By Kaylise Irizarry
This weekend, Texas State Baseball will make their way to Minute Maid Park to take part in the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic. The tournament will be held in downtown Houston as the Bobcats face Baylor, Houston and Rice with games at 11 a.m. for three consecutive days, March 1-3. This is the fourth year that the Houston Astros Foundation has teamed up with Shriners Hospitals for Children in order to make this charity event possible. For every ticket that is sold, $1 will be donated towards the organization’s cause.
Having played these teams before at some point in time, Texas State is aware of the type of competition that lies ahead. Coach Harrington knows the Bobcats have to play a high caliber of baseball against their respective opponents the next few days and hopes that they carry on the confidence they used to motivate them the weekend before.
Although it is monumental that this team is playing at Minute Maid Park for the first time, they are playing for something more. Brandon, a patient of Shriners Hospital, was given the opportunity to spend the day at Bobcat Ballpark with the baseball team. Having Brandon at practice meant the world to not only him, but to the entire baseball program as well. Coach Harrington is proud of the young men that make up Texas State’s organization and wants this weekend to stand as an opportunity for them to count their blessings, big or small. Knowing that Brandon will be rooting them on gives the Bobcats both an emotional advantage and purpose to drive them during this year’s Classic.
Texas State will kick off the three-day tournament facing Rice on Friday, March 1 at 11 a.m.
Featured image by Kaylise Irizarry.