With Olympics idled, ex-UK softball star staying primed for once-in-a-lifetime shot


When it comes to former University of Kentucky softball player Brittany Cervantes, 2021 will be a year of firsts.

Cervantes, who played for the Wildcats from 2008 to 2012 and now is the team’s director of softball operations, qualified for the Tokyo Olympics as part of the Mexican national team last August when the squad went undefeated in the World Baseball Softball Confederation’s Softball Americas Olympics qualifier.

“It was the best experience of my life,” Cervantes said about the 2019 tournament in Canada. She said that she thinks the current Mexican national team is the best it has ever been.

2021 will be both Cervantes’ and Mexico’s softball Olympics debut, as well as the first time a player from the UK program reaches the global stage.

The Olympics organizing committee announced that softball will open the 2021 Tokyo Games on July 21, two days before the official opening ceremony. Six teams — Mexico, USA, Italy, Canada, Australia and host nation Japan — will compete for gold in the weeklong, round-robin tournament. MORE