Doelitsch signs with UTPB
By Michael Brooks
For Cowgirl Delaney Doelitsch, playing softball at the next level was almost an inevitability. Her sister, Madison Kucera, played college ball and is now an assistant softball coach of the Cowgirls.
Doelitsch says she realized she wanted to play college ball “when I couldn’t imagine just playing to the end of high school. I’ve always wanted to further the years of playing for as long as I could.”
So Doelitsch put in a lot of hard work and started playing Select Ball, and her dream came true as she signed her letter of intent to play softball for the University of Texas Permian Basin, in Odessa.
“My main two options were an Oklahoma school and UTPB,” Doelitsch explained. “There were many other schools, they just weren’t in the running. They were both just better programs.
“Out of all the schools, UTPB had the best program for what I need for my schooling. I’m going to study Physical Therapy. I got to visit Odessa and really liked it. It’s like a big town with it and Midland put together.”
Doelitsch had the dream to continue playing but realized it could actually become a reality when she joined her current Select Team.
“After I got on the team, I was put in front of many colleges and started to generate a lot of interest,” she explained. "That’s when I realized that yes, I can get to the collegiate level.”
UTPB has a new head coach and is currently rebuilding their team, and Doelitsch believe she will have a chance to play early.
“The coach moved in around June last year, so she will be getting basically a whole new team at once. I believe I will have a chance to start as a freshman.”
The 475 mile distance between Edna and Odessa is a big one, but Doelitsch is ready for the adventure.
“I don’t know anyone there and I think I will probably get homesick,” she explained. "I am a little scared and a little nervous.”
Doelitsch is still playing her senior softball season, but is ready to take her skills to the next level and see all of her hard work pay off.