance to reflect on the wild week that happened.
“That first game that they won...I was going crazy. I was so excited,” recalled fan Addison Barber.
Coach Alameda finally got a moment to soak in the love, too.
“The amount of people in Tallahassee, the amount in Oklahoma City...13,000, 14,000 screaming...most for OU, a thousand for us...but you could tell our family was there with us,” said Alameda.
The family stayed together and is now working to spread the love for a growing game.
Speaking of Coach Alameda, Friday happened to be her birthday, and the crowd came prepared.
The FSU Marching Chiefs played “Happy Birthday,” and she received a bunch of balloons and cards.
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