The sports team of University star will take only fond and proud memories of reporting on the 2022 Bobcat baseball season. In our time at The star and at Texas State, this is the first time we’ve seen San Marcos represented nationally, and being a small part of such a historic season hasn’t been taken for granted.
We sat in the press box at Bobcat Ballpark to witness the team’s record 47 wins, the all time high in school history. We had the opportunity to meet the players and coaches on the pitch during post-match interviews on the pitch. We have all shared the joyous victories and the heartbreaking losses with the team, the students of Texas State and the community of San Marcos.
Watching the brown and gold go to Alabama for the Sun Belt Championship filled us all with a sense of pride. However, following the team’s trip to Stanford for the regional tournament gave us a much deeper sense of school spirit. With the Bobcats three out of the Super Regionals organization and a chance to go to Omaha for the College World Series, watching Stanford return has had implications for us at The star.
If the Bobcats had won, Texas State would have held a super regional tournament for the first time in school history. This meant we would have had the great opportunity to cover the games with major media present, giving us a sense of pride in our journalism background and further cementing our future in the field. San Marcos and the State of Texas would have been in the national spotlight, providing every resident and student with a one-of-a-kind experience.
However, our own hopes of watching and reporting on Super Regionals are selfish, as it understates the work the baseball team has done behind the scenes to give us the best on-field product the state of Texas has ever had. seen.
A school record of 47 wins will not be forgotten. Senior shortstop Dalton Shuffield’s season of accolades will not be forgotten. Senior right-handed pitcher Triston Stivor’s extraordinary seven-inning effort in the final game of the season will not be forgotten, and first-year first baseman Daylan Pena’s grand slam against same-state rival the University of Texas, will not be forgotten.
While it may be hard to top, we look forward with great hope to the upcoming Texas State baseball season.