By Kaylise Irizarry and Landon Gutierrez
“The work you put in today makes you better tomorrow.”
While Texas State Softball geared up for the 2019 season, it was “all ears” at practice when Coach Cat Osterman spoke words of wisdom. Osterman was recently named to the 2020 USA Olympic softball team, something her players are extremely proud of. Diamond Duo, Haleigh Davis and infielder Hailey MacKay are a testament to this. Davis, who is entering her junior year as a catcher/infielder, considers having Osterman as a coach, a “bonus.” Osterman often works with Davis to improve her skills behind the plate. It is key for catchers to know their pitchers well, which is why Davis considers Osterman a role model, and not just a pitching coach.
2018 was a successful season for both Davis and MacKay, leading them to be named to the preseason all-conference team. The duo credited their team for putting them in this position. Davis, knowing that someone “believed in her,” chose to use this honor as motivation to keep the momentum going this year. While appreciative and humbled, both girls know that there is more work to be done, both “[caring] a lot more about what the end of the year says, than the beginning. We want more.”
What to Expect
The team hit hard this off season, and is ready to hit even harder going into their 2019 campaign. On the defensive side of the ball, fans should expect to see much improved glove work, and quicker reaction time, which the team hopes will eventually lead to more double plays. Offensively, the ‘Cats have focused on driving the ball and producing “quality at bats” while putting pressure on the opposing pitcher, in hopes to assist their team in any way possible.
After a long offseason of hard work, the maroon and gold are ready to shine on the diamond once again when taking on conference rival UTSA. For athletes, home field advantage is important. Davis and MacKay both expressed how meaningful it is to play in front of their home crowd. MacKay referenced men’s basketball’s recent success, and the energy surrounding the team, hoping that fans bring the same level of enthusiasm to the ballpark. Davis knows her team is eager to show out in front of the Bobcat faithful, and wants the fans to know that their support means the world to them.
Texas State Softball will take on conference rival UTSA Thursday Feb. 7 to kick off the Bobcat Classic. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Bobcat Softball Stadium.
Featured image by Texas State Athletics.