Jocelyn Alo’s journey to OU softball ‘like some unbelievable fiction’

Jocelyn Alo’s path from her first days hitting a softball in a park in Hauula, Hawaii, to softball’s biggest stage has been nothing short of a storybook tale.

“If someone was to write this story of hers, nobody would believe it would actually happen,” Alo’s father, Levi Alo, said. “That’s how crazy it is. It would be like some unbelievable fiction that somebody wrote.”

It’s real, though.

From that public park along the northeast shorelines of Oahu to the near daily 45-minute drives to the nearest batting cages to playing travel ball in Southern California to a record-shattering career at OU that will come to a close over the next two weeks at the Women’s College World Series, Alo’s journey has had plenty of twists and turns.

Alo and the top-seeded Sooners open the WCWS against Northwestern at 1:30 pm Thursday at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium.

“It’s definitely bittersweet,” Alo said Wednesday. “I can’t even believe that it’s my last one because… there is no next year.

“I’m just excited and just ready to leave it all out on the field.”

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For Alo, the NCAA’s all-time career home run leader and two-time national collegiate player of the year, Oklahoma has become a second home.

USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium has become a second home to the Sooners, who are in the event for a program-record sixth consecutive time.

Alo remembers the butterflies she felt as the 2018 WCWS, her first, began.

“I was like, ‘Woah,’” Alo said. “My eyes were wide open.

“I’ve definitely learned over the years how to handle those emotions and how to handle this environment. I’ve learned a lot from people like Shay Knighten, Syd Romero, Caleigh Clifton and that group of seniors on how to stay composed.”

Wherever softball took Jocelyn, Levi was going to be right there.

“My bestie,” Jocelyn said earlier this season of her dad. “He’s been with me since Day One, and he believed in me before I even believed in myself.”

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