A shining debut: Baseball team receives rings for last season’s performance

A shining debut: Baseball team receives rings for last season’s performance

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The historic 42-win season that th 2013 Javelina baseball team put together last season was nothing short of brilliant. They earned the right to host the South Central Region tournament last season after winning the Lone Star Conference tournament. That team finally got their LSC tournament rings after an offseason of uncertainty. Due to a technicality, the winner of the LSC tournament was not considered the champion of the league. The winner of the LSC regular season was determined to be the true champion, according to recent policy changes in the LSC. The current Javelina baseball team is working on putting together another run for the LSC title. Head Coach Jason Gonzales said it was a special day for the guys from last season’s team. “The ring ceremony was a very emotional day for all of us. No one really knows the amount of hard work and sacrifice that went into winning a championship except the ones receiving the rings,” Gonzales said. “It was a special day to get to see all of the guys that were a part of that special season. We told them too that we would put these away and begin to work on getting another one.” The decision to give last season’s team is a sigh of relief for the returnees from last season. “It was great getting the rings. It feels like we accomplished something from last year. I’m still disappointed we didn’t get the big one,” said James Black, third basemen. “It was still humbling, and we are trying to get an even bigger ring this year and we have the guys to do it.” With the 2014 season kicking off for the Javelinas, it is important for the team to reflect on the season they had while also focusing on putting

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together another championship run. The 2014 Javelinas have bigger goals than reaching the regional tournament. They said the ultimate goal is the Division II College World Series in Cary, NC. Coach Gonzales didn’t accept the ring from President Tallant before the game because he said he wants to wait for the big one. “I was joking with President Tallant before the ring ceremony in the dugout and he said he wanted a national championship ring,” Gonzales said. “I told him, so do I, so I wasn’t going to accept this one. I would wait for the big one, the national championship ring.” Second baseman Matt Perez said it was very gratifying getting the rings last season but at the same time it’s not exactly what they wanted with the bigger goal of reaching the Division II World Series. “It means a lot to get the rings; in some ways, it’s almost a tease because it’s something that we worked for and at the same time our season didn’t end the way we wanted it to,” Perez said. “We ended up being one game away from the World Series and giving ourselves a chance to make some noise in Cary, North Carolina. It’s obviously very gratifying to get a ring because we did accomplish a lot last year and hopefully we can get it done this year.” The Javelinas continue their quest for a championship this weekend taking on the number 13 ranked Southern Arkansas.


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