Texas a Cinderella Team?


It’s hard to think of any Texas team being called a Cinderella team but this year’s softball team might fit the bill. With an up and down season that at times even looked like they might not make the playoffs and entering it as an unranked team. At first I wasn’t a believer in them either picking them to lose their regional round series against Arkansas and then their super regional round against Washington. I just didn’t think they could ride pitcher Hailey Dolcini’s arm through the whole tournament. But playing through obvious pain Dolcini got Texas to the WCWS..

Once at the WCWS in Oklahoma City a surprising thing happened, pitcher’s Sophia Simpson and Estelle Czeck both got game starts and shined brightly in their winning appearances giving Dolicini’s arm a much needed chance to rest.

Texas also cut down on the fielding errors that had plagued them all year and used speed on the bases and timely hits to score the runs needed to keep winning. Along with taking full advantage of the oppositions errors to put runs on the scoreboard.

For Texas Mia Scott and Alyssa Washington have found their hitting groove and Courtney Day has become a home run machine. Add that to the ever presence bats of Janae Jefferson and Mary Iakopo and you have a winning combination.

Also kudos to head coach Mike White who has continued to get the best out of his players while trying different fielding position options until he found the winning combination. 

Once again though the road is gonna be tough one in the finals to bring the championship trophy back to Austin for the first time in school history. Their opponents the Oklahoma Sooners have been called by many this season the greatest woman’s college team ever and with their numbers and stats a good argument can be made for it. Oklahoma can slaughter the ball and at times put runs up on the scoreboard faster then the roadrunner in a cartoon. Their pitching staff is loaded with aces that make you work for every run you get. 

On paper it looks like an easy series win and another back-to-back championship for Oklahoma but with Texas this year I’ve learned my lesson and with that Cinderella factor they have going who knows what could happen come game time. 

I like rooting for the underdog plus Texas has a special place in my softball heart since the first woman’s college softball game I ever watched they were playing in it. So I’m gonna go with my heart and pick Texas to complete their underdog mission even though my brain is yelling to take Oklahoma.

Texas Softball 2022 Preview


Texas hopes to continue their success from last season when they finished with a 43-14 record and made it to the NCAA Stillwater Super Regional before getting eliminated by the eventual National Champion’s Oklahoma.

This year’s roster will include ten players returning from last year. Among them is All-American Janae Jefferson who does it all with a .446 batting average and 14 stolen bases last season. Along with senior’s Lauren Burke (.302 BA 33 RBIs) and catcher power hitter Mary Iakopo (.322 BA, 16 HR’s, 45 RBIs).

With returning junior pitcher Shea O’Leary (16-6 W-L, 1.82 ERA, 25 starts, 15 complete games, six shutouts, 121 strikeouts) in the circle it usually doesn’t take many runs to win a game. O’Leary will have help this season from Fresno State All-American fifth-year transfer right-handed pitcher Hailey Dolcini (22-5 W-L, 1.12 ERA, 259 strikeouts). Also joining the team is former N.C. State sophomore left-handed pitcher Estelle Czech (four wins in 2021, 3.14 ERA, 39 strikeouts) and former Houston junior right-handed pitcher Logan Hulon (10 career wins, 3.54 career ERA, 107 career strikeouts).

Texas also has a highly rated freshman class with several players who might be ready to step in and help the program immediately.

With the mix of returning players, talented transfers, and a strong incoming group of freshmen Texas head coach Mike White will have a lot of talented players to work with this season. As usual, Texas is in the mix of names being mentioned to be Big 12 Conference Champions this year along with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Texas should also make a deep run come NCAA Tournament time this year.